Joey Chestnut, six-time defending champion of the Nathan's Hot Dog Eating Content, is pictured above in 2012 with a face full of hot dog, a wet bun and a beard of sloppy goo. As far as Nathan's contest photos go, it's a veritable glamour shot. Seems that ramming tens of thousands of calories down one's throat does not produce mantle-worthy portraiture.
Sonya Thomas (2003)
This, just five minutes into the melee.
Eric ‘Badlands’ Booker and then-reigning-champion Takeru Kobayashi (2003)
Someone needs to find the track listing for Badlands' "break yourself with hot dogs" playlist.
Badlands and Kobayashi (2009)
This year, with 50% more hot dog spittle.
Erik “The Red” Denmark (2007)
The "Red" stands for "face full of un-chewed red meat."
Ed Krachie of Queens defends his title (1996)
Meanwhile, Curtis Sliwa tries to choke down shame.
Trying to manipulate his stomach bomb as he nears the 50-dog mark.
Kobayashi after his last victory (2006)
It hurts so good. (It may also hurt very badly.)
Kobayashi and Chestnut after a photo finish (2008)
Kobayashi plays it cool as Chestnut tries a vice grip technique on his hot dog fetus.
Juliet Lee with Thomas (2011)
WHERE DOES IT GO?
Tim "Eater X" Janus with Chestnut (2012)
Early-career Chestnut, Badlands and Kobayashi? (1999)
Nope, it's actually it's their predecessors: real names (from L to R) Frederic Roller, from the Black Forest in Germany; Charles "Hungry" Hardy, a 320-pound Brooklyn corrections officer, and defending champion Hirofumi Nakajima of Japan.
Steve Addicks eyeing then-23-year-old Kobayashi (2003)
Had never seen a face hemorrhage before. Can check that off the list.
Sonya Thomas (2012)
They don't award points for keeping the mouth shut while chewing.
Kobayashi celebrating his victory (2004)
The also-rans cast a gaze downwards, somewhere between intense discomfort and vomiting. Happy 4th.