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Joey Chestnut

About Joey Chestnut

Competitive eater who won the 92nd Annual Nathan s Hot Dog Eating Contest and has been ranked first in the world by Major League Eating.

Early life

He studied engineering at San Jose State University.


In 2009 he appeared on Man v. Food where he ate a 5-pound burrito called Iguana s Burritozilla in 3 minutes and 10 seconds.

Family of Joey Chestnut

He proposed to Neslie Ricasa on July 4, 2014, but the couple split before their May 8 wedding date after three years of dating.

Close associates of Joey Chestnut

He and Takeru Kobayashi became two of the top competitive eaters in their era.

Erik Lamkin

About Erik Lamkin

Former anorexic student turned competitive eater and social media personality. He created the YouTube channel ErikTheElectric, to promote awareness on anorexia as well as vlog about competitive eating and recent conquests such as consuming 48,000 calories in less than 48 hours.

Early life

He suffered from anorexia at the age of 18, eating barely 800 calories a day before he was admitted to Rosewood Centres for Eating Disorders in December 2012 until May 2013.


His YouTube channel has accumulated over 1.3 million subscribers as well as 233 million views.

Family of Erik Lamkin

He is originally from San Marcos, California and has two sisters. He became a professional eater at 22 after years of battling anorexia. He shares a channel with his girlfriend Kristie Higgs called The Eletrics.

Close associates of Erik Lamkin

He and Takeru Kobayashi are both competitive eaters.

Furious Pete

About Furious Pete

Canadian vlogger, competitive eater and bodybuilder named Peter Czerwinski and commonly known by his online alias Furious Pete. His YouTube channel has earned over 5 million subscribers. His series Furious World Tour follows him competing in food challenges around the world. 

Early life

He suffered from anorexia as a teenager and credits bodybuilding with helping him cope with his body issues. 


He has set Guinness World Records in several eating categories. Some of his accomplishments include drinking a 750-millilitre bottle of olive oil in 60 seconds and eating an entire raw onion in 43.53 seconds. 

Family of Furious Pete

When he was a teenager, his mother was diagnosed with multiple sclerosis while his father was hospitalized with bipolar disorder. He competed against his fiance Melissa in a burrito challenge video in April 2015. 

Close associates of Furious Pete

He once posted a YouTube video of himself having a push-up contest with prankster Vitaly Zdorovetskiy. 

Matt Stonie

About Matt Stonie

Famous for his participation in Major League Eating events, he earned the title of second-best MLE eater in the world and, as of 2015, held eight world records for competitive eating. In 2013, he ate a five-pound birthday cake in just under nine minutes; a year later, he consumed forty-three Slugburgers in ten minutes.

Early life

He participated in his first Major League Eating competition — the “Stockton Deep Fried Asparagus Championship” — in 2011.


Despite his tremendous capacity for eating large amounts of food quickly, he maintained a low-end healthy weight of 120 pounds in his twenties and studied nutrition at California s Mission College.

Family of Matt Stonie

He was born and raised in San Jose, California alongside his younger brother Morgan.

Close associates of Matt Stonie

He snapped Joey Chestnut s run of eight straight titles at the Nathan s Hot Dog Eating Contest by winning the competition in 2015.

Kevin Strahle

About Kevin Strahle

Well known by the persona The L.A. Beast, he is a professional competitive eater and YouTube personality who posts seemingly impossible eating and drinking challenges to his skippy62able channel, which has earned over 2.6 million subscribers.  

Early life

He played college football at Fordham University and then worked at Pepsi for two years. 


His incredibly unhealthy eating habits began after he realized he could drink an entire gallon of milk without getting sick. One of his earliest accomplishments is eating Fatburger s XXXXXL monster burger. 

Family of Kevin Strahle

He is from Ridgewood, New Jersey and later moved to Los Angeles before settling in Santa Monica, California. He has a sister named Liz. 

Close associates of Kevin Strahle

His butter prank video was featured on Daniel Tosh s Tosh.0.

Sonya Thomas

About Sonya Thomas

Korean-American competitive eater known as “The Black Widow” who holds numerous eating records at events like the Nathan s Hot Dog Eating Contest. She is notable for her small stature for a competitive eater, standing at 5 5″ and weighing less than 100 pounds.

Early life

She was born in Gunsan, South Korea and emigrated to the United States in 1996.


She set a world record by eating 11 pounds of cheesecake in 9 minutes.

Family of Sonya Thomas

She is one of four children born to her parents.

Close associates of Sonya Thomas

She and Joey Chestnut are two of the most famous competitive eaters in the world.