World Champion Joey Chestnut to Defend Bratwurst-Eating Title at Oktoberfest Cincinnati

How many brats is too many brats?

Aug 27, 2018 at 9:57 am
click to enlarge Joey Chestnut (middle) eating brats at Oktoberfest - Photo: Provided
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Joey Chestnut (middle) eating brats at Oktoberfest

Want to watch some dudes inhumanly stuff their faces with bratwurts in the name of competitive glory? Joey "Jaws" Chestnut, a world champion competitive eater, will chow down to defend his bratwurst-eating crown at the 43rd-annual Oktoberfest Zinzinnati (Sept. 21-23).  

Players have 10 minutes to consume (inhale?) as many bratwursts as possible. Imagine: 10 minutes of chewing and swallowing sounds as German music wafts in the background and onlookers slosh their bier. 

George Shea, chair of the Major League Eating, says in a press release that bratwurst "is among the most demanding disciplines on the competitive eating calendar, requiring a combination of jaw strength, hand speed and stomach capacity." 

He adds that the finest will gather in the Queen City to prove their skills in pursuit of the "World Brat Eating Championship title." The eating will commence 2 p.m. Sept. 23 at the Braxton Fass Bar at the corner of Third and Walnut streets downtown. 

Will the currently undefeated Chestnut reign supreme? Or will an underdog rise above the meat sweats to claim the honor? Cynthia Oxley, director of Oktoberfest Zinzinnati, says it the best: "To be the best, you have to eat the wurst." And well, a lot of it. Last year, Chestnut won by decimating 49 brats in 10 minutes, marking it as his eighth straight Cincinnati win. In total, 80,000 brats are consumed at the festival yearly. 

He'll face-up against No. 5-ranked Darron Breeden of Orange, Va; No. 18-ranked George Chiger of  Pocono Pines, Pa.; No. 19-ranked Derek Jacobs of  Vandalia, Ohio; No. 21-ranked Matt Hazzard from Normal, Ill; No. 36-ranked Darrien Thomas from Orillia, Ontario, Canada; and No. 38-ranked Matthew Raible from Peoria, Ill. 

For more information and a schedule of events, visit