Nathans famous hot dog eating contest attracts an international list of contestants, two competitive eaters explain their training processes
Competitive eaters from around the world will converge on Coney Island on Monday, for one of the sports most prized events: Nathans Famous Fourth of July international hot dog eating contest.
The spectacle involves around 20 contestants shoving dozens of hot dogs down their mouths in under 10 minutes. Last year saw the eight-time champion Joey Chestnut unseated by rising star Matt Stonie.
From its origins in small pie eating contests at county fairs, competitive eating has grown exponentially. The Nathans contest is now broadcast nationally on ESPN.
Zisser, a 24-year old model and pre-med student, started in her native New Zealand when her mother suggested she enter a pizza-eating contest. She made it to the final round, beating 19 burly men. Last year, a New Zealand comedy show sponsored her trip to New York to compete at Nathans. Since then, she has been sponsored by Major League Eating.
Salem started competitive eating seven years ago, to see if he get on TV. It turned into a four-year joke on me, he said.
He ended up training for four years to master the art and is now ranked No8 in the world, holding records for Corn on the Cob and The Tour De Donut.