Joey Chestnut
Joey Chestnut
Real Name/Full Name Joseph Christian Chestnut
Nick Name/Celebrated Name: Joey Chestnut
Birth Place: Fulton County, Kentucky, U.S.
Date Of Birth/Birthday: 25 November 1983
Age/How Old: 40 years old
Height/How Tall: In Centimetres – 185 cm
In Feet and Inches – 6′ 1″
Weight: In Kilograms – 104 Kg
In Pounds – 230 lbs
Eye Color: Blue
Hair Color: Brown
Parents Name: Father – Merlin Chestnut
Mother – Alicia Chestnut
Siblings: Yes (5 siblings – 3 brothers and two sisters)
School: Vallejo High School
College: San Jose State University
Religion: Christian
Nationality: American
Zodiac Sign: Sagittarius
Gender: Male
Sexual Orientation: Straight
Marital Status: Single
Girlfriend: N/A
Wife/Spouse Name: N/A
Kids/Children Name: N/A
Profession: Professional competitive eater with Major League Eating and a construction engineer
Net Worth: $2 million
Last Updated: July 2024

Best known for holding the first position in the Major League Eating, Joey Chestnut is a renowned professional competitive eater. When it comes to buns and hot dogs, no one seems his match. So far, he has made and broken his records in various eating competitions. For instance, he was the winner of the 2020 Nathan’s Famous Dog-Eating Contest. The interesting part is the margin between him and the 1st runners up.

He is most probably used to winning the Mustard Yellow Belt as well, having won it 13 times in 14 years. This particular 2020 contest was interesting since, besides emerging on top, he earned a cash prize of $10000 and won the Yellow Belt. In addition to cash prizes and recognition, he is also famous with a considerable net worth.

Well, how well do you know about Joey Chestnut? If not much, we have compiled all you need to know about Joey Chestnut’s net worth in 2024, his age, height, weight, wife, kids, biography and complete details about his life. Well, if you’re all set, here is what we know about Joey Chestnut to date.

Biography and Early Life

Joey Chestnut was born Joseph Christian Chestnut. He was born in 1983 0n 25th November, and his hometown is Fulton County, Kentucky. Although their names remain unknown up to date, Chestnut was born together with his five siblings. The family of six children has four boys and two girls. Were it not for his brother; there are high chances that Joey wouldn’t have followed this career path. After all, it is his younger brother who entered him into an eating contest in 2005.

Age, Height, Weight & Body Measurement

So, how old is Joey Chestnut in 2024 and what is his height and weight? Well, Joey Chestnut’s age is 40 years old as of today’s date 16th July 2024 having been born on 25 November 1983. Though, he is 6′ 1″ in feet and inches and 185 cm in Centimetres tall, he weighs about 230 lbs in Pound and 104kg in Kilograms.


Joey Chestnut attended Vallejo High School. Upon graduating, he joined San Jose State University to further his studies. He pursued construction engineering and graduated in 2012.

Personal Life: Dating, Girlfriends, Wife, Kids

As of now, there is no record of Joey Chestnut dating someone. That doesn’t come as a surprise, given how his last public relationship went down. After dating for quite a long time, he decided to pop the big question to his long-term girlfriend. Interestingly, Neslie Ricasa said yes when Chestnut proposed.

The proposal took place in 2014, right before Joey contested in that year’s Nathan’s competition defending his title. However, for reasons only known to them, the planned wedding didn’t push through. They broke up at the beginning of 2015.

Is Joey Chestnut Gay?

The sexual orientation of Joey Chestnut is straight. After all, he once dated a beautiful lady by the name of Neslie Ricasa for a relatively long time. Therefore, he is not gay. On the other hand, he has never been involved with another man, which means that he is also not bisexual.

Professional Career

Joey Chestnut’s first eating competition was in 2005 while he was still a student at the San Jose State University. It was a great start since he finished 6.3 pounds of asparagus in less than 12 minutes, defeating a renowned competitive eater Rich LeFevre. That same year during the Nathan’s Hot Dog Eating Contest, Chestnut was third after Sonya Thomas and Takeru Kobayashi.

In 2007 on 4th July, he won his first Nathan’s Hot Dog Eating Contest. It was such a great win since he defeated Takeru Kobayashi, who had defended that same title six times. Equally important, he set a new record, having eaten 66 hot dogs and buns within 12 minutes.

Ever since this first win, he won the title 8 consecutive times.  Unfortunately, he failed to defend his title in 2015 and lost to Matt Stonie. He accepted the challenge and tried harder the following year. Consequently, he won in 2016. Since then, he has defended his title, and in 2020, he broke the previous record and set a new one, 75 hot dogs and buns in 12 minutes.

He has competed in other contestants such as Wing Bowl XV, the Krystal Square Off World Hamburger Eating Championship, the World Grilled Cheese Eating Contest, Harrah’s Pulled Pork Eating Championship, and the Kolache Factory World Kolache Eating Championship.

Others include the Myrtle Beach World BBQ Eating Championship, the Kings Dominion World Funnel Cake Championship, the Taco Bell Why Pay More Soft Taco Challenge, and the World CheeseSteak Eating Championship, just but to mention a few.


So far, Joey Chestnut has held many world records. In 2006, he held some of the including 47 Grilled cheese sandwich in 10 minutes, 5 oz of Horseshoe sandwich in 10 minutes, 110 Jalapeno poppers in 10 minutes, and 6 oz of pulled pork in 10 minutes. The following year, he managed to eat 182 chicken wings in 30 minutes, 45 pulled pork sandwiches in 10 minutes, 56 kolaches in 8 minutes, and 103 Krystal hamburgers within a similar period.

2019’s records include 28 lbs of poutine within 10 minutes, 82 Carnitas tacos in 8 minutes, 61.5 pork roll sandwiches in 10 minutes, 6.5 pizza slices in 10 minutes, 28.5 Canteen sandwiches within 10 minutes, 43 pepperoni rolls within 10 minutes, and 185 croquettes within 10 minutes. In 2020, he not only ate 32 Big Macs in not more than 38 minutes but also won the Nathan’s Hot Dog Eating Contest, having eaten 75 hot dogs and buns within 10 minutes.

The bottom line is that Joey Chestnut is good at what he does, and the list is quite long.

Net Worth, Salary & Earnings of Joey Chestnut in 2024

Joey Chestnut Net Worth
Joey Chestnut Net Worth

As of 2024, Joey Chestnut estimated net worth is approximately $2 million. His main source of income is his career as a professional competitive eater. He has been doing that since 2005, which is almost two decades down the line. Within that period, he has been a contestant and has emerged as the winner in most cases. These wins come with cash prizes, and that’s how Joey Chestnut has amassed his current net worth.

Going by the story of Joey Chestnut, especially how he makes money, it becomes evident that income-generating ventures are everywhere. Can you just imagine getting paid for eating? However, it isn’t as simple as it sounds. It has taken him some time and effort. Consequently, he has turned out to be famous, and his net worth is also considerable.


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