Nathan’s Hot Dog challenge returns – Kobayashi on the hunt

The Brooklyn Paper
Share on TwitterTweet
Share on Facebook

Don’t miss our updates:

Takeru Kobayashi of Japan will seek to regain his title as world eating champion, July 4, as he competes against American champion Joey Chestnut at the 93rd annual Nathan’s Famous Fourth of July International Hot Dog Eating Contest on the corner of Surf and Stillwell avenues in Coney Island.

In 2007, the world watched in awe as Joey Chestnut won this classic Independence Day battle, beating six-time champion Kobayashi by eating 66 hot dogs and buns in 12 minutes and bringing the Mustard Yellow Belt back to American soil for the first time this century. An estimated 40,000 fans attended the 2007 event, while millions watched live on television.

There is no cost to attend this event, but attendees are encouraged to arrive early to find a comfortable spot in the crowd. The contest will be telecast live on ESPN beginning at 12 p.m.

Pre-event activities will include live music by two bands, t-shirt giveaways, a trampoline act and a rap performance featuring Badlands Booker and rising star Akwafresh. Nathan’s Famous will also present the Food Bank For New York City with a 100,000 hot dog donation.

At 10 a.m. there is the pre-game show and performances; at 11 a.m., the introduction of eaters followed at noon by the contest.

For more, visit or

Updated 11:48 am, January 16, 2019
Today’s news:
Share on TwitterTweet
Share on Facebook

Don’t miss our updates:

Reasonable discourse

Comments closed.

First name
Last name
Your neighborhood
Email address
Daytime phone

Your letter must be signed and include all of the information requested above. (Only your name and neighborhood are published with the letter.) Letters should be as brief as possible; while they may discuss any topic of interest to our readers, priority will be given to letters that relate to stories covered by The Brooklyn Paper.

Letters will be edited at the sole discretion of the editor, may be published in whole or part in any media, and upon publication become the property of The Brooklyn Paper. The earlier in the week you send your letter, the better.

Keep it local!

Stay in touch with your community. Subscribe to our free newsletter: