2024 Nathan’s Famous Hot Dog Eating Contest category

2024 ESPN Nathan’s schedule

The ESPN schedule for July 4 is now out. The men’s Nathan’s Famous hot dog eating contest will be televised on ESPN2 at noon eastern and then rerun several times throughout the day. It appears the women’s competition will be relegated to streaming yet again. The 2019 documentary, “The Good, The Bad, The Hungry” will also be televised on July 4 at 10pm on ESPN2.

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Joey Chestnut to miss Nathan’s Famous hot dog contest

Joey Chestnut announced that he will not be competing in this year’s Nathan’s Famous hot dog eating contest and his relationship with Major League Eating appears to be over. Via twitter:

I was gutted to learn from the media that after 19 years Im banned from the Nathan’s July 4th Hot Dog Eating Contest. I love competing in that event, I love celebrating America with my fans all over this great country on the 4th and I have been training to defend my title. To set the record straight, I do not have a contract with MLE or Nathans and they are looking to change the rules from past years as it relates to other partners I can work with.This is apparently the basis on which I’m being banned, and it doesn’t impact the July 4th event. Sadly, this is the decision Nathan’s and Major League Eating are making, and it will deprive the great fans of the holiday’s usual joy and entertainment. To my fans, I love you and appreciate you. Rest assured that you’ll see me eat again soon!! STAY HUNGRY!

According to the New York Post, Joey Chestnut’s endorsement deal with Impossible Foods for plant-based frankfurters for $1.2 million over four years was the cause of the breakdown of the relationship. (MLE statement).

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Lake Compounce Nathan’s qualifier

6 hours after the competition, the MLE twitter has yet to post a winner, but the MLE instagram has some results on its stories
49.5 Geoff Esper
31 George Chiger
28 Kylan Lee (Australia)
20 Josh Krady
17.5 Mark Frost

6.75 Julie Goldberg
4.75 Addison Skaggs


update Geoff Esper (49.5) and Julie Goldberg (6.75) were today’s winners via the Lake Compounce instagram stories

Geoff Esper, George Chiger, Josh Krady and Julie Goldberg are expected to compete in this afternoon’s Nathan’s qualifier at Lake Compounce in Bristol, CT.

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Parma Rib N Rock Nathan’s qualifier

Official results from today’s Nathan’s qualifier at Parma Rib ‘N Rock in Parma, OH. update News 5 Cleveland has an article

1st 48.25 Pat “Deep Dish” Bertoletti
2nd 48 Nick Wehry
3rd 30 William Lyon
4th 13.75 Peter Ritter
5th 13 John Gebhard
6th 12 Seth Bower
7th 11.5 Dominic Mandato
8th 10 Joey Kinsley
9th 9.75 Eddie Rodriguez
1st 11 Katie Prettyman
2nd 5.5 Stacey Queen

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SportsBookReview reports that Joey Chestnut is currently a -2000 favorite to win the 2024 men's Nathan's Famous finals (a $2000 bet wins $100). The field (rest of the world) is a +$700 underdog (bet $100 to win $700). Joey's over/under is 68.5 hot dogs.
Nick Wehry announced that he will be competing in the Nathan's qualifier at the Parma, OH Rib N Rock Festival on June 6 along with Pat Bertoletti, Katie Prettyman and influencer "Sir Yacht".

Times Square Nathan’s qualifier

Official results:

1st 35 Gideon Oji
2nd 32.5 George Chiger
3rd 26.5 Yunho Choi from South Korea
4th 15 Anthony Kamenski
5th 12.5 Crazy Legs Conti
6th 11 Jeffrey Bonacorda
7th 7.75 Jason Ruppert
8th 5.5 Steven Peterson
1st 16 Larell Marie “The Real Deal” Mele qualifies for 14th finals (all womens contests)
2nd 9 Olivia Murphy overall competitive eating debut
3rd 6 Julie Goldberg
4th 4 Prudence DiBenedetto

The Field: Steven Peterson, Olivia Murphy, Jeffrey Bonacorda, Anthony Kaminsky, Jay Ruppert, Julie Goldberg, A Korean (didn’t get the name), Prudence DiBenedetto, Larell Marie Mele, George Chiger, Crazy Legs Conti, Gideon Oji

KumaMonster has started a live stream of today’s Nathan’s qualifier at Times Square in Manhattan. The introductions are expected to start at noon Eastern.

