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Chestnut gets engaged, chows his way to another hot dog title

Joey Chestnut, left, and Matt Stonie compete at the Nathan's Famous Fourth of July International Hot Dog Eating contest at Coney Island on Friday. Reigning champion Chestnut won his eighth contest by finishing 61 hot dogs and buns. (John Minchillo/The Associated Press)
Joey Chestnut, left, and Matt Stonie compete at the Nathan's Famous Fourth of July International Hot Dog Eating contest at Coney Island on Friday. Reigning champion Chestnut won his eighth contest by finishing 61 hot dogs and buns. (John Minchillo/The Associated Press)
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High-ranking chowhound Joey "Jaws" Chestnut dropped to one knee and proposed to his longtime girlfriend before Friday's annual hot dog eating contest, then packed away 61 franks and buns to hold onto his coveted mustard yellow winner's belt. The San Jose, California, man fell far short of his record last year of 69 dogs and buns, but he still easily beat second-place finisher Matt Stonie, also of San Jose, who downed just 56. Chestnut, 30, ...


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