Joey Chestnut banned from 2024 Nathan’s sizzling canine consuming contest over partnership with vegan wiener firm

Joey Chestnut’s reign appears like will probably be on a short maintain.

The 16-time Nathan’s sizzling canine consuming contest champion is reportedly barred from competing on this yr’s occasion.

Chestnut not too long ago signed a cope with Unimaginable Meals, a rival of Nathan’s that has launched a vegan wiener, the New York Publish reported.

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Joey Chestnut competes within the Nathan’s Well-known Worldwide Sizzling Canine Consuming Contest in Coney Island July 4, 2012, within the Brooklyn borough of New York Metropolis. (Andrew Burton/Getty Photos)

“We’re devastated to study that Joey Chestnut has chosen to signify a rival model that sells plant-based sizzling canine quite than competing within the 2024 Nathan’s Well-known Fourth of July Sizzling Canine Consuming Contest,” Main League Consuming (MLE) stated in an announcement.”

MLE stated it allowed Chestnut to take part in a rival competitors on Labor Day, which can be broadcast on Netflix. Chestnut is reported to have made $200,000 for showing in final yr’s contest and was supplied a four-year, $1.2 million deal.

As a substitute, Chestnut can be selling a rival.

“MLE and Nathan’s went to nice lengths to accommodate Joey and his administration workforce, agreeing to the looks payment and permitting Joey to compete in a rival, unbranded sizzling canine consuming contest on Labor Day,” the league continued.

Joey Chestnut and hot dogs

Aggressive eater Joey Chestnut holds a plate of sizzling canine representing his world document for consuming 76 sizzling canine and buns in ten minutes throughout a weigh-in ceremony earlier than Nathan’s July Fourth sizzling canine consuming contest July 3, 2023, in New York.  (AP Picture/John Minchillo)

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“For practically 20 years we have now labored below the identical primary sizzling canine exclusivity provisions. Nevertheless, evidently Joey and his managers have prioritized a brand new partnership with a unique model over our long-time relationship.

“Joey Chestnut is an American hero. We might love nothing greater than to have him on the Nathan’s Well-known Worldwide Sizzling Canine Consuming Contest. We hope he returns when he isn’t representing a rival model.”

The 40-year-old, broadly thought to be the GOAT in his sport, has gained the competition yearly however one since 2007. He was upset by Matt Stonie within the 2015 competitors however has since rattled off eight straight victories within the contest.

Chestnut’s 76 canine and buns within the 2021 contest stay a world document. He ate 62 final yr, sufficient to defend his title (in simply 10 minutes).

Joey Chestnut holds his belt

Joey Chestnut reacts after profitable first place, consuming 63 sizzling canine in 10 minutes, through the 2022 Nathan’s Well-known Fourth of July Worldwide Sizzling Canine Consuming Contest July 4, 2022, within the Brooklyn borough of New York Metropolis. (Kena Betancur/Getty Photos)

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Different world data held by Chestnut embody his 32 Bic Macs in 38 minutes, 44 Elevating Cane’s hen fingers in 5 minutes and 61.5 four-ounce pork roll sandwiches in 10 minutes, amongst dozens of others.

Chestnut famously took down a protester on the 2022 occasion by way of chokehold, which did not section him one bit. He nonetheless downed 63 canine and buns.

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