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The Hot Dog Eating Contest

Nathan’s Famous hot dogs. The world’s top competitive eaters. Ten minutes to glory. It all goes down on the Fourth of July at the corner of Surf and Stillwell.

Back to Coney!
The 2019 Nathan’s Famous International Hot Dog Eating Contest returns July 4, 2019

Men’s competition will also re-air on ESPN2 at 3pm, 4pm and 1am ET, as well as 7pm and midnight ET on ESPNEWS. Subject to change.

Countdown to July 4th


Who Will Hoist High the Mustard Belt in 2019?

Miki and Joey with their smiling belts

After a record-breaking performance at last year’s Hot Dog Eating Contest, Joey Chestnut appears poised to defend his title once again. But could this year be the year that he’s de-throned? Fierce competitors Carmen Cincotti and Matt Stonie have consistently challenged Joey for the championship title, always coming up just a little short, further fueling their drive to win. Could this be the year we crown a new champion?

On the women’s side, Miki Sudo stands in a class of her own. The five-time Mustard Belt winner is the favorite going into this year’s event. Our only question is can ANYONE defeat her?

Anything can happen on the corner of Surf and Stillwell. And we can’t wait to see what our competitors bring to the table.

So grab a pack of Nathan’s Famous premium beef franks, fire up the grill and watch live July 4, 2019 on ESPN2!

Experience the Contest Live!

You’ve been following the qualifiers. You’ve got the countdown on your phone. What’s next? Making a trip to Coney Island to see the Nathan’s Famous International Hot Dog Eating Contest live!

Join us Thursday, July 4 at Nathan’s Famous on Coney Island for the festivities.

Hot Dog plates on competition table



Coming from the Belt Parkway West; get off at Exit 7B Ocean Parkway.
Go onto Shore Parkway then make a left onto Ocean Parkway.
Ocean Parkway will then turn into Surf Avenue.

Coming from the Belt Parkway East; get off Exit 6 Cropsey Avenue/Coney Island. Make slight left onto Shore Parkway. Make slight left onto Bay 52nd Street. Make first right on Cropsey. Cropsey becomes West 17th Street, then make left onto Surf Avenue.


Take N, Q, D, F to the Coney Island-Stillwell Avenue Station


B68 to Stillwell Terminal
B82 to Mermaid and Stillwell Avenue
B36 to Surf and Stillwell Avenue

How to Make the Perfect Hot Dog Nathan's Style

Bring home the Nathan’s Famous original taste and cook up some hot dogs to relive the glory of the Nathan’s Famous International Hot Dog Eating Contest!

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A Tale as Tall as 73 Hot Dogs

It all started with a friendly Fourth of July competition. Find out everything about Nathan’s Famous Hot Dog Eating Contest history with these fun facts.

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Chasing the Mustard Belt

The chase for the Mustard Belt is on. Learn all about the eaters, the major storylines, the drama and the lore of the world’s most famous eating contest. Watch our Chasing the Mustard Belt video series.

2018 Champs

Joey Chestnut

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Joey Chestnut

Joey did what he does best: eat! In world record fashion, he won his 11th Mustard Belt. A true legend. Enjoy the hot dog glory, Joey!

Fun fact: The former construction manager turned pro eater has made a career out of bulldozing the competition. From hot dogs, to apple pie, to burritos, he holds 40 eating records! The only thing he won’t touch? Kale.

Miki Sudo

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Miki Sudo

It was another dominant performance from Miki! She continues to set Coney Island records as the only woman to be a five-peat champion. Cheers to our champion, Miki!

Fun fact: Joey “Jaws” Chestnut. Matt “Megatoad” Stonie. Sonya “The Black Widow” Thomas. Miki Sudo. Of all the elite Nathan’s eaters, she’s the only one without a nickname. “Never have. Never will,” she says. We can respect that.

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