Joey Chestnut Won Nathan’s Hot Dog Eating Contest 2022: Winning Prize and His Record

The annual Nathan’s Hot Dog Eating contest 4th of July 2022 announced pro-eater Joey Chestnut as the winner once again for this year. How much did Joey Chestnut actually get in award money? Read on to find out.


Joey Chestnut Takes Home First Place Reward Money

This particular win marked Joey’s 15th victory at the Independence Day contest making a new record. He managed to scarf down an astounding 63 hot dogs and buns. All in a matter of 10 minutes.

Geoffrey Esper came second right behind him. Joey beat Geoffrey by an additional 20 hotdogs and claimed the first prize.

Major League Eating boasts a prize of $40,000 for its July 4th competition in Coney Island, New York.

$10,000 is the sum of money awarded to both the men’s first-place prize winner and the women’s first-place prize winner. While Joey took home the $10,000 for the men’s eating contest, Miki Sudo took home the $10,000 for the women’s eating contest.


Those who finish second get award money while those who finish third, get award money of$2,500, fourth place runner-ups take home $1,500, and finally those who finish fifth in the contest earn $1,000.

A Brief History of Joey Chestnut’s Incredible Record-Breaking Hot dog Eating

MLE crowned the Major League Eating pro, Joey Chestnut as the greatest eater of all time.

The professional competitive eater rose to fame in 2007 after defeating Takeru Kobayashi in the 2007 Nathan’s Famous Fourth. People often describe Takeru Kobayashi as “the godfather of competitive eating”. They also generally credit him for popularizing competitive eating.

The victory kicked off the beginning of Joey’s eight-year run winning first place at Nathan’s Eating Contest.

He remained undefeated at Major League Eating with the exception of the year 2014. He ultimately managed to win back his title in the 2016 Championship.

The pro-eater also holds the world’s hot dog eating record. He achieved the record by finishing a whopping 76 Nathan’s Famous hot dogs and buns in 10 minutes, which he scarfed down during the 2021 contest.

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Joey Chestnut Chokes Out An Animal Rights Activist

Three animal-rights protesters caused a minor disruption during the course of the 2022 contest. They attempted to charge to the middle of the stage while contestants were competing in order to draw attention to their protests.

Joey Chestnut
Joey Chestnut (Credit: WireImage)

However, the disturbance did not last longer than a few seconds as Joey decided to deal with the protestors himself. He managed to get one of the protestors into a headlock and pinned him to the ground.

Eventually, security carried the protestors off the stage. Joey and the other contestants continued to compete in the competition.


The animal rights activists were most probably protesting against the largest pork factory in the nation, Smithfield farm which supplied pork for the contest.

They were protesting against the farm’s unethical treatment of pigs. Smithfield farm has a history of controversies surrounding animal abuse.

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