Michael "The Scholar" DeVito (born 1961) is a competitive eater and hot dog eating champion, and three-time winner of the Nathan's Hot Dog Eating Contest (in 1990, 1993 and 1994). "Mr. DeVito ate 20 hot dogs yesterday at the annual July 4th hot dog-eating contest on Coney Island, assuring him victory for the fourth time in five years." DeVito is 6 feet 2 inches and weighs just over 200 pounds (pre-competition). He set a personal best, eating 20 hot dogs, buns included, in the standard 12-minute competition period. DeVito, who goes by "Mike" when not competitive eating, uses "The Scholar" moniker during competitions; he "earned his nickname because of his scholarly approach to the game of champions."
DeVito is a resident of Manalapan Township, New Jersey.
He also works as an accountant.
- "Chronicle". New York Times. July 5, 1994.
- Strunsky, Steve. "HOT DIGGITY! DOG DIGGITY! -- FAME; Eating His Way to the Top", The New York Times, May 24, 1998. Accessed June 20, 2011. "Michael DeVito, 36, of Manalapan, won five straight state championships, from 1992 to 1996, in competitions sponsored by that hallowed wiener institution, Nathan's. He is also a three-time world champion -- 1990, 1993 and 1994 -- in the contest held every Fourth of July at the Nathan's on Surf Avenue in Coney Island."
- "At Nathan's, the sign of the times is a whitewash of history!". New York Post. June 2, 2010.