Who is Joey Chestnut’s ex-fiancée Neslie Ricasa?

JOEY Chestnut is widely known for dominating the annual Nathan’s Hot Dog Eating Contest since 2007.

As the 2023 contest draws closer, fans are keen to know more about Chestnut’s personal life.

Joey Chestnut is a performance eater from Fulton County, Kentucky


Joey Chestnut is a performance eater from Fulton County, KentuckyCredit: EPA/Justin Lane

Who is Joey Chestnut?

Joey Chestnut is an exercise eater who was born on November 25, 1983 in Fulton County, Kentucky.

In 2005, Chestnut made his debut when he defeated Rich LeFevre in an asparagus-eating championship.

That same year, the Kentucky native entered Nathan’s Hot Dog Eating Contest for the first time, where he placed third.

Two years later, Chestnut emerged as the winner of the hot dog contest, beating Takeru Kobayashi, who had a six-year winning streak.

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For years, starting in 2007, Chestnut was the victor until he was defeated by Matt Stonie in 2015.

The following year, Chestnut redeemed himself at the 2016 Hot Dog Eating Contest.

He has retained that title to this day and has won 15 titles.

On July 4, 2023, during the annual event, competitive fans will gather to see if Chestnut earns his 16th victory.

Who is his ex-fiancée Neslie Ricasa?

Neslie Ricasa is currently a Financial Analyst at Thomas Foods International.

Ricasa earned a bachelor’s degree in accounting from San Jose State University.

Before graduating, Ricasa worked as an accounting assistant for EK Health Services in August 2014.

The following year she held the same position at Star Elevator before moving to her current company.

Joey Chestnut proposed to his longtime girlfriend Neslie Ricasa during the annual Nathan's Famous Hot Dog Eating Contest in 2014


Joey Chestnut proposed to his longtime girlfriend Neslie Ricasa during the annual Nathan’s Famous Hot Dog Eating Contest in 2014Photo credit: Getty Images

When did you break up?

Joey Chestnut and Neslie Ricasa began dating in 2011.

The two dated for three years before Chestnut popped the question ahead of the 2014 Nathan’s Hot Dog Eating Contest.

They remained engaged and had plans to marry the following year, but the two split before their big day.

Ricasa is currently married to her current husband, Drew Fly. Together they have two children and live in their house in San Jose.


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