Nathan’s Famous Hot Dog Eating Contest at New York-New York

Apr 24, 2011 7:44 AM

If the Kentucky Derby is "the fastest two minutes in sports," then Nathan’s Famous Hot Dog Eating Contest is "the fastest 10 minutes in eating."

"It’s the first time in the 14 years here that we had it on a Saturday and it worked out great," said Vinnie The Man, spokesman for New York- New York Hotel & Casino which again hosted the Las Vegas event on the Brooklyn Bridge.

Shawn "Flash" Gordon was the champion, downing 30 hot dogs in 10 minutes. Adrian Morgan was second with 27 and Stephanie Torres third with 23. Torres, who set a women’s record for the LV event, will join Gordon and Morgan at Coney Island for the 95th annual Nathan’s Fourth of July International Hot Dog Eating Contest in Brooklyn, NY.

"The most fun is the Employee competition," Vinnie said. "I know many of the people who participate and the bantering that goes on is pretty intense. But it’s all for fun and a lot of money is raised for charity."

In the prelims, Las Vegas Metro edged out Nellis Air Force Base and the Fire Department in the Heroes’ Event, while New York-New York defeated Bellagio to win the Employee competition.

The hot dog eating circuit annually begins in Las Vegas and visits more than a dozen cities before the July 4 final at Coney Island, which will be televised on ESPN. Last year’s telecast drew an audience of 1.7 million viewers.

Joey Chestnut of San Jose, CA holds the world record for eating 68 Nathan’s Famous Hot Dogs and Buns in 10 minutes. Chestnut will seek his fifth straight title this year.