"The cuisine is not just to grasp energy. We eat for an experience." For America’s most recognizable competitive eater Joey Chestnut, eating has never given him indigestion. The food enthusiast left his job as construction manager to set the full-time job in competitive eating, which is kinda weird.
In addition, Vallejo-born eater has set the record as an eight-time champ of the Nathan’s Famous Hot Dog Eating Contest on 4 July with victories over 70-plus Nathan’s hot dogs. Besides swallowing hot dogs promptly, Joey also has a good taste of proper cuisine.
All About Joey Chestnut’s Salary & Earnings!
Joey Chestnut, who is a professional competitive eater, has accumulated the net worth of $900 thousand. He mustered the revenue from his full-time job in competitive eating. As per the Forbes Magazine, the annual salary/payroll of Joey is around $200,000 from prize money, sponsorships and public appearances in events. Before accumulating the payrolls as a competitive eater, he earned the fortune from his job in construction management. He worked there till 2011.
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Joey started his career in the world of competitive eating in 2005, at the age of 22. At that time, he was studying at San Jose State. In the championship, he beat the prolific eater Rich LeFevre by eating 6.3 pounds of asparagus in 11.5 minutes. Since then, the 34-years-old competitive eater won numerous prize.
In 2013, Joey became the first person in the 100th year of Nathan’s Hot Dog Eating Contest to hold the record, eating 68 hot dogs. Besides his prominent achievement, he holds 41 more records for ravaging stomach-churning amounts of cuisine.
Unfortunately, Joey lost his number one ranking in 2015, after he lost the competition against Matt Stone in Major League Eating. As of now, he is ranked #2 in the World Number 1 Stonie.
End To An Affair With Wife-To-Be Neslie!
Joey Chestnut, who is a food enthusiast, was in a relationship with sweetheart Neslie Ricasa. The couple was dating each other in 2012. Meanwhile, on 4 July 2014, Joey surprised his girlfriend in front of the mass of audiences with an engagement ring and proposed her to marry him, just a few moments before Nathan's hotdog eating championship started. After then, she accepted his proposal in front of the two giant hotdog mascots.
That day was the biggest day for Joey as he even won Nathan's hotdog eating championship for the seventh time.
Joey Chestnut got down in one knee and proposed Neslie Ricasa with an engagement Nathan's hotdog eating championship starts (Photo:dailymail.co.uk)
While speaking with Dailymail, she expressed her happiness saying that he finally proposed her and felt glad that her boyfriend proposed her before starting the championship. After the engagement, Joey and his fiancée, Neslie were quick to plan their wedding date and were set to get married on 8 May 2015.
Unfortunately, the pair had split from each other before their scheduled wedding date.
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Joey Chestnut’s Family, Height
Born on 25 November 1983 in Vallejo, CA, Joey Chestnut stands at the height of 6 feet 1 inch and weighs around 230 pounds. Talking about his family, he is the son of Merlin Chestnut and Alicia Chestnut. He completed his engineering from San Jose State University.