Two competitive eating champions defended their title Thursday at New York's annual Independence Day hot dog eating competition.
Joey "Jaws" Chestnut of San Jose, California, snagged his seventh straight victory, and Sonya "The Black Widow" Thomas of Alexandria, Virginia, defended her women's division title at the 98th annual hot dog chow down sponsored by Nathan's Famous.
From Memorial Day to Labor Day, Americans gobble down 818 hot dogs every second, according to National Hot Dog & Sausage Council statistics. On Independence Day alone, the people of this great nation devour approximately 150 million hot dogs.
Joey “Jaws” Chestnut hopes to be responsible for at least 69 of them. That's how many HDB (hot dogs and buns, in competitive eating speak) it would take to best his previous record of 68 in 10 minutes, set at the 2009 Nathan's Famous Fourth of July International Hot Dog Eating Contest. The former construction manager turned full-time competitive eater tied that stat last year, locking in his sixth consecutive victory at the Coney Island contest.
The two reigning champs of a hot dog eating contest joined their challengers for a weigh-in as they hope to devour their way into the record books Wednesday in New York City.
Joey "Jaws" Chestnut and Sonya "The Black Widow" Thomas, the male and female champions respectively, will defend their titles at the annual event in Brooklyn.
Think your signature recipe is worth a million bucks? Christina Verrelli of Devon, Pennsylvania, learned today that her Pumpkin Ravioli with Salted Caramel Whipped Cream isn't just a crowd-pleaser; it's a cash cow.
Verrelli bested 94 women and five men ranging in age from 25 to 77, both new and veteran Pillsbury Bake-Off finalists to earn a prize of $1 million in the 45th Pillsbury Bake-Off Contest. Her victory was announced today on a live broadcast of "The Martha Stewart Show," at the Peabody Orlando Hotel in Florida.
What's the best way to rally some national attention for a cause? Serve up some nachos. A whole lotta nachos.
This past Saturday, the Billerica, Massachusetts branch of Ninety Nine restaurant set a Guinness record for creating the world's biggest plate of nachos, in hopes of a big kickoff for their fundraising efforts to benefit the Boys and Girls Clubs.
Joey Chestnut has won his 5th consecutive mustard-yellow belt at this year's Nathan's July 4th International Hot Dog Eating Contest at Coney Island.
He ate 62 hot dogs in ten minutes, six shy of his world record of 68.
Adding intrigue to this year's competition, one-time reigning champ Takeru Kobayashi, who was effectively locked out of the competition due to a contract dispute with Major League Eating, wolfed down 69 frankfurters at an offsite event in New York.
Katherine Dorsett is an editor and producer at CNN. She reeeaaaaalllly loves SPAM.
I admit it. I love SPAM. It's delicious.
I know it's the butt of many jokes, but I don't care. It tastes good to me and I'm clearly not alone, since it has been around since 1937.
The winners of the "Great American SPAM Championship" have been announced, bringing joy to SPAM fans the world over. The competition (an annual event since 1991) this year called for creative macaroni and cheese-inspired SPAM dishes. More than 800 people participated in the contest, with the finals bringing all the winning recipes from state and county fairs across the United States together in a head-to-head battle.