While July 4th is full of patriotic celebrations, the 2023 Nathan’s Famous Hot Dog-Eating Contest is back on ESPN. For the 20th year, the sports programming network will air the infamous competitive food eating contest. Joey Chestnut and Miki Sudo return to defend their Mustard Belts.
An annual tradition, the 2023 Nathan’s Famous Hot Dog-Eating Contest will have all the spectacle that people expect. While the home celebrations might only have a fraction of those hot dogs served, the holiday does not feel complete without the classic food on the table.
According to Major League Eating Chair George Shea, “Nathan’s Famous Fourth of July Hot Dog Eating Contest is the crucible through which greatness is forged. On Independence Day 2023, we will once again celebrate the birth of this nation and the champion of the Fourth of July.”
Previously, Joey Chestnut earned the World Record for eating 76 hot dogs during the 10-minute event. In 2022, Chestnut ate 63 hot dogs. Although all the elements need to be perfect to break that total, Chestnut is hard to beat. While there are many contenders seeking to take that belt away, it will take complete focus to earn the win.
The world of competitive eating might not seem like the most arduous sporting event, but it takes discipline to earn those titles. As viewers watch, each competitor’s technique can create lots of commentary. It might not entice others to do their own competition in the backyard, it might be a method to enjoy a second helping at the buffet table. Luckily, at home, people can savor the experience with their favorite condiment, beverage, and more.
In addition to Chestnut and Sudo, this year’s competition will include Nick Wehry, James Webb, Michelle Lesco, Geoffrey Esper and others. The 2023 Nathan’s Famous Hot Dog-Eating Contest women’s event will air at 10:45 a.m. ET on ESPN 3. The men’s competition will air at 12 p.m. ET on ESPN2. The event will be re-broadcast throughout the day.