Nathan’s Famous Hot Dog Eating Contest: Who Won the Annual Fourth of July Binge-a-thon? (Watch Video)

Patrick Bertoletti has earned the coveted Mustard Belt.

The 26-year-old Chicagoan took the men’s title at Nathan’s Famous Hot Dog Eating Contest Thursday, eating 58 hot dogs in 10 minutes.

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The competitive eater succeeded 16-time champion Joey Chestnut, who consumed a whopping 62 frankfurters in 2023. (Somehow, that was 14 frankfurters shy of his record-setting 76 franks in 2021.)

Patrick Bertoletti & Miki Sudo <cite>Adam Gray/Getty Images</cite>
Patrick Bertoletti & Miki Sudo Adam Gray/Getty Images

Prior to the men’s competition, Miki Sudo won the women’s title, scarfing down a record-setting 51 weenies in 10 minutes, besting her year-ago victory by 11-and-a-half weenies. She is now a 10-time champion.

Watch video of Bertoletti and Sudo’s respective wins below.

Chestnut had been banned from participating in Nathan’s annual Fourth of July binge-a-thon. The perennial wiener winner recently signed a spokesman deal with Impossible Foods, which goes against brand exclusivity rules.

“We are devastated to learn that Joey Chestnut has chosen to represent a rival brand that sells plant-based hot dogs rather than competing in the 2024 Nathan’s Famous Fourth of July Hot Dog Eating Contest,” a spokesperson for Major League Eating previously told TVLine. “MLE and Nathan’s went to great lengths in recent months to accommodate Joey and his management team, agreeing to the appearance fee and allowing Joey to compete in a rival unbranded hot dog eating contest on Labor Day. For nearly two decades we have worked under the same basic hot dog exclusivity provisions. However, it seems that Joey and his managers have prioritized a new partnership with a different hot dog brand over our long-time relationship.”

Meanwhile, an Impossible Foods spokesperson issued a statement of support for Chestnut, arguing that “meat eaters shouldn’t have to be exclusive to just one wiener.”

The 16-time champ will instead face off against his longtime rival, six-time victor Takeru Kobayashi, in the live Netflix special Chestnut vs. Kobayashi: Unfinished Beef. The competitive-eating competition will stream live Monday, Sept. 2 — aka Labor Day. The location and timing will be announced at a later date.

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