Joey Chestnut proposes at 2014 Nathan’s Hot Dog Eating Contest

‘Jaws’ of wife! Joey Chestnut gets engaged ahead of wiener win

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WHAT A CROWD: Throngs braved the rain to watch the feats of gastrointestinal athleticism.
PRE-NUP: Neslie Ricasa ate 10 hot dogs and buns in the women’s event. Little did she know, they were an appetizer for the marriage proposal to come.
THE AGONY OF VICTORY: Miki Sudo works hard to keep down one of 34 hot dogs and buns.
UPSET STOMACH: Sonya “The Black Widow” Thomas lost the crown and fell nearly 20 hot dogs and buns short of her record last year.
SUDO-SCIENCE: Miki Sudo brought home more than a case of severe indigestion.
MASTER OF CEREMONIES: Major League Eating chairman George Shea presided.
CHEST-GUT: Joey Chestnut maintained his patented throat-constricting poise.
BREAKAWAY: Chestnut, center, secured the lead in the final minute while upstart Matt “Megatoad” Stonie, right, struggled with his final bites.
RIGHT BELT SIZE: The weiner hoists the Mustard Belt alof.
ROCKED: The diamond on this thing is no cheap condiment.
HOT-DOG BREATH: Joey Chestnut and Neslie Ricasa celebrate the beginning of their next great adventure.

Will you marry meat?

That was the question popped by hot-dog-eating legend Joey “Jaws” Chestnut on Friday when he proposed to girlfriend and fellow competitive eater Neslie Ricasa less than an hour before scarfing down 61 wieners and buns in 10 minutes to win his eighth straight Nathan’s Famous Hot Dog Eating Contest in Coney Island.

Ricasa said “yes” and Chestnut beat out upstart and fellow Californian Matt “Megatoad” Stonie after breaking away in the final minute of a neck-and-neck competition. Chestnut said it would never have been close had it not been for the rain.

“I could never find my rhythm, so it was just a dogfight the whole time,” Chestnut told the television cameras after falling way short of last year’s record of 69.

Stonie stalled in the closing moments, finishing at a mere 56 hot dogs and buns after matching Chestnut frank for frank for most of nine minutes.

Audience members who braved the rain to watch the gladiatorial gluttony cheered the feats, though one got ill thinking of having to foot the bill for Chestnut’s intake.

“I’m just glad I don’t have to take him to lunch,” said Frank Concerto, a Chestnut fan.

Others in the crowd said there was nowhere more patriotic in the country to be.

“It’s not much more American than that,” said Dan Mills, who traveled from Washington, D.C. to see the scarf-off.

Chestnut’s fiancee Ricasa downed just 10 dogs, trailing the pack in the women’s division, which was rocked by an upset when Miki Sudo put away 34 dogs and buns to defending three-time champ Sonya “The Black Widow” Thomas’s 27 3/4.

The defeat must have been hard for Thomas to swallow after cramming in a record 45 last year.

— with Vanessa Ogle

Nathan Tempey is a Deputy Editor at the Community Newspaper Group. Reach him at or by calling (718) 260-4504. Follow him at
Updated 10:17 pm, July 9, 2018
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Reasonable discourse

Rufus Leaking from BH says:
You may already be a weiner!
July 5, 2014, 5:31 pm
Tal Barzilai from Pleasantville, NY says:
In all honesty, I never saw anything special about a hot dog eating contest not to mention how disgusting it can get from eating so many hot dogs.
July 7, 2014, 3:05 pm

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