This is What Joey Chestnut Does When He’s Not Eating Hot Dogs
The famous American competitive eater is known for his July 4th victories over 70-plus Nathan’s hot dogs. While he prepares months in advance for the fan-favorite competition, Joey Chestnut has a life outside of hot dog eating … in the condiment business.
He just debuted his new condiment line
Chestnut may be known for devouring hot dogs in a timely manner, but he still values taste when he isn’t competitively eating. Condiments have little place in the Nathon’s Famous International Hot Dog Eating Contest, but Chestnut believes they’re crucial to enjoying your everyday hot dog.
The new line includes the “Classic Boardwalk Coney Sauce” ketchup. It also features two mustards; “Deli Style Picnic” and “Spicy Brown Firecracker.” We appreciate the reference to Chestnut’s Coney Island successes. And they won’t break the bank … each 12.25-ounce bottle costs a mere $5.
You can buy Chestnut’s condiments at shop.joeychestnut.com. Today through July, 6 100% of the proceeds will be donated to Hidden Heroes, an Elizabeth Dole Foundation initiative that recognizes military caregivers.
He runs marathon distances
Chestnut works out consistently to balance out his competitive eating. He runs to burn off the calories … as well as to train for eating. Running helps Chestnut learn to control his breathing, a crucial factor in competitive eating. Breathing control builds stamina, helps prevent choking, and wards off the potential Chestnut will upchuck hot dogs (called a “reversal of fortune” in competitive eating).
In particular prep for the Nathan’s hot dog contest, Chestnut works a 12-minute fast paced run into his daily training.
He competed in ‘The Amazing Race’
In 2017 Chestnut took his love of competition to the next level and signed up for CBS’s The Amazing Race. He competed alongside another competitive eater — Tim “Eater X” Janus — but neither took home the gold. “Team Chomp” ended in 8th place before they were eliminated. The competition combined two of Chestnut’s favorite things: traveling and competition.
He’s a civil engineer
Chestnut studied engineering at San Jose University. In 2009, four years after graduating, he scaled back on competing to focus on civil engineering and his full-time job in construction management. Chestnut’s construction jobs are more hobby-based than anything — competitive eating pays well enough he doesn’t need a second profession — but it seems like engineering is another passion of Chestnut’s.
If he participated in each Major League Eating event/appearance, Chestnut could make over $200,000 a year. He made close to $150,000 in 2009 just for committing to the MLE part-time plus whatever income he garnered from construction work. Chestnut can make $10,000 in 10 minutes or less just by winning the Nathan’s contest.
He’s single, ladies
Chestnut’s 2014 victory at Coney Island was two-fold; he won the hot dog eating contest and then won the girl. The champion proposed to his girlfriend of three years after winning his eighth title, but as he prepared to claim his ninth in 2015, he revealed they’d already broken up.
Chestnut told The Post that the split “gave [him] more reason to focus on this competition,” and plans to consume his emotions rather than act on them. Chestnut and ex-fiance Neslie Ricasa split nine months after getting engaged and only a few weeks before their May 9 wedding. “I definitely would say it was traveling. I was gone quite a bit,” he said. “It was mutual. It just didn’t work.”
Watch Joey Chestnut attempt his 11th title at the Nathan’s Famous International Hot Dog Eating Contest on Wednesday, July 4, 2018, on ESPN.
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