Joey Chestnut, the world's most successful competitive eater, with 66 Nathan's Famous hot dogs and a gallon of water at Coney Island, New York City. (From the book What I Eat: Around the World in 80 Diets.) This represents what Joey ate (and drank) in 12 minutes on July 4, 2007, to claim the title of world champion hot dog eater. The 66 hot dogs weighed 14.5 pounds and totaled 19,602 calories. MODEL RELEASED.