Joey Chestnut is an American competitive eater, best known for being the top-ranked eater in Major League Eating. He once stated that he had a huge appetite as a kid and ate a lot. He attended the San Jose State University and participated in his first eating competition when his younger brother insisted that he join a deep-fried asparagus eating contest. He performed well in the contest and began making a name for himself in the domain. In 2007, He had his first brush with fame when he won the 92nd Annual Nathan’s Hot Dog Eating Contest. Over the years, he won 11 more Nathan’s contests. Chestnut holds several records in the game and has won several championship titles in Major League Eating.

Birth Name

Joseph Christian Chestnut


Joey Chestnut


Professional Competitive eater with Major League Eating, Construction Engineer



Personal Life

Birthday / Date of Birth

Joey Chestnut was born on the 25th of November 1983, in Fulton County, Kentucky, United States.


He’s currently 39 years old.

Sun Sign







Chestnut studied engineering at San Jose State University.

Family Details

  • Father – Merlin Chestnut
  • Mother – Alicia Chestnut
  • Siblings – Unknown

Marital Status


Girlfriend / Spouse

Joey Chestnut has dated –


  • Neslie Ricasa (2014-2015) – In 2014, Chestnut proposed to his longtime girlfriend Neslie Ricasa just before defending his title Nathan’s competition. In 2015, the couple split up prior to their scheduled wedding date.

Physical Statistics


  • In feet – 6 feet 0 inches
  • In centimeters – 183 cm
  • In meters – 1.83 m


  • In Kilograms – 104 kg
  • In Pounds – 229 lbs

Body Build


Eye Color

Dark Brown

Hair Color

Dark Brown

Shoe Size

He wears a size 11.5 (US) shoe.



Professional Statistics

Famous For

Chestnut became known as a Competitive eater who won the 92nd Annual Nathan’s Hot Dog Eating Contest and has been ranked first in the world by Major League Eating. He is also an actor, known for Katy Perry Feat. Nicki Minaj: Swish Swish (2017), Sidetalk (2019) and MrBeast (2012).

Joey Chestnut Net worth

Joey Chestnut has an estimated net worth of $2.5 million dollars as of 2023.

Social Media Profiles

Some Lesser Known Facts About Joey Chestnut

  • Joseph was born in Fulton County, Kentucky, U.S., to middle-class parents. He was one of the six siblings in the family.
  • His father had left the family when he was 2 years old. Thus, he and his siblings were raised singlehandedly by their mother. He eventually moved with his family to San Jose and joined a high school there.
  • In 2005, Joey participated in the first eating contest of his life, while studying at the San Jose University.  During the competition, he emerged as a dark horse and defeated the ultimate favorite contestant, Rich LeFevre, by devouring 6.3 pounds of deep-fried asparagus in less than 12 minutes.
  • In 2006, Chestnut qualified for Nathan’s Contest by eating 50 HDB. As July 4 approached, there was speculation that 2006 might be the year when Kobayashi would be beaten.
  • In 2007, Joey won the Wing Bowl XV, an annual Philadelphia event at the Wachovia Center. In this competition, he ate 182 chicken wings in 30 minutes, becoming a Wing Bowl champion and record holder.
  • In 2009, he appeared on Man v. Food where he ate a 5-pound burrito called Iguana’s Burritozilla in 3 minutes and 10 seconds.
  • On July 4, 2013, Chestnut successfully defended his title at Nathan’s 98th Annual Hot Dog Eating Contest at Coney Island in Brooklyn, New York. He beat his own world record of 68 by consuming 69 HDB in ten minutes, which earned him his 7th Mustard Belt for this competition.
  • On September 22, 2013, Chestnut ate 70 bratwursts to set the world record and take his fourth straight title, at the Hillshire Farm Bratwurst Eating World Championship held at Oktoberfest Zinzinnati in Cincinnati, Ohio.


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