Check out "The Science of Competitive Eating" video link also.The 61 hot dogs and buns [HDBs] equates to 23,790 calories, 1,189.5 grams of fat, 60,390 milligrams of sodium, 2,245 grams of carbohydrates and 793 grams of protein.
Stonie was quite close this year (he's beat Chestnut in 4 other events the last couple of years, but never in the Nathan's July 4th), with Kobayashi in his own event.
Personally, I have to think the "without buns" makes it less interesting. See http://www.news10.com/story/25933638/ho ... th-contest for the promotional efforts (I can't track down the results yet).Takeru Kobayashi had held the record with six consecutive wins, but in 2010, he refused to sign an exclusive contract with Major League Eating, the food equivalent of the NFL, and was banned from competition.
This year, Kobayashi will compete against five other competitive eaters at a separate event on Fifth Avenue in a quest to down the most hot dogs without buns in 10 minutes.