back to top

Here Are The Over-Stuffed Winners Of This Year's Fourth Of July Hot Dog-Eating Contest

There's a new queen and reigning king in Coney Island. But what about Kobayashi?

Posted on

Every year, the Nathan's Famous-sponsored contest opens on Coney Island with the top women in competitive eating.

AP Photo/John Minchillo

From left to right: Michelle Lesco, Sonya Thomas, Miki Sudo, and Juliet Lee.


The men's competition began later in the afternoon — after reigning champion Joey Chestnut proposed to his longtime girlfriend live on ESPN.

AP Photo/John Minchillo

From left to right: Tim Janus, Joey Chestnut, Matt Stonie, and Erik Denmark.

Jessica Testa is a national reporter for BuzzFeed News and is based in New York.

Contact Jessica Testa at

Got a confidential tip? Submit it here.