James Webb wins Wonderful Pistachios, Joey Chestnut 5th

update Feb 28
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Results from James Webb’s video (announcement starts at 33:35): 8 minute contest
1 James Webb 338 pistachios
2T Nick Wehry 221
2T Darrien Thomas 221
4 Steve Hammond 191
5T Joey Chestnut 167
5T Bartley Weaver 167
7 Joey Bosa 152
8 Gideon Oji 147

I think this is the first time Joey Chestnut’s contest total has ever been doubled. Even in his first Nathan’s finals in 2005, he still ate about 2/3 of what Takeru Kobayashi did (32 hot dogs vs. 49)

Joey Bosa finished ahead of MLE’s #6 eater, Gideon Oji.

In a post contest interview on stage, Darrien Thomas said he not only abstained from training, he had never eaten a pistachio before the competition. That handicap did not prevent him from finishing second.

TMZ has an interview with Los Angeles Chargers defender Joey Bosa about competing in today’s Wonderful Pistachios Get Crackin’ Eating Championship at the Santa Monica Pier. Bosa is not the first NFL defensive lineman to compete in a Major League Eating contest, In 2003 William Perry competed in the Nathan’s hot dog finals and ate 4 hot dogs before quitting midway through the competition. In 2005, Perry also particpated in the Trip Rewards World Birthday Cake Eating Championship and finished last.

Comments (52)


  1. Kate Webb said

    February 26, 2024 @ 3:42 pm

    Livestream URL: https://www.youtube.com/live/6TKHfVKSdXA?feature=shared

  2. Anonymous said

    February 26, 2024 @ 10:30 pm

    Why are comments turned off for this video? They seem to be on for the others.

  3. Anonymous said

    February 26, 2024 @ 11:04 pm

    Something doesn’t make sense here

  4. ojrifkin said (Registered July 27, 2005)

    February 27, 2024 @ 1:09 am

    Other than announcing Webb’s winning total, it seems like MLE has imposed a blackout on the contest. They have yet to post any of the other official results and no competitor has posted anything about the contest on twitter.

  5. Anonymous said

    February 27, 2024 @ 4:45 am

    James was a monster and knew how to shell those things at a level way above anyone else this year. Congrats to James.

  6. Anonymous said

    February 27, 2024 @ 7:45 am

    He cheated and ate the shells. Kate I’m sure you’re proud.

  7. Anonymous said

    February 27, 2024 @ 10:03 am

    @445 no. I don’t think Joey and Nick combined for James # basically. It doesn’t make sense. With the weight was off or he was cheating

  8. Anonymous said

    February 27, 2024 @ 11:30 am

    I have video. Why is his pile of shells smaller than second and third and he did so much more? Where are his shells? Where are proof. He ate the shells. He ate the whole unit. You can see in multiple times how quickly he was going and there were no shells going into the cracked pile. How far is this guy willing to go to use fraud in competitive to make us all look bad. Mle needs to take his title away.

  9. Anonymous said

    February 27, 2024 @ 12:08 pm

    It does seem odd that he could win by such a large margin versus everyone else. The rules said you can’t eat them whole??

    How did they do the counts? did they count the empty shells? or just provide eaters with a given number of pistachios during the contest, and then count the remaining whole pistachios at the end? (i.e., they backed into the amount that were eaten, even if the empty shells amount didn’t match…)

  10. Anonymous said

    February 27, 2024 @ 1:16 pm

    First off joey is the G.O.A.T. of MLE, and no one is going to beat him at Nathans. But can someone tell me why he is still ranked #1?

  11. Anonymous said

    February 27, 2024 @ 1:50 pm

    On the stream it didn’t look like he was getting rid of all the shells

  12. Anonymous said

    February 28, 2024 @ 7:55 am

    I hope MLE allows everyone to cheat now.

  13. Anonymous said

    February 28, 2024 @ 10:04 am

    I just watched the video again. Even the amount of time his hand goes to his face. It’s not possible he out paced everyone by even close to that much. Cheating has to be handled. This isn’t a YouTube video it’s a contest

  14. Anonymous said

    February 28, 2024 @ 2:32 pm

    Webster thinks he’s better better than everybody else and can get away with it.

  15. Anonymous said

    February 28, 2024 @ 5:36 pm

    Maybe his quick fingers are the result of all the time he’s been spending with Raina, making more “content”. I’m sure they provide each other with some “mutual benefits”

  16. Anonymous said

    February 28, 2024 @ 10:04 pm

    Webb eats 8 challenges in a day. Doesn’t puke. What a cool dude.

  17. Anonymous said

    February 29, 2024 @ 1:13 am

    James Web is a classy married Australian Man . He is married and believe me , Raina is not his or most competitive eaters ” type ” .

