Joey Chestnut Biography, Age, Family, Education, Spouses, Height and Net Worth

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Who is Joey Chestnut?

Joseph Christian Chestnut (Joey Chestnut) is an American competitive eater. Currently ranked first in the world by the Major League Eating. Joey is a Vallejo, California, native.

Joey Chestnut’s Achievements

Chestnut won the 92nd Annual Nathan’s Hot Dog Eating Contest on July 4, 2007. Joey defeated the six-time defending champion Takeru ”Tsunami” Kobayashi by consuming a world record of 66 hot dogs and buns in 12 minutes. This was after he had lost to Kobayashi in 2005 and 2006.

In 2008 he successfully defended his title by winning a five hot dog eat-off after he tied Kobayashi in consuming 59 HDB in ten minutes. Joey won his third consecutive title on July 4, 2009, after he beat Kobayashi again, by consuming a world record 68 HDB.


A photo of Joey Chestnut
A photo of Joey Chestnut

In 2010, Chestnut won his fourth consecutive Mustard Belt eating 54 HDB. It was a runaway victory as Kobayashi did not compete due to a dispute about his contract with Major League Eating. Chestnut won his 5th-consecutive championship with 62 HDB on July 4, 2011. He marked his 6th consecutive win in 2012 when he tied his own record from 2009 by devouring 68 HDB.

Chestnut got his seventh straight title eating a total of 69 HDB, in 2013 after breaking his previous world record. Later in 2014, he won his 8th straight title eating a total of 61 HDB. Although in 2015 he lost the contest to Matt Stonie, he regained the championship belt in 2016. He defeated Stonie by eating 70 hot dogs, this was 3.5 hot dogs less of his record-setting qualifying round.

On July 4, 2017, a year later he rose his record to 72 hot dogs and in 2018 he set a world record of 74 hot dogs. In 2019 he received his twelfth title with 71 HDB, despite not beating his previous record. Chestnut consumed 75 HDB, a new world record for the contest in 2020. He later broke his world record for the contest in 2021after he consumed 76 HDB.

Joey Chestnut’s Age

Born in Fulton County, KY, U.S. Joseph Christian Chestnut was born on November 25, 1983. He is aged 37 as of 2021.

Joey Chestnut’s Family

Joey Chestnut’s Parents

Chestnut was born in U.S. to the family of Merlin Chestnut and Alicia Chestnut. His father deserted the family when he was 2 years old leaving them to be raised by their mother singlehandedly.

Joey Chestnut’s Siblings

Chestnut was born as one of six siblings in their family. He has three brothers and two sisters.

Joey Chestnut’s Education

Joseph attended Vallejo High School and is also a San Jose State University student where he pursued civil engineering.

Joey Chestnut’s Interests

Christian liked his mother’s cooking as a kid and always ate a lot. He gorged on the pasta she made most of the time as he was blessed with a good metabolism rate thus did not get fat.

Joey Chestnut’s Spouses

Chestnut is presently single after living with his fiancĂ© and long-time girlfriend Neslie Ricasa up to 2015. They separated before their scheduled wedding date after Chestnut had proposed in 2014. He proposed just before defending his title in the 2014 Nathan’s competition.

Joey Chestnut’s Children

Chestnut has no children out of his previous relationship with his longtime girlfriend Ricasa.

Joey Chestnut’s Residence

Christian Chestnut presently lives in Westfield, Indiana in the United States.

Joey Chestnut’s Height

Adding to his weight of 104 kg and well-built body, Chestnut has a height of (6′ 1″) 1.85 m.

Joey Chestnut’s Net Worth

Professional competitive eater and construction engineer, Christian Chestnut has an accumulated net worth of $ 2 million as of 2021.