Joey Chestnut Barred From Nathan’s Hot Dog Eating Contest Due to Vegan Sponsor Beef

It’s the end of an era for the Nathan’s Hot Dog Eating Contest, with 16-time champion Joey Chestnut deemed incapable of competing in the beloved Fourth of July event after signing with a vegan brand.

Major League Eating said in a statement Tuesday that it was “devastated to learn” of Chestnut’s betrayal: choosing to represent “a rival brand that sells plant-based hot dogs rather than participate in Nathan’s Famous Fourth of July Hot Dog Eating 2024.” Competition.”

Although the organization did not name the rival brand, the New York Post reported that Chestnut recently went into business with Impossible Foods.

Major League Eating said it had made “great efforts in recent months to accommodate Joey and his management team, agreeing to the appearance fee and allowing Joey to participate in a rival hot dog eating contest unmarked on Labor Day,” but that they ‘could not reach an agreement.

“For nearly two decades, we have operated under the same basic provisions for hot dog exclusivity,” the league said. “However, it appears that Joey and his managers have prioritized a new partnership with another hot dog brand over our long-standing relationship.”

In a statement posted to social media hours later, Chestnut said he was “gutted” by the ban, which he said he heard about in the media.

“I love being a part of this event, I love celebrating America with my fans all over this great country on the 4th and I have been training to defend my title,” he said.

“To set the record straight,” the competitive eater continued, “I do not have a contract with MLE or Nathans and they are looking to change the rules from years past regarding who else I can partner with. to work.”

He thanked his fans and promised they would soon see him binge again. “STAY HUNGRY!”

Chestnut, 40, won the hot dog eating contest every year from 2007 to 2014 and again from 2016 to 2023. (Matt Stonie beat him by two dogs in 2015.) He holds the record for most francs never swallowed during the competition. , shooting a breathtaking 76 in 2021.

Major League Eating, hailing him as “an American hero,” said it hoped Chestnut could return home for the contest after he no longer represents his rival.

The Nathan’s competition has been held on Coney Island in New York every summer since 1979. At the height of the COVID-19 pandemic in 2020, it was held without a crowd in an indoor arena a few miles away, and with only five participants. sitting at the table. Unsurprisingly, Chestnut won the gold medal with 75 hot dogs.

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