Forget being the most dominant competitive eater in the world, Joey Chestnut is the greatest athlete in the United States right now – sorry Tom Brady, Alex Ovechkin, LeBron James and Mike Trout. We’ve seen the 36-year-old spend the last 15 years not only winning the Nathan’s Hot Dog Eating Contest 12 times but also setting all sorts of world records, from eating 82 tacos in eight minutes, 25.5 ice cream sandwiches in six minutes and 15 bowls of gumbo in eight minutes. So, how does Chestnut enjoy a cheat day – well, by eating 32 McDonald’s Big Macs, of course.
Added to the list of dozens of ridiculous world records for the California native this week was 32 of America’s iconic burger in one sitting, which Chestnut woofed down in an unbelievable 38 minutes. For those of you wondering, that equates to about 18,016 calories, or about 15.36 pounds of food. The average American consumes a little over 3,600 calories on any given day. Not to be questioned by potential naysayers, he even made sure to eat all of the lettuce that fell out onto the plate with a fork during the process, so it was official. Chestnut accomplished the feat back on Feb. 13 but released a lengthy video highlighting the record this week, proving there’s no limit to how much he can eat. The previous Big Mac record was 30.
The price of a Big Mac is $3.99, so it would’ve cost Chestnut $127.68, before leaving a tip, for the Uber Eats order. Chestnut mentions in the video that he’s always wanted to do it, since he was a child.
“I remember being a little kid and they would sell two Big Macs for $4 and me and my grandpa would get four of them. And I’d end up eating three,” he says while shoveling them in. “And this is bringing me back to being a kid. Me and my grandpa would go back to the same McDonald’s every time. And it’s crazy, when I drive by that McDonald’s I still kinda just think about it. I think about all of the times I was there with my grandpa and it’s weird the way that food takes you back and helps you remember things. With Big Macs, I definitely remember my grandpa.”
Imagine that feeling from eating one Big Mac and now multiply that by 32. That’s something we wouldn’t wish on anyone, not even our enemies. There’s been no comment from McDonald’s on social media at this point but we’d have to imagine some sort of congratulatory post is coming.