Joey Chestnut’s Net Worth as of 2018: $800 Thousand
Joey Chestnut is an American competitive eating champion. Chestnut was born on November 25, 1983, in Vallejo, California. He got his start in the world of competitive eating in 2005 while he was still a student at San Jose State. Since then, he has made a name for himself eating at competitions across the country.
The first significant event Chestnut competed in was an asparagus eating competition. During this competition, Joey came in in first place after eating nearly six and a half pounds of deep-fried asparagus in just 11.5 minutes.
From there, he entered the world famous Nathan’s Hot Dog Eating Contest, where he placed third having swallowed 32 hot dogs. Chestnut’s eating stardom continued to rise, defeating Sonya Thomas in the Waffle House World Waffle Eating championship in 2005.
Chestnut trains by fasting and by stretching his stomach with milk, water, and protein supplements. Since the start of his competitive eating career, his competition weight has varied from 225–240 pounds. After winning his sixth consecutive hot dog eating contest in 2012 by eating 68 hot dogs, he stated, “I will not stop until I reach 70. This ‘sport’ isn’t about eating. It’s about drive and dedication, and at the end of the day hot dog eating challenges both my body and my mind.”
On July 4, 2007, Chestnut won the 92nd Annual Nathan’s Hot Dog Eating Contest, beating six-time defending champion Takeru “Tsunami” Kobayashi by consuming 66 hot dogs and buns (HDB) in 12 minutes, which set a new world record. The following year, he successfully defended his title by winning a 5 hot dog eat-off after tying Kobayashi in consuming 59 HDB in 10 minutes. On July 4, 2009, Chestnut beat Kobayashi again, by consuming a new world record of 68 HDB and winning his third consecutive title.
Then, on July 4, 2010, Chestnut took home his 4th consecutive Mustard Belt eating 54 HDB. The 2010 contest was a runaway victory, as Kobayashi did not compete due to a contract dispute with Major League Eating. On July 4, 2011, he won his fifth-consecutive championship with 62 HDB. 2012 marked his sixth consecutive win when Chestnut tied his own world record from 2009 by devouring 68 HDB. In 2013, Chestnut captured his seventh straight title, eating a total of 69 HDB, breaking his previous world record. In 2014, Chestnut won his eighth straight title eating a total of 61 HDB.
Chestnut graduated from San Jose State in 2012.
In his most recent outing at the Nathan’s Hot Dog Eating Contest, Chestnut earned his eighth straight victory, eating 61 entire hot dogs and buns. Joey’s all-time record in one competition is 69 hot dogs.
Chestnut lost the 2015 Hot Dog eating contest to Matt Stonie. Chestnut successfully ate 60 hot dogs, but Stonie improved since 2014 and consumed 62 hot dogs, ending Chestnut’s eight-year run as champion.
On July 4, 2016, Chestnut regained the championship belt from Stonie by eating 70 hot dogs; 3.5 hot dogs short of his record-setting qualifying round. A year later on July 4, 2017, he raised the bar again by raising his record to 72 hot dogs. This was his 10th title and once again set a new Coney Island record. Carmen Cincotti was the closest competitor with 60.
Chestnut has a product line of condiments that are heavily promoted during his competition runs, giving 100% of profits from online sales going to support military caregivers.