In the world of competitive eating, Joey Chestnut is a household name. The American competitive eater is ranked first in the world and his reign continues after breaking yet another record.
Chestnut picked an opportune time to display his eating dominance. Unquestionably the most famous and decorated competitive eater of all time (you’ve been passed by Kobayashi!), Chestnut accomplished his most recent world record on National Chicken Finger Day.
In celebration of National Chicken Finger Day, Chestnut appeared at the new Raising Cane’s location on the Las Vegas strip Wednesday to see how many chicken fingers he could eat in five minutes.
The 38-year-old competitive eating legend predicted he could finish somewhere between 40 and 50, and in the last remaining seconds, Chestnut dunked his 44th chicken finger into the famous Cane’s Sauce to punctuate his latest world record.
The renowned competitive eater actually holds several world records, including the number of hard-boiled eggs consumed in eight minutes (141) and the number of Twinkies eaten in six minutes (121).
Not to mention, Chestnut has been dominating the Nathan’s Hot Dog Eating Contest for the 15th time.
Of course, Cane’s Youtube live-streamed the whole spectacle. In the clip that can be seen below, the man who’s proved he’s the Tom Brady of competitive eating admitted before the timer started that he would have to “hustle” in order to break the record.
“These things are big [the chicken fingers],” Joey explained. “They’re big. They’re meaty. But they’re delicious. I’m gonna have to hustle. Just find my happy place and keep going. So, I think 40 to 50, it’s doable.”
Watch it here: RaisingCanes/Youtube
More Details of this record-breaking competitive eating contest from 'The Daily Wire':
At the start of the competition, it was announced that there were 75 of the restaurant’s famed chicken fingers placed in front of Chestnut. The MC then counted down from five before the giant clock on the table started ticking away.
The competitive eater then began wolfing one chicken finger at a time while he was flanked by two Vegas dancers, who were wearing red sparkling dresses, feather boas, and feather headgear.
The crowd cheered his name “Joey, Joey” and rooted Chestnut on as he tackled one chicken finger after another. The champ rotated between shoving the chicken fingers in his mouth to taking drinks to help get them all down.
The “American Legend,” as the MC labeled him, seemed to tackle the first two dozen without any struggle at all before he appeared to be moving more methodically as the clock ticked down. Then, it was announced that “Joey Chestnut” had set a new record for the restaurant chain, eating 44 Cane’s chicken fingers in just five minutes.
After the champ got a chance to breathe and soak up his victory, Joey said he was “living the dream” by getting to travel the country and set records for eating great food.
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