June 12, 2024

‘Absolutely, He Will be Defending!’: Joey Chestnut to Compete in Vegas Eating Contest

Las Vegas Review Journal

Joey Chestnut has been bounced from the Nathan’s Famous Hot Dog Eating Contest. But he’ll be back for bagels in Vegas.

Banished from Nathan’s July 4 event at Coney Island, Chestnut is expected to defend his Siegel’s Bagelmania World Eating Championships victory next January.

The tentative date for the third installation of the rollicking event is Jan. 18.

“Absolutely, he will be defending!” Bagelmania owner Stephen Siegel texted Wednesday.

Chestnut won the second Siegel’s Bagelmania World Eating Championships this past January. About 500 spectators turned out for the competition, held in the deli parking lot at 252 Convention Center Drive.Chestnut said afterward he was happy with the victory and $5,000 first-place check. But he added, “There is room for improvement.” It was his first bagel-eating competition.In his first appearance in the event, Chestnut downed 15 bagels in eight minutes. That was half a bagel better than second-place finisher and the event’s defending champ, Geoff Esper. Nick Wehry was third with 10.5 bagels consumed in the sloppy, yet suspenseful, contest.

Siegel's Bagelmania World Bagel Eating Championship in Las Vegas
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