Published: Sat, July 07, 2018
Medicine | By Tracy Klein

Meet the New Orleans man competing in Nathan's hot dog-eating contest

Meet the New Orleans man competing in Nathan's hot dog-eating contest

New Orleans competitive eater Adrian "The Rabbit" Morgan knew he'd have his work cut out for him if he was to win the annual Nathan's Famous Fourth of July International Hot Dog-Eating Contest in Coney Island, New York.

Joey chowed down on a staggering 74 hot dogs in just 10 minutes, creating a new world record.

The original hot dog and bun count for Joey Chestnut was 64, but it eventually was increased to a record 74 when it was discovered that two cleared plates were missed.

In second place was Carmen Cincotti, 26, who ate 10 less hot dogs than Joey.

Since the first recorded contest in 1972, a total of 1,509 Nathan's Famous beef hot dogs have been eaten by participants.

The Nathan's Hot Dog Eating Contest's organizing body is considering a switch to automated scoring technology after judging mistakes briefly impacted the results of this year's event, according to a report Thursday.

Later this afternoon, challengers with insatiable appetites - and something to prove - will convene at Nathan's Famous in Coney Island where they will attempt to eat as many hot dogs as they can over the course of 10 minutes. But Chestnut has said he has capacity for even more. She beat out 19 other women, including record-holder Sonya Thomas.

Chestnut started off the competition on a high note as he managed to snuff out his 18th hot dog and bun in the opening quarter. There was a judging dispute in between-creating chaos for few minutes-but eventually, he was announced as the victor after eating more hot dogs than the running tally had indicated. The winners in 2017 were Joey Chestnut and Miki Sudo. Or, if you're Tucson's Michelle Lesco, 28 of them. While her grand total was four fewer than her tally past year, it was nine more than the closest challenger, Michelle Lesco.

Hot dogs aren't the only food the professional eater is known for eating in massive quantities. He none the less did something practically inconceivable while in competition: downing a record 74 wieners and buns in 10 minutes' time.

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