Joey Chestnut has accomplished many extraordinary things with his stomach. At the tender age of 36, the California native has already claimed records for demolishing hot dogs, chicken wings and Twinkies, leaving the rest of the professional competitive eating industry green with jealousy and indigestion.
In fact, so successful has Chestnut been that he has set an astonishing 46 separate world records in the field of food - a “world record of world records”, according to Major League Eating. Now, in the early months of 2020, there are signs that he has completed number 47.
In a video posted to his popular YouTube channel, a jovial Chestnut can be seen unwrapping and scoffing an astonishing 32 McDonald’s Big Macs in just 38 minutes. The extraordinary clip, which has the compelling horror of peak-era David Lynch, has already been seen almost half a million times by fans, most of whom seem to be a confusing blend of disgusted and impressed.
Check out the incredible clip here:
Although the optics are genuinely jaw-dropping, it’s when you delve into the detail of Chestnut’s video that the achievement becomes truly extraordinary. The entire challenge involves San Jose State University alma mater eating over 18,000 calories and 15lbs of burgers in the same time it takes to make a quick dinner. For context, the recommended male calorie intake is around 17,000 per week.
In the description of the video, Chestnut provided some background to the challenge, writing:
“Since being a kid, I've dreamt about eating as many Big Macs as I could. As the ultimate cheat day event, I ordered 32 Big Mac® sandwiches from Uber Eats and recorded the experience. According to McDonald’s, the Big Mac® features two 100 percent pure beef patties and Big Mac® sauce sandwiched between a sesame seed bun. It’s topped off with pickles, crisp lettuce, onions and American cheese for a 100 percent beef burger with a taste like no other.
“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. I’d end up eating three. 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 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.”
In a final f*ck you to the rest of the competitive eating industry, he shared a video from rival Matt Stonie’s channel, which featured Stonie consuming a paltry 25 Big Macs. The king is dead. Long live the king.