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BIGGER PICTURE: For the love of hot dogs

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06.07.2022

On July 4, the annual Nathan’s Hot Dog Eating Contest at Coney Island in Brooklyn was held. In the last two decades it has likely become the most famous of all the competitive eating events — and there are many (pizza, poutine, ice cream, jalapeño, shrimp, bacon and oysters, to name just a few).

Joey Chestnut, 38, the most well-known of all hot dog eaters, won for the seventh consecutive year and holds 15 Champion Mustard Belts. It should be noted that Chestnut’s 15th title overtook tennis star Rafael Nadal’s 14 French Open titles for the most championships in a single event — that according to ESPN.

I find the contest fascinating. The over-the-top spectacle that goes with it can only be found in America. My partner Kim finds it repulsive and refuses to indulge me in watching it together.

Some basic info about the competition: The winner is awarded $10,000 out of a $40,000 purse for men and women. Joey........

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