Can eating champ Joey Chestnut beat Matt Stonie's record of 103 tacos?

Written by La Bamba Radio 101. Posted in Entertainment

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Joey Chestnut, right, who retook the Nathan’s hot dog eating title on the Fourth of July, will try to beat a taco record set last year by rival Matt Stonie, at left. (Photo by Eric Thayer/Getty Images)

SAN JOSE — It’s been a month and a half since competitive eater Joey Chestnut scarfed down 70 hot dogs to retake the Nathan’s Coney Island title on the Fourth of July.

He should be hungry enough by now for several dozen tacos, right?

Organizer Jorge Sanchez confirmed Thursday that the champ will compete this Saturday, Aug. 20, in the Chacho’s Taco Festival contest. The festival, sponsored by the Chacho’s restaurant group, will run from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. at St. James Park in downtown San Jose.

With San Jose resident Chestnut in the contest, spectators will want to arrive early for the 2 p.m. eat-off featuring 10 competitors from as far away as New Jersey and New Orleans. The event is sanctioned by Major League Eating.

The number to beat is 103. And although the contestants probably will be eating too quickly to appreciate the ingredients, these tacos will be filled with grilled carne asada and topped with cilantro and tomatoes. Each street-sized taco weighs 2 ounces.

That Chacho’s record of 103 was set by Chestnut rival Matt Stonie, also of San Jose, at last year’s inaugural festival. (Chestnut did not compete in that contest, and Stonie will not be at this year’s.)

Normal eaters attending the festival can buy tacos and other food from a number of vendors — Tacos al Carbon, Cielito Lindo, Fish Taco, BBQ Kalbi, Just Mix Eat, Aghas, Tchuvis, Franci Cakes, Cookies N Cream, Ortega Produce — as well as tacos from two Chacho’s booths.

Details: Festival admission is $10; kids 12 and under get in free.

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