It’s nearly July 4th—do you know where Joey Chestnut is? As they have every year since 1916, the world’s greatest competitive eaters will gather on Coney Island to compete in the Nathan’s Famous Fourth of July International Hot Dog Eating Contest. You can watch at noon EST on ESPN and ESPN3.com as Chestnut strives to win his fifth title and break his own world record of 68 hot dogs and buns in just 10 minutes. As this holiday makes it amazingly easy to consume lots and lots of great food, he and other top-ranked eaters gave us these tips for making the most of an Independence Day buffet.
1. Eat normally the day before.
It’s a rookie mistake to fast in the days prior to a gorge-fest. Eat regularly until the morning of the competition, er, buffet.
3. Dunk your food.
All champion eaters use the dunking technique. Whether it be hot dogs, meatloaf, wings, chips or devilled eggs, food goes down easier when it’s wet. The fact it offends fellow diners is just a bonus.
4. Remain standing.
Sitting compresses the stomach and reduces its ability to expand. An erect torso facilitates speedy swallowing. Stand behind the couch or at the buffet table for easy access to food…and to hide your ever-growing stomach.
5. Psyche out the competition.
Casually ask other buffet goers if they’ve put on weight. This will make them self-conscious and more likely to pull back on the food intake, leaving more for you. Note: Made Man does not endorse the use of this technique on your wife or girlfriend.
6. Get inspired…
…by watching Chestnut’s first victory over the legendary Kobayashi in 2007. Dudes throw down.