Joseph Christian Chestnut aka Joey Chestnut (born on 25th November 1983 in Fulton County, Kentucky, United States) is an American professional competitive eater. He is currently ranked first in the world by Major League Eating. Chestnut has won his 12th title at Nathan’s Hot Dog Eating Contest, eating 71 hot dogs till now.
Wiki, Bio, Age, Parents, Education
Joseph Christian Chestnut aka Joey Chestnut was born on 25th November 1983 in Fulton County, Kentucky, United States. He grew up with a single mother, as his dad had left the family when he was 2 years old. His mother worked in a restaurant as a cook and with the money she made, raised Joey and paid for his education.
He is 35 years old (soon to be 36 coming November in 2019) and belongs to the birth sign Sagittarius. By nationality, he is an American and is of White ethnicity. Talking about his education, Chestnut graduated from San Jose State University in San Jose, California, United States. There is no records of him having siblings.
Professional Career and Prize
Chestnut first dove into the world of competitive eating in 2005 while he was a student at San Jose State University. He gave a break-out performance in the deep-fried asparagus eating championship, in which he beat high-ranked eater Rich LeFevre by eating 6.3 pounds of asparagus in just 11.5 minutes. The same year, he qualified for his first Nathan’s Hot Dog Eating Contest and ate 32 hot dogs placing himself at the third position.
On 24th March 2008, Joey set a new record at The Big Texan Steak Ranch restaurant in Amarillo, Texas by eating a meal of 72-ounce ribeye steak, salad, baked potato, shrimp cocktail, and roll in just 8 minutes 52 seconds. After that, on his show on KKLA, Frank Pastore, the previous record holder, congratulated Chestnut. In the early 2010s, he used to work in construction management.
In 2011, Chestnut had become such a force on the eating circuit that he was able to quit his full-time job in construction management. That year, he won his fifth straight Mustard Belt, awarded to the winner of the Nathan’s Hot Dog Eating Contest. In 2012, after winning his 6th consecutive hot dog eating contest in 2012 by eating 68 hot dogs, he stated, “I will not stop until I reach 70. This sport isn’t about eating. It’s about to drive and dedication, and at the end of the day, hot dog eating challenges both my body and my mind.”
Chestnut holds a whopping 49 eating records per the Major League Eating. He consumed 185 Catalina croquetas in eight minutes, 28.5 canteen sandwiches in 10 minutes, 43 pepperoni rolls in 10 minutes and 52 4-ounce mutton sliders in 10 minutes. On 4th July 2016, Chestnut redeemed himself with 70 hot dogs and buns.
Furthermore, on 4th September 2016, he won his third consecutive title at the United States Chicken Wing Eating Championships in Buffalo, New York by eating 188 wings in 12 minutes. Next year on 4th July 2017, he defended his title and ate 72 hot dogs and buns. This was his 10th title and once again set a new Coney Island record.
In 2018, Joey competed in The Amazing Race 30 alongside fellow competitive eater Tim Janus. In addition, Chestnut won his 11th Nathan’s Hot Dog Eating Contest, eating 74 hotdogs on 4th July 2018. Moreover, on 4th July 2019, Chestnut won his 12th Nathan’s Hot Dog Eating Contest, eating 71 hot dogs.
Net Worth & Salary
As of 2019, Joey Chestnut has an estimated net worth of $1.5 million. According to Celebrity Net Worth, top competitive eaters easily make $500000 a year between combination of winnings and sponsorship. Subsequently, his primary source of wealth is from his profession and prized money.
Personal Life: Wife, Kids
Speaking of his love life, Joey proposed to his long-time girlfriend, Neslie Ricasa, in 2014 and the lady said “Yes”. However, the couple separated in 2015 after dating for a year. Meanwhile, we found a picture of him with a lady named “Brie” on the Instagram calling her babe. It seems they are dating each other. Therefore, Chestnut is believed to be in a relationship.
Weight, Height & Social Media
Chestnut stands at the height of 6 feet & 1 inch and weighs 104 kg. Similarly, he uses dress size of 4 (US) and shoe size of 8 (US). He has brown color hair and a pair of blue eyes. Joey Chestnut holds 27.3k followers on Instagram, 31.3k followers on Twitter and 19k followers on Facebook.