Wienie me this: An L.A. person in the Coney Island Hot Dog eating contest?


We could find out Sunday.

The Nathan’s Famous Hot Dog Eating circuit comes to the South Bay for a contest that will declare a male and female division winner at the California Hot Dog Eating Champion and an automatic qualifer for the annual Fourth of July event at Coney Island, N.Y., televised by ESPN.

The Nathan’s stand at 5050 W. Rosecranz in Hawthorne, off the 405 Freeway, will host the competition at 2 p.m.


Christine Kitchenmaster, listed as a former beauty pageant winner from Simi Valley, is among the female competitors. She finished second in a qualifier last April in Las Vegas.

Kitchenmaster, 49, is a stand-up comedian who swam at Cleveland High in Reseda and was once apart of the Hollywood Starlets, a Harlem Globetrotters-type women’s
softball team that played exhibition fund-raising games against men’s teams.

Matt Stonie, a 120-pounder from Sann Jose — the hometown of five-time winner and world record holder Joey Chestnut — comes in as the men’s favorite after winning several events in the Major League Eating competition. Damon Wells of Orange and Kevin Ross of Temecula, both ranked in the top 30, will also be in the mix.

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