  18. Anonymous said

    February 29, 2024 @ 7:29 am

    Webb has “benefits “ with more than one eater. Why do you think he’s here so much. Raina is only the tip.

  19. Anonymous said

    February 29, 2024 @ 9:37 am

    I think James loves his wife and they seem happy. He not doing any of that. But he undoubtedly cheated at pistachios

  20. Disappointed said

    February 29, 2024 @ 10:10 am

    In the Santa Monica Closeup video there is unfortunately indisputable evidence of Webb not following the rules. He should come forward and admit it. I don’t agree with people attacking his fidelity to his wife on this forum..

  21. Anonymous said

    February 29, 2024 @ 11:08 am

    There was a time when there was agreement that people’s families should not be commented on on eatfeats. That is a very good rule.

  22. Anonymous said

    February 29, 2024 @ 11:44 am

    I was the commenter at 5:36pm. I wasn’t serious about him and Raina, mostly just giving him a hard time because of the clear rule-breaking involved in the Pistachio contest. I don’t think he’s being unloyal to his wife at all. But I agree, he should come forth and admit he did not properly un-shell all of the pistachios. He knows the truth of what transpired that day, and he’ll gain more respect if he admits it rather than ignores the fact that everybody recognized his cheating…

  23. Anonymous said

    February 29, 2024 @ 12:42 pm

    Other than the ad phrase ‘Get Crackin’ being used, was it even stated in the rules that nuts had to be cracked?

  24. Anonymous said

    February 29, 2024 @ 4:51 pm

    “There was a time when there was agreement that people’s families should not be commented on on eatfeats. That is a very good rule.”

    My reply: “There was a time when I once had an agreement with Your Mother”

  25. Anonymous said

    March 1, 2024 @ 9:27 am

    Just admit it James. You’ll at least get some respect that way. Mistakes are mistakes. Own it

  26. Anonymous said

    March 1, 2024 @ 12:40 pm

    Well if anything comes from this, and James actually was swallowing lots of shells, we can all know with absolute certainty that his food gets thrown up. There is no way the digestive system could handle more than a whole bag of those undigestible shells, many with sharp edges and more. That is a hospital trip waiting to happen, unless all thrown up. So he did all that, knowing it was coming up anyway. Too many sunflower seed shells isn’t even good for you.

  27. Anonymous said

    March 1, 2024 @ 1:22 pm

    Cheating isn’t by mistake

  28. Anonymous said

    March 1, 2024 @ 3:20 pm

    Congratulations Webb that was so cool. Better hurry before Oj throws a bottom comment stopper at the bottom

  29. Anonymous said

    March 1, 2024 @ 5:19 pm

    He doesn’t care about respect obviously. He has no morals. It’s about money and that’s it

  30. NickW said

    March 1, 2024 @ 5:27 pm

    Even though all the competitors are salty we didn’t win , attacking spouses and integrity is not ok

    That footage is quite telling that many competitors ate shells , among other tactics .. it happens … same as other contests when people dunk for longer than 5 seconds , or kick debris onto the floor

    There are other external factors at play that have been kept quiet and this time Webby has been at the forefront of it – he’s in the spot light because he has been a constant disrupter

    But now it has passed and many of us can reflect, most of these posts were done out of the sheer fact of losing , I’m sure that given all footage released now , Steve would have seconds thoughts about the one he circulated too everyone’s inbox

    Moral to this story – people in glass houses shouldn’t throw stones

  31. Anonymous said

    March 1, 2024 @ 10:04 pm

    Next year just shell the damn things in advance.
    I don’t see how the top eaters will even want to do it again though.

  32. Anonymous said

    March 2, 2024 @ 3:41 pm

    So I was told someone on here commented as me. This is Nick Wehry. That 5:27 comment is not me. Keep me out of this dumpster fire. James cheated and swallowed shells apparently and a fair amount of them. Not sure if others did. I can say with 100% certainty that in 2 years doing that contest I haven’t swallowed 1 shell. I want to win but won’t cheat to take money from others. That’s wrong to me. But hey, to each their own I guess. With that said, if you’re a cheater. Don’t bother talking to me. All the best

  33. Anonymous said

    March 2, 2024 @ 3:43 pm

    Also, Nick Wehry again. I would agree that attacking spouses is not ok. Leave eaters families out of this nonsense.

