Joey Chestnut, the Michael Jordan of eating like a fucking pig, lost the World Gyoza Eating Championships to up and comer Matt Stonie. The contest was held at the Japanese American Cultural and Community Center in L.A. where Chestnut, the reigning Gyoza eating champ, was bested 268 to 251. Chestnut is the best known competitive eater in the world, the growing “sport” where people risk asphyxiation and type-2 diabetes for our sick enjoyment. Is it possible that Chestnut’s days of grossing us all out by swallowing enough grub to feed a starving African village numbered?
I don’t think so, not yet anyway. He won the “Super Bowl” of competitive eating, the Nathan’s 4th of July Hot Dog Eating Contest this year. He may be slowing down but he’s still a badass. He’s like Mariano Rivera in the mid-00’s, not in his prime but still pretty fucking good.