I once watched Joey Chestnut eat 25 half-size pastrami sandwiches from Katz’s Deli in ten minutes. It was awesome in the true sense of the word, in that it inspired in me admiration, respect, and fear (tinged with disgust). You’ll understand what I mean once you watch the CBS Philly video above of Chestnut’s latest competitive eating victory.
On November 22, Chestnut ingested 9.35 pounds of roast turkey in ten minutes in front of a live audience, completely obliterating the previous record of 5.25 pounds.
“The participants were each handed a fully cooked 20-pound turkey and each had to figure out the best way to carve through it with their hands to get as much meat off the bone and in their mouth as possible,” reports the New York Daily News. Organizers of the Foxwoods World Turkey-Eating Championship awarded the victor $5,000 in prize money, but we suspect the real satisfaction for Chestnut was making a strong comeback after he lost the World Twinkie Eating Championship earlier this month.
With an injured foot in a cast, Chestnut lost his 2013 record-setting title (121 Twinkies in six minutes) to Matthew “The Megatoad” Stonie. He tweeted this right after:
No doubt it felt good, in a heartburn-y kind of way, to be able to tweet this just two weeks later:
The man is truly an inspiration. When you’re offered a third slice of pie this Thanksgiving, remember to ask yourself: What would Joey Chestnut do?