In an interview for TMZ, Takeru Kobyashi claims that Joey Chestnut is a cheater and alleges that he threw crusts into the box in their P'Zone Chow-lenge matchup in 2009. He also belives that the hot dogs Joey Chestnut eats during contests are smaller than normal.


  1. Anonymous said

    July 14, 2019 @ 9:28 am

    I would really question the claim that Joey’s hotdogs are smaller during contests. This seems to me a comment that Kobayashi cannot believe that Joey could eat as many hotdogs as he has been doing. I do remember the pizza challenge problem. Wonder what Kobayashi’s dream job is for the future.

  2. Greg Webb said

    July 14, 2019 @ 9:42 am

    Just sign the bloody contract and beat him, Mr. Kobyashi. 😕

  3. anonymous said

    July 14, 2019 @ 12:50 pm

    finally the chickens have come home to roost

  4. anonymous said

    July 14, 2019 @ 12:51 pm

    still feel bad for Kobe Joey? Next time dont say nice things, it might come back to haunt you

  5. anonymous said

    July 14, 2019 @ 6:38 pm

    Kobayashi is starting to sound like Seiken Maybe he should start his own bits and pieces

  6. anonymous said

    July 14, 2019 @ 6:53 pm

    Why is he bringing up a pizza contest that took place 10yrs ago ? I doubt the hot dogs are smaller All the same size They would actually have to go to the plant where they cut up the pigs in the grinder and resize them just for Joey . I will say that Joey gets the perfectly grilled dogs while the majority of the field gets the soggy boiled salt laden dogs

  7. open your ears said

    July 14, 2019 @ 8:56 pm

    If u would have paid more attention to what he said, the new packages of Nathan’s dogs are smaller than the old ones. They are 12 oz. now instead of 16 oz. but contain the same # of franks because they are smaller hot dogs.

  8. anonymous said

    July 14, 2019 @ 11:08 pm

    I did not know that they were smaller in size. So that means the same size hot dogs they package in grocer can be served at the contest? I can just picture them preparing a special order of smaller dogs on a grill in the back of Nathans in Coney Island

  9. Anonymous said

    July 15, 2019 @ 8:23 am

    The hot dogs used in the contest are natural casing, 2 ounce hot dogs. The ones you are referring to in the grocery stores are skinless, and 8 count bun length packages are 12 ounces and the 8 count regular length packages are 14 ounces.
    The competition dogs, if you can find them, are packaged as a 5 count, 10 ounce package.
    Quit trying to stir up shit with misinformation!

  10. Not Seiken said

    July 15, 2019 @ 11:09 am

    The hotdogs I use are hollowed out. That’s how I can choke down 11.

  11. anonymous said

    July 15, 2019 @ 8:38 pm

    shutup 823 you got no fuckin life if your time spent is measuring the hot dogs Who gives a shit? Bottom liine its is impossible to make the dogs shorter One size fits all

  12. anonymous said

    July 15, 2019 @ 8:39 pm

    823 will probably get diagnosed with colon or stomach cancer before any of us will

  13. anonymous said

    July 15, 2019 @ 8:40 pm

    I just tuned into ESPN sports center They are all over the cheating story. Kobe got some serious pull he got the job done if that was his intention

  14. anonymous said

    July 15, 2019 @ 8:41 pm

    Instead of Joey Jaws the new banners in Coney will read Cheater Chestnut

  15. anonymous said

    July 15, 2019 @ 9:55 pm

    Joey must feel like a real dick saying all those nice things about Kobe on the espn documentary like he feels bad that he didnt take the time out to feel sensitivity and compassion while kobe turns around and calls him a cheater. Same as someone saying i feel your pain bro and the guy turns around says go fuck yourself LOL LOKL LOL LOL

  16. anonymous said

    July 15, 2019 @ 10:04 pm

    Rumor has it that Kobe is also a cheap fuck that never treats his friends when they go out to eat he expects them to foot the bill because he is a legend .

  17. Anonymous said

    July 16, 2019 @ 6:14 am

    10:04 pm you’re lame and probably hating on him because you’re never the mix. Kobi is a generous dude speaking from personal experience.

  18. Anonymous said

    July 16, 2019 @ 6:16 am

    The real news everyone wants to hear is what happened to Don Moses Lerman quest to be the worlds heaviest man? That post of his was very funny and admirable in a gross way if there is such a thing.

  19. anonymous said

    July 16, 2019 @ 8:31 am

    The last words i heard from Don Moses Lerman was May 2007
    Seiken Don would you challenge Joe Menchetti to a piizza or hot dog contest
    Lerman : absolutely
    Menchetti ” Monetarily?
    Lerman yeah ill get some backers to help me Im on a diet right now One meal a day a tv dinner Trying to get down to 200 by the 4th of July right now im down to 223
    Please if anyone has any updates on Dons weight gain or loss since May 2007 and if he will honor his promise if challenging Menchetti to a pizza or hot dog contest let us know or contact TMZ the world s waiting

  20. Anonymous said

    July 16, 2019 @ 9:23 am

    Kobayashi is definitely a generous person also speaking from personal experience. I do wonder why he chose, at this moment, to bring up the issue of cheating. I do not see how this helps anyone, neither Kobayashi and certainly not Joey. It does keep them in the press but not for a good reason.

  21. Mike said

    July 16, 2019 @ 1:17 pm

    Does anyone know who Sam Bedding is?

  22. Odd said

    July 16, 2019 @ 2:35 pm

    Sam always asks eaters for water training videos, and shirtless stomach expansion pictures. I believe he/she got ahold of some photos from a former eater, which were circulated online. Now this person is no longer in the CE community.

  23. Piewood Pizza 🍕 Barrie Ontario said

    July 16, 2019 @ 4:45 pm

    The world of hate . Fake news

  24. anonymous said

    July 16, 2019 @ 8:19 pm

    after kobe was arrested not one MLE eater bothered with him anymore. Shows the sense of loyalty they have and that includes Conti his closest friend Absolute disgrace i tell you

  25. anonymous said

    July 16, 2019 @ 8:21 pm

    i heard of sam barklay the biggest fake ass kisser MLE ever hired

  26. Anonymous said

    July 16, 2019 @ 8:49 pm

    You know nothing about the things people in MLE did for Kobayashi after his arrest. But then you wouldn’t know because people stopped telling you anything.

  27. Narcos Mexico 🇲🇽 said

    July 17, 2019 @ 1:41 am

    Out of all the circles / communities I’m in , the Competitive Eaters are the most unfriendliest of them all . I guess everyone wants to be the best so there’s no true friends in CE.

  28. verified said

    July 17, 2019 @ 7:11 am

    It is verified that not one major league eater even bothered to help kobe while he spent two days in prison

  29. verified said

    July 17, 2019 @ 7:14 am

    849 is just trying to stir pot . Name some names who helped Kobe. Hmm ? Hmm? Without names yourr hearsay means nothing

  30. Anonymous said

    July 17, 2019 @ 8:32 am

    Koby was held overnight.

  31. Anonymous said

    July 17, 2019 @ 9:18 am

    And just what is your name Mr. verified?

  32. anonymous said

    July 17, 2019 @ 11:02 am

    i cant understand why Kobe would not sign the contract . If he competes on the circuit he will more than likely win every contest and get first prize money not to mention other side endorsements competing against chestnut one on one with various sponsors .Now he subjected to door to door canvas with maggie trying to convince restaurants to sponsor him while they offer peanuts Not a good business move at all

  33. Narcos Mexico 🇲🇽 said

    July 17, 2019 @ 11:52 am

    Why didn’t Kobe want to Sighn with MLE? What is the major issue here?

  34. Anonymous said

    July 17, 2019 @ 2:17 pm

    Koby wanted to do all MLE contests as well as any independent contests he chose. If you think about it, to be promoting Nathans and then promote another hotdog brand is a conflict. What he wanted to do he called freedom. That is true, freedom to do as he pleases, but everyone else who signs the contract does not have that freedom. He made his choice as does everyone. I think his manager misleads him. She is still his translator.

  35. Narcos Mexico 🇲🇽 said

    July 17, 2019 @ 4:15 pm

    His manager, you mean his wife? I see some MLE eaters doing Challenges at Restaurants on there social media accounts. Is that allowed under MLE?

  36. Anonymous said

    July 18, 2019 @ 8:40 am

    Maggie James is his wife, manager and translator.

  37. Piewood Pizza 🍕 Barrie Ontario said

    July 18, 2019 @ 11:55 am

    Maggie was smart. Getting with Kobe made her set for life!

  38. Anonymous said

    July 18, 2019 @ 12:39 pm

    I don’t know about set for life but think rather the marriage had to do with his Visa to stay in the US. They were partners for a long time before that, though.

  39. Piewood Pizza 🍕 Barrie Ontario said

    July 18, 2019 @ 2:27 pm

    So how much is Kobe worth. Compared to Chestnut. Who has more money

  40. Anonymous said

    July 18, 2019 @ 2:53 pm

    Only they know. Like so much information here, rumors, speculation, and the statements that these “facts” are verified, is simply false.

  41. anonymous said

    July 18, 2019 @ 3:18 pm

    the only eaters who are set for life are Booker and Stonie and its hardly from CE more like youtube

  42. Hating on haters said

    July 18, 2019 @ 3:22 pm

    Do the majority of people on this post actually know anything about CE?

  43. Piewood Pizza 🍕 Barrie Ontario said

    July 18, 2019 @ 3:56 pm

    So Booker and Stonie create there own eating challenges and post them. Seems like easy money. What I’m wandering are mle eaters allowed to do eating challenges at other restaurants?

  44. anonymous said

    July 18, 2019 @ 6:56 pm

    Piewood i dont believe Stonie or Booker unlike Chestnut is on the yearly MLE payroll. I think Chestnut is earning a yearly income with MLE along with the prize money he wins in contests. Not a bad deal huh? Booker has a full time job so his YT earning which prob comes close to 100k per year is a nice side gig . Stone is doing that well with YT that he only has to produce a video a month while he still racks in hundreds of thousands of dollars from his old eating videos. Keep in mind the YT wealth did not occur overnight It takes a few yrs . With the YT boom MLE cannot enforce their absurd demands with the contract like they did in the past with eaters like Booker and Stonie . As is stands right now it appears that the Sheas wanna jump on the YT bandwagon instead of trying to beat it

  45. anonymous said

    July 18, 2019 @ 7:46 pm

    BB bits and pieces was a joke . I will give you the real scoop on his defunct website . Ed Jarvis fed Seiken the verified gossip because he spoke to George Shea 3x a day if George decided to take his calls . Jarvis would call everyone to kill time between his real estate appointments with his clients Jarvis originally fed the info to Menchetti and but after Menchetti quit MLE he fed the info to serken

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