CINCINNATI (AP) — The top-ranked competitive eater in the world and reigning king of the World Bratwurst Eating Championship has defended his title in Cincinnati, washing down 35 brats in 10 minutes.

Joey “Jaws” Chestnut approaches the contest like a sport.

Chestnut, a construction manager in San Jose, said he prepares by fasting for two to three days before the contest, which took place at Oktoberfest Zinzinnati, North America’s largest Oktoberfest.

The 10 male competitors put away 170 brats in 10 minutes Saturday during the officially sanctioned contest.

One observer called the contest “pretty wild” and said he didn’t know whether to throw up or get a brat for himself.

For his victory, Chestnut won $2,000 and a golden Oktoberfest-Zinzinnati chicken hat.

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Comments (3)
  1. ToddInSF says:

    San Jose’s Joey Chestnut Downs 35 Bratwursts To Win Cincinatti [sic] Eating Championship <<<Whoever wrote that headline needs to learn how to spell Cincinnati.

  2. dbarco says:

    This is such a vulgar ritual! People are starving not only in this country but certainly in many parts of the world and these sorts of contests seem to be crowd pleasers. I suppose they’ll reconsider once they have endured something like a major natural disaster or the WWII siege of Leningrad
    (St. Petersburg).

  3. jennifer says:

    what i find to be a little more vulgar than this ‘sport’, is the millions of dollars paid to national sports players…while doctors and teachers can’t find work…and children are starving. even if there was some kind of major disaster…people would still fear the beard. that makes a hot dog contest seem a little easier to swallow, no?

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