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Gideon Oji, George Chiger, Crazy Legs Conti and Larell Marie Mele are expected to compete in Friday's Nathan's qualifier in Times Square. The competition is part of a "Hot Dogs in the City" exhibition that features a 65 foot long hot dog that can rise up and shoot confetti.
The site for the June 8 Nathan's Famous qualifier in Bristol, CT has been announced as the Lake Compounce amusement park.

West Michigan Whitecaps Nathan’s qualifier

Full results of the Nathan’s qualifier at tonight’s West Michigan Whitecaps game. Darrien Thomas Instagram video update WCSG has an article

1st 22 Darrien “Cheesecurd” Thomas
2nd 20 Tanner Gray
3rd 14.5 Nathan Klein
4th 7.75 Paul Van Dussen
1st 8.5 Cherish “Five Pounds” Brown
2nd 7 Rubianne Garcia

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Ricardo Corbucci has uploaded a video of a recent training session for Nathan's Famous hot dog eating contest he did with Nick Wehry.

2024 Nathan’s qualifier circuit announced

Six Nathan’s qualifiers were posted today. Registration opens April 12.

  • May 11 Comstock, MI West Michigan Whitecaps game
  • May 17 Times Square, NYC
  • June 6 Cleveland, OH Parma Rib N Rock
  • June 8 Bristol, CT
  • June 15 Pleasanton, CA Alameda County Fair
  • June 22 Washington, DC Giant National Capital BBQ Battle

The last Central or Mountain time zone qualifier was at the Iowa State Fair in August 2019.

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Nat vs Food had the highest point total after 8 contests over this weekend in Thailand to win a spot in the Nathan's finals.
The first Nathan's qualifier of 2024 is being held in Thailand this weekend. Thailand Food Kingdom is holding 8 eating contests from March 22 to 24. The competitor with the most points at the end of the event will receive a spot in the finals. Nat vs Food is currently the leader. Zense Entertainment is livestreaming the contests.
The Giant National Capital BBQ Battle announces it will hold a Nathan's Famous hot dog qualifier in Washington, DC on June 22 or 23.
L'Ultimo Uomo has an article in Italian about competitive eating focusing on Nathan's Famous hot dog eating contest.
Coney Island USA is holding a charity auction for 4 Friends and Family passes to the 2024 Nathan's finals. Bidding closes in 8 days.
Teesside Live has an article about John "Food and the Beast" Dawes finishing third in last month's Nathan's qualifier at Seal Bay Resort in Selsey, West Sussex, England.
Vice.com has a report on last Saturday's Nathan's qualifier held at Seal Bay Resort in Selsey, England.

2023 Selsey, England Nathan’s qualifier

update Official results
1 Max Stanford 34
2 Radim Dvoracek 21.5
3T Ronnie Hartman 14.5
3T John Dawes 14.5

1 Rhea Jarvis 4

If accurate, Max Stanford’s total of 34 would break the UK record of 32 set by Beard Meats Food in 2019, but there might have been a miscount.

update Ronnie Hartman announced he was third with 14.5 hot dogs, Max Stanford was the male winner, and Radim Dvoracek was the runner up.

MLE is billing today’s contest in Selsey, England at Seal Bay Resort as the first British Nathan’s qualifier, but there was an qualifier in Birmingham, England in 2005 using pork pies instead of hot dogs.

The competition won by Rob Burns was the subject of a documentary, “The Big Eat”, which can be viewed on youtube.

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Radim Dvoracek from the Czech Republic, Max Stanford, John "Food and the Beast" Dawes along with Ronnie Hartman are expected to compete in the Nathan's qualifier at Seal Bay Resort in Selsey, England on August 26.
Ronnie Hartman announces that he will be competing in the Nathan's qualifier to be held in Selsey, England on August 26.
MLE announced that the first qualifier of the 2023-24 circuit will take place in August in a seaside English town where Nathan's is available. Nathan's Famous UK has two restaurants in Southampton and Bournemouth. Beard Meats Food and Leah Shutkever (if she competes) will probably be the favorites. Kate Ovens will also have the opportunity for a qualifier near her Hampshire hometown.