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July 1, 2:30 PM ET
Chat with Joey Chestnut

Buzzmaster
  (2:26 PM)

Joey is here!

Greg (Miami)

How did you like the gyros competition? That's my favorite food.

Joey Chestnut
  (2:27 PM)

It was awesome. They were made fresh. The audience definitely pushed me hard.

Jeff (DC)

how do you prepare for an event?

Joey Chestnut
  (2:27 PM)

Hot dogs is different than every other competition, because it's the most important of the year. I go through a cycle of eating fast and building my tolerance up.

Deven (New York, NY)

How would you feel if you lost this year's competition?

Joey Chestnut
  (2:28 PM)

It would hurt, but it would give me a reason to come back next year. And I would come back hungrier than ever. It's possible to lose, but highly unlikely.

Greg (Miami)

Are you able to actually enjoy foods or does the competitive eating ruin that for you?

Joey Chestnut
  (2:29 PM)

I love to eat. One of the reasons that I am a great competitor is I love to eat so much. Not only am I really competitive is I love to eat.

Ryan (Dallas)

what's an eating record that you'd like to have but don't yet?

Joey Chestnut
  (2:29 PM)

I'd like to have the hard boiled egg record. Right now it's 63. I really just want it because it's from Cool Hand Luke. He did 50. I'd like to do 100 one day.

Andre (Tallahassee, FL)

What is your least favorite competitive eating food?

Joey Chestnut
  (2:30 PM)

Anything spicy really sucks. I've done jalepeno peppers and poppers. My body was angry for days.

Joey Chestnut
  (2:30 PM)

I did kim chi in Korea. I think it's torture treatment.

Andre (Tallahassee, FL)

What is your worst competitive eating "injury"?

Joey Chestnut
  (2:31 PM)

I bit my finger once. And it really was swollen and filled with pus. It was really gross.

Eshek3 (Mesa, AZ)

would rinsing your mouth, gargling and swallowing oil before the contest help get the doggies down?

Joey Chestnut
  (2:32 PM)

I've tried it all. The best way is to slowly build a tolerance and the night of the contest be empty. I've tried oils, medicines, everything. Very few help if any.

Joey Chestnut
  (2:32 PM)

There are no tricks.

Alex (New York)

Have you ever participated in a sushi eating competition and if so what is your top number of pieces eaten?

Joey Chestnut
  (2:33 PM)

I've never done a competition. I've done a restaurant contest where I did a 4 pound roll in 4 minutes. I hated it because it contains seaweed. Not even animals eat seaweed.

Andrew Z. (Struthers, OH)

What inspired you to take part in competitive eating?

Joey Chestnut
  (2:33 PM)

My little brother made me do my first contests. I thought competitive eating was a little weird, but I fell in love with it.

Ronnie Hartman (High Point , NC)

Hey Joey, First off, good luck this year. I just re-turned from Afghanistan less than a month ago , and tried to qualify for Nathan's in Atlanta, and Medowlands. I went up from 15 in Atlanta, to 231/2 in Medowlands, any advice for someone trying to sit next to you one day on the 4th

Joey Chestnut
  (2:35 PM)

You have to keep a food diary of everything you eat and what you're feeling. Be willing to try different things and figure out what works for you. There are no trainers for competitive eating. All trial and error. Push your body to the limit.

Andrew Z. (Struthers, OH)

Would you have imaged as a kid that you'd be doing this?

Joey Chestnut
  (2:35 PM)

Never. Absolutely unreal.

Joey Chestnut
  (2:35 PM)

But no where else I'd rather be.

Andrew Z. (Struthers, OH)

Does competing on Fourth of July have a special meaning to you?

Joey Chestnut
  (2:36 PM)

Absolutely. It's our Independence Day. It's in New York City. It's something lighthearted that everybody can take a break from everything in the world and take part in an eating contest. It's common ground for everybody.

Keith H (Seattle)

I'm still amazed how you took down that Burrito on Man vs Food. Was it really as easy as you made it look?

Joey Chestnut
  (2:37 PM)

I love their burritos. It's really easy when you love the foods.

travis (lusby,md)

whats the wierdest thing youve ever eaten

Joey Chestnut
  (2:37 PM)

The kimchi in South Korea is definitely the weirdest.

Joey Chestnut
  (2:37 PM)

I also had octopus there, which was odd.

Andrew Z. (Struthers, OH)

What sports do you follow? Favorite teams?

Joey Chestnut
  (2:38 PM)

I like baseball. And I am an A's fan.

Andrew Z. (Struthers, OH)

Have you ever taken part in a corn-on-the-cob eating competition?

Joey Chestnut
  (2:38 PM)

I haven't. I would like to do corn on the cobb. I would like to do vegetables. There are a few fruits and vegetables that I would like to do. Grapes. Celery.

Mari IL [via mobile]

What is the key to become a competetive eater do you start off with alot of local challenges

Joey Chestnut
  (2:39 PM)

I didn't do very many challenges in the beginning. I really enjoy the competitions, eating next to people. I started enjoying pushing my body to the limit at the events.

KEvin (LA)

what would 7 in a row mean?

Joey Chestnut
  (2:40 PM)

It would be great. It erases Kobayashi from the record books.

Joey Chestnut
  (2:40 PM)

Maybe he'll want to come back next year.

Jeff (MN)

Any physical problems that have evolved due to what you do?

Joey Chestnut
  (2:41 PM)

Yeah. I gain weight. I really enjoy eating. It's always a battle.

Joey Chestnut
  (2:41 PM)

But nothing long term. I can usually lose weight pretty quickly.

Joey Chestnut
  (2:41 PM)

Thank you all for your support. If you want to follow me on Twitter, it's @joeyjaws. I really appreciate you. Hopefully you can push me to a new record.