The 15-time Nathan’s Hot Dog Eating Contest champion ate 44 Raising Cane’s chicken fingers in just five minutes during the chain’s Vegas grand opening, which coincided on Wednesday (July 27), TMZ reports.
But that’s not all, Chestnut apparently kept eating after the clock hit 0:00.
“The environment is as good as the food, and their chicken fingers are the best in the world,” Chestnut said via TMZ.
Chestnut ate 63 hot dogs and buns during his latest victory earlier this month, doing so while on crutches due to a ruptured tendon in his leg and taking down a protester who rushed him during the competition.
During a July 5 appearance on the Pat McAfee Show, Chestnut discussed the now-viral video of himself tackling a protester in a Darth Vader mask all while continuing to chew and swallow the hot dogs and buns.
“It was reaction, just natural instincts,” Chestnut said. “I thought somebody fell into me at first, I didn’t know it was a protester until I saw the mask and it just happened and I wanted to get back into eating.”
“As soon as I grabbed him I realized he was a kid,” Chestnut added. “I was like, ‘oh, this is a kid’ and, I mean, he was vegan so he was really skinny and, so yeah, he fell to the ground and he curled up and I got to get back into it.
Chestnut’s victory marked his seventh consecutive Nathan’s championship and 15th overall.
Last year, Chestnut broke his previous world record of 74 hot dogs and buns eaten set in 2018 by consuming 75.