Joey Chestnut Takes To Salad And Greens After Victory In The Nathan’s Hot Dog Eating Contest

What do you do food wise after devouring 76 hot dogs on the 4th of the July in the Nathan’s Hot Dog Eating contest?

For champion Joey Chestnut, he’s in recovery mode from the 76 dogs, and is consuming salads and greens to get his digestive system back to normal.

The 76 hot dogs set a new record on Sunday, with Chestnut going for the gusto in the annual event that has become an American tradition.

Chestnut beat out second-place finisher Geoffrey Esper, who ate 50 dogs.

“It just felt good,” Chestnut said after his win Sunday.

“Even if I was uncomfortable, having everybody cheer me and push me, it made me feel good.”

The Indiana native has now won 14 of the last 15 hot dog eating contests since taking down six-time defending champion Takeru Kobayashi in 2007. His only loss was to Matt in 2015.

The hot dog eating champ admitted he’s bloated from eating the dogs but that he’ll push the salad, greens and high fiber the next few days to get back to normal.

“I’m still bloated,” Chestnut explained. “If I start sweating, I’ll smell like meat. But I go in knowing that it’s going to take a couple days to recover.”

“As soon as I can, I’m going to start eating a salad, greens and high fiber.”

Written by Matt Loede

Matt has been a part of the Cleveland Sports landscape working in the media since 1994 when he graduated from broadcasting school. His coverage beats include the Cleveland Indians, Cleveland Browns and Cleveland Cavaliers. He's written three books, and won the "2020 AP Sports Stringer Lifetime Service Award."

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