Top-rated professional eater Joey Chestnut broke a new world record for the sport when he ate 32 servings of popcorn — 24 ounces each — in 8 minutes.
Chestnut, famous for his 15 wins in the annual Nathan’s Hot Dog Eating Contest in New York, took on the popcorn eating challenge at Victory Field in Indianapolis before a Minor League Baseball game between the Indianapolis Indians and Rochester Red Wings.
Chestnut downed 32 of the 24-ounce servings of popcorn in the allotted 8 minutes, beating the record of 28.5 servings, which was set in Las Vegas in 2021.
“I’ll be drinking water,” Chestnut told WISH-TV of his strategy ahead of the attempt. “One hand is going to be gripping the right side handful, squeezing it just enough. One chew in my mouth, and a sip of water to chug it down. Maybe a couple of chews toward the end of the contest. My throat’s going to be tired so I’m going to have to chew a little bit more. I might have to drink a bit more water. It’s going to be a battle.”
The popcorn eating challenge marks Chestnut’s 50th competitive eating world record.