  34. Anonymous said

    March 3, 2024 @ 11:55 am

    Everyone is Nick Wehry now … lol
    Stop attacking this Aussie lad , if you look at the footage objectively instead of your preconceived ideas – you will see not much vision of shells at all coming out of anyone’s hand , with out proper technology on the table nobody will ever know

    Based on the footage , most eaters had a similar hand action . So if this Nick lad is saying he didn’t eat one shell… well either did the winner … purely based on hand actions and vision available

    Also , how about getting out to an event instead of sitting here behind your screens being experts

    Let’s get it

  35. Anonymous said

    March 3, 2024 @ 6:37 pm

    Says the keyboard warrior…

  36. Anonymous said

    March 3, 2024 @ 8:49 pm

    11:55. What video did you watch? It was very clear. I don’t know why he cheated. Looks like by his pace it would of been a very close 3 way battle for 1st. It makes it even worse that he isn’t owning up to it. Even those who slipped hotdogs into their pockets owed up to it. It’s hard to lose a bad reputation.

  37. Anonymous said

    March 4, 2024 @ 3:51 pm

    I like what Nick said

  38. Anonymous said

    March 4, 2024 @ 4:53 pm

    Did you see how Kate made it look like Webster was the hero of the contest? Wolves follow wolves.

  39. Anonymous said

    March 4, 2024 @ 9:17 pm

    In his Facebook reel that came out today, you can see pretty clearly somewhere around the 40 or 41 second mark that he blatantly picks up a whole pistachio and puts it right in his mouth.

    I agree that spouses / families shouldn’t be targeted or attacked on this site–99% of the time. In the case of Kate, she has taken it upon herself to comment on this site in the past, and thus opened herself up to potential criticism–just like everyone else. She made some ridiculous arguments when Webb first hit the US CE scene, trying to dispel the “rumors” that he did not throw up his food. Instead, he “burns it all off”, or that “he has gained substantial weight since starting his eating endeavors”. (in reality, his weight normalized after a bodybuilding show diet, and it’s clear he has since not put on Randy-Santel kind-of-weight).

    So yea, don’t attack families, but also if you’re not a CE’er yourself, probably don’t post on this website. Once you do, your probably fair game for the vultures to pick at you.

  40. Anonymous said

    March 5, 2024 @ 7:25 am

    Kate personally attacked Esper on social media and claimed he cheated during a pizza eating contest.

  41. Anonymous said

    March 6, 2024 @ 12:08 pm

    If we’re talking about objectively, if he truly ate that many more wouldn’t his shell pile in the bowl be 50% larger and more than twice the size of some of the others? That should’ve been easily noticeable. It doesn’t look that way in anyone’s video. I’m not saying he cheated, but apparently his shells were all just smaller because that pile makes no sense

  42. Anonymous said

    March 7, 2024 @ 12:57 am

    We need a comment stopper

  43. Anonymous said

    March 7, 2024 @ 9:15 am

    @12:57 am

    You will the first person who has their comments stopped. Very few people as a % of the world’s population actually visit this website. Rest assured any “troubling” comments are being read by the masses.

  44. Anonymous said

    March 10, 2024 @ 4:58 pm

    My best guess is that swallowing the shell was not against the contest rules, but the sponsor & MLE do not want to encourage the public or comp. eaters to attempt swallowing shells. (dangerous + they have to be vomited out)
    Heavy D’s latest podcast revealed the pile of whole nuts was weighed afterward, so it looks like although a brutal way of doing it, James was within the rules here.
    What gets me here is that James was the only one willing to do it. Possibly dangerous, but within the rules and it got the win.

  45. Anonymous said

    March 10, 2024 @ 7:12 pm

    4:58. It was 100% against the rules to swallow shells.

  46. Anonymous said

    March 10, 2024 @ 9:30 pm

    Scratch my previous comment – just saw this:
    “Competitors will have eight minutes to crack open and eat as many Wonderful Pistachios as possible.”
    Don’t mean to beat a dead horse, but the results were too screwy to accept unquestioned.

  47. Anonymous said

    March 11, 2024 @ 6:00 am

    I am proud of James Web . The wonder from down under !!!

  48. Sir Nicholas of Wehry said

    March 11, 2024 @ 7:17 pm

    Might I just say that the obscene lack of accountability on thine site has led to countless erroneous attributions of quotations, as well as a pedestrian dialogue unbecoming of gentlemen.


    Sir Nicholas of Wehry

  49. Anonymous said

    March 12, 2024 @ 12:42 am

    The unit down under has no thunder for webb

  50. Anonymous said

    March 12, 2024 @ 9:42 am

    @717 hahaha

  51. Anonymous said

    March 12, 2024 @ 3:18 pm

    What Does King Joseph of Chest(nut)ershire think of all this?

    Or good Lord Randal Santel from the Missouri Kingdom? Doth he hold any opinion?

    Myself, I am only a lowly peasant, and thus fear sharing my unimportant thoughts on this matter.

  52. Anonymous said

    March 12, 2024 @ 7:42 pm

    You got them all Webby

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