Joey Chestnut TASTES DEFEAT — Out-Eaten In World Gyoza Championships

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Joey Chestnut — perhaps the greatest competitive eater in the history of food — had a giant helping of DEFEAT at the World Gyoza Eating Championships this weekend … and our sources was there for the whole thing.

Chestnut — the reigning Gyoza eating champion (266 in 2012) — was chewed up and spit out by 21-year-old eating prodigy Matt Stonie … the #4-ranked eater on Planet Earth.

It all went down at the Japanese American Cultural and Community Center in L.A. … where Chestnut stomached 251 gyozas and Stonie threw down 268!!!!

After the competition, Stonie told our sources he plans to fart a lot this week — “It”s competitive eating. What do you expect”

As for Chestnut — who still holds titles in hot dogs and chicken wings — he said, “I just didn”t find my rhythm and Stonie came out hungry.”

Never one to lack confidence, Chestnut added — “I”ll be back next year. I”ll win it.”