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The Economics of Competitive Eating


How much of an impact do commodity prices have on the sport of competitive eating? We speak to the best eaters in the game to find out.

On July 4th, Joey "Jaws" Chestnut captured his fifth Nathan's Famous mustard-yellow belt, once again besting a field of the globe's finest competitive eaters by downing 62 hot dogs in ten minutes.

As someone who holds world eating records in: asparagus, chicken wings, funnel cake, grilled cheese sandwiches, gyoza, gyros, hamburgers, horseshoe sandwiches, jalapeno poppers, Philly cheesesteaks, Pizza Hut P'Zones, pork ribs, pulled pork, salt potatoes, shrimp wontons, and of course, hot dogs, we sat down with Chestnut himself to find out what effect rising commodity prices have on the sport of competitive eating.

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