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Joey Chestnut
Age: 27
Profession: Competitive eater
Background: The four-time champion, Chestnut brought the Mustard Yellow Belt back to America after years of Japanese domination.
Successes:
• 66 hot dogs and buns in 12 minutes
• 7-1/2 pounds of chicken wings in 12 minutes
• 9 pounds, 5 ounces of deep fried asparagus in 10 minutes
• 47 grilled cheese sandwiches in 10 minutes
Lu Ming Kui
Age: 31
Background: A native of Qingdao, very little is known about him.
Successes: 13 HDBs at the 2011 Beijing qualifier
Tai Loi Mak
Age: 36
Profession: Technician/Taekwondo instructor
Background: Has participated in competitive eating since 2006. Beyond that, little is known.
Successes:
• 28 German sausages in eight minutes
• 13 pieces of sushi in two minutes
• 1 kg steak and 500 g of vegetables in 15 minutes
Tim Janus
Age: 34
Profession: Pizza maker
Background: A perennial runner up, Janus eats with his identity concealed, like his soul.
Successes:
• 71 tamales in 12 minutes
• 26 cannoli in six minutes
• 141 pieces of sushi in six minutes
• 45 HDBs in 10 minutes
Patrick Bertolleti
Age: 25
Profession: Chef
Background: One of the “Young Guns” of competitive eating, Bertolleti is never seen without his headphones, which blare Jesse and the Rippers during the contest.
Successes:
• 47 slices of pizza in 10 minutes
• 22-ounce Slurpee in nine seconds
• 4-1/4 pounds of baby back ribs in eight minutes
• 10.8 pounds of key lime pie eight minutes
• 55 HDBs in 10 minutes

Here are top competitors who’ll be munching and crunching at Monday’s Nathan’s hot dog-eating contest at Coney Island:

Updated 5:24 pm, July 9, 2018
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