Nathan’s Hot Dog Contest category has a flashback to former NFL defensive lineman Willian "The Refrigerator Perry" competing in the 2003 Nathan's finals.
Pro football writer Peter King's criticism of Nathan's Famous hot dog eating contest and competitive eating in general is almost as much of an annual tradition as the competition itself. has an article about his comments this year and the reaction to them.

Joey Chestnut defends Nathan’s title with record 75

update Official results

1st 75 Joey “Jaws” Chestnut contest record
2nd 42 Darron Breeden
3rd 39.5 Nick Wehry combined with Miki Sudo’s 48.5 to set couples record of 88
4th 24 George Chiger
5th 20 Eric “Badlands” Booker

Joey Chestnut has defended his Nathan’s Famous hot dog title with a record 75 hot dogs.

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Miki Sudo defends Nathan’s title with record 48.5

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1st 48.5 Miki Sudo personal best, women’s record
2nd 18 Larell Marie “The Real Deal” Mele
3rd 15 Katie Prettyman
4th 8.5 Julie Goldberg
5th 7 Rene Rovtar

Miki Sudo has defended her women’s Nathan’s title with a record of 48.5 hot dogs.

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The fields for the 2020 Nathan's Famous hot dog eating contest have finally been announced. The big shock is that Geoff Esper is not competing with the men's field consisting of Joey Chestnut, Darron Breeden, Nick Wehry, George Chiger and Badlands Booker. This is the second consecutive surprise omission for Esper after he was left out of the Quarantine Challenge field. The women's field is as expected: Miki Sudo, Larell Marie Mele, Katie Prettyman, Julie Goldberg and Rene Rovtar.
Spectrum Local News has an article about Melody Andorfer, winner of the 1972 Nathan's Famous Labor Day contest with a total of 12 hot dogs in 5 minutes. Major League Eating says they will acknowledge her at the 2021 finals.
Thrillist has an article about the 2020 Nathan's Famous hot dog eating contest.

Quarantine expansion puts Nathan’s field in doubt

New York governor Andrew Cuomo announced that he is expanding the list of states whose residents must self-quarantine for 14 days after arriving in his state, which will apparently prevent Matt Stonie (CA), Gideon Oji (GA) and Michelle Lesco (AZ) from competing in the 2020 Nathan’s Finals if they cannot get an exemption. Earlier today, Rich Shea appeared to confirm that Michelle Lesco will not be able to compete. Joey Chestnut is already in New York, so he is not affected by the directive.

update MLE has announced Nick Wehry will replace Matt Stonie.

update July 1 George Chiger will replace Gideon Oji.

update July 1 #2 A press release lists Miki Sudo, Katie Prettyman and Larell Marie Mele as female competitors. Katie Prettyman does not think that Sarah Reinecke and Sophia DeVita will compete due to schedule conflicts.

update July 2 reports Rene Rovtar will be the 4th female competitor.

update July 2 #2 Julie Goldberg will apparently complete the women’s field.

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News 12 has a video about Miki Sudo preparing for the Nathan's finals with assistance from Nick Wehry. In her latest training session, she ate 50 hot dogs in less than 10 minutes.
Joey Chestnut has announced his opponents for the men's division of the 2020 Nathan's finals: Geoff Esper, Matt Stonie, Darron Breeden, Gideon Oji and Badlands Booker. This will be the 21st Nathan's finals for Booker, the 16th straight for Chestnut.
Michelle Lesco announced that her competing in the 2020 Nathan's finals is in doubt due to New York's requirement that Arizona residents self-quarantine for 14 days after their arrival in the Empire State.

Nathan’s personal bests

The following is a list of all the Nathan’s Famous personal bests for competitors with a known result in the database.

2018 Jul 4 74 Joey “Jaws” Chestnut Brooklyn, NY
2009 Jul 4 64.5 Takeru Kobayashi Brooklyn, NY
2018 Jul 4 64 Carmen Cincotti Brooklyn, NY
2015 Jul 4 62 Matt “Megatoad” Stonie Brooklyn, NY
2009 Jul 4 55 Pat “Deep Dish” Bertoletti Brooklyn, NY
2009 Jul 4 53 Tim “Eater X” Janus Brooklyn, NY
2017 Jun 18 51 Geoffrey Esper Boston, MA
2019 Jul 4 50 Darron Breeden Brooklyn, NY
2012 Jul 4 45 Sonya “The Black Widow” Thomas Brooklyn, NY
2012 Jul 4 45 Bob “The Notorious B.O.B.” Shoudt Brooklyn, NY

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American Fast Food Stories has posted a behind the scenes video from the 2019 Nathan's finals.

Highest Nathan’s Famous averages

This is the same list of Nathan’s Famous hot dog results posted yesterday sorted by contest average.

# Total Avg. Max.
18 Joey “Jaws” Chestnut 1068.00 59.33 74
9 Takeru Kobayashi 487.75 54.19 64.5
7 Carmen Cincotti 324.00 46.29 64
15 Matt “Megatoad” Stonie 683.00 45.53 62
7 Darron Breeden 291.00 41.57 50
22 Tim “Eater X” Janus 900.75 40.94 53
11 Geoffrey Esper 437.75 39.80 51
4 Max Suzuki 156.50 39.12 42.5
16 Pat “Deep Dish” Bertoletti 617.75 38.61 55
8 Miki Sudo 299.50 37.44 41

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Cumulative Nathan’s hot dog totals

The following is a list of the cumulative totals from both qualifiers and finals (excluding exhibitions) for all Nathan’s Famous hot dog competitors along with the maximum and average totals. The left column is the number of contests for the competitor with a known result. These statistics will not be 100% accurate as full contests results are not always posted.

# Total Avg. Max.
18 Joey “Jaws” Chestnut 1068.00 59.33 74
39 Eric “Badlands” Booker 1037.75 26.61 40
22 Tim “Eater X” Janus 900.75 40.94 53
43 Crazy Legs Conti 862.33 20.05 25.25
25 Sonya “The Black Widow” Thomas 847.00 33.88 45
30 Erik “The Red” Denmark 832.25 27.74 38
28 Rich “The Locust” LeFevre 777.75 27.78 34
27 “The Lovely” Juliet Lee 756.25 28.01 36
23 Bob “The Notorious B.O.B.” Shoudt 731.50 31.80 45
50 William “Wild Bill” Myers 697.25 13.94 17

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Joey Chestnut guarantees he will break the Nathan's hot dog eating contest record on July 4 in an interview with He is hoping for a total of 77 hot dogs and believes the indoor setting will bolster his performance. In his previous indoor Nathan's contest, the 2007 Arizona Mills qualifier, he broke the existing record with a total of 59.5 hot dogs.
At the 17:30 mark of an interview with Zach Krantz, George Shea says that the July 4 Nathan's contest will be the final MLE event of 2020. There are currently 4 events after July 4 on the MLE calendar: 2 Buffalo Wingfest contests, Smoke's Poutinerie in Toronto and Lewisville, TX tamales. He also says that the July 4 contests will be 10 minutes long and that 5 or 6 entrants will compete in the men's division of Nathan's.
The Hampton Beach (NH) Seafood Festival announced it would not be held in 2020. The September festival held a lobster roll eating contest awarding $1000.

2020 Nathan’s finals to be held without fans

updateMiki Sudo recorded a video about the contest. She says (around 3:00) that the field will not be selected solely on MLE ranking but that geographic location and media availability will also be considered.

A press release (screen capture) announces that the July 4, 2020 Nathan’s Famous hot dog eating contest will be held without fans at an undisclosed Coney Island location. Five men and five women will compete; defending champions Joey Chestnut and Miki Sudo are the only listed competitors. ESPN will televise the contest at noon Eastern with Mike Golic, Jr. replacing Adam Amin as commentator. The women’s division will be broadcast on ESPN or ESPN2 for the first time with a starting time of 12:20 pm. The Wall Street Journal has a paywalled article.

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The episode of ESPN's Cheap Seats in which the Sklar brothers commentate on the telecast of the 2004 Nathan's Famous finals can be viewed on youtube. has an article containing an audio interview with Melody Andorfer, winner of the 1972 Labor Day Nathan's Famous hot dog eating contest. She is officially requesting a champions belt from Major League Eating.
The Iowa State Fair announced the cancellation of its 2020 edition today. A Nathan's Famous hot dog eating qualifier had been held at the August event from 2017 to 2019.
The July 4 schedule for the ESPN family of networks is now available, and the 2020 Nathan's finals are not currently listed. ESPN's schedule for noon Eastern has "Great American Events", which could be a placeholder for the competition.
The New York Daily News reports that Guardian Angels founder suffered injuries after defending a Manhattan Foot Locker from looters Tuesday. He competed in several Nathan's finals in the 1990s, finishing 3rd in 1994.
Joey Chestnut posted a picture of a practice session for 2020 Nathan's hot dog eating contest to his instagram.
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