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Hot-Dog-Eating Contests in Brooklyn, Coconut Grove: The Pros and the Joes

There were two hot-dog-eating competitions of note during yesterday's Fourth of July festivities. One, the 97th annual Nathan's Hot Dog Eating Championships in Coney Island, was attended by tens of thousands of hard-core fans and casual spectators and broadcast on ESPN. Joey "Jaws" Chestnut, the 28 -year-old human python, won his sixth consecutive Nathan's "Mustard Yellow Belt" and $10,000, tying iconic eater Takeru Kobayashi for wins at the annual dog-eating contest.

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Laine Doss is the food and spirits editor for Miami New Times. She has been featured on Cooking Channel's Eat Street and Food Network's Great Food Truck Race. She won an Alternative Weekly award for her feature about what it's like to wait tables.
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