- Title: 34 burgers in 10 minutes! A tie in Washington's eating contest
- Date: 2nd July 2021
- Summary: BAND PLAYING BEFORE THE CONTEST VARIOUS OF CONTESTANTS BEFORE THE CONTEST AS THE AMERICAN ANTHEM IS HEARD PLAYING
- Embargoed: 16th July 2021 18:49
- Keywords: Dan Killer Kennedy Molly Schuyler Z-Burgerâ€™s Annual Independence Burger Eating Championship ZBurger eating contest food eating contest
- Location: WASHINGTON, D.C., UNITED STATES
- City: WASHINGTON, D.C., UNITED STATES
- Country: USA
- Topics: Human Interest/Brights/Odd News,Society/Social Issues,United States
- Reuters ID: LVA002EK5GMRR
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- Story Text:The reigning queen of Washington, D.C.'s annual July 4 burger eating contest had to share her championship trophy and belt on Friday (July 2) with last year's second-place winner, as the two each ingested 34 burgers in 10 minutes.
Molly Schuyler, a mother of four from California, managed to down the 34 burgers (just one shy of her record of 35) during the Annual Independence Burger Eating Championship hosted by local fast-food chain Z-Burger.
Her annual nemesis, fellow professional eater Dan 'Killer' Kennedy of Pennsylvania, also scarfed down 34 burgers on Friday, placing the two in a tie.
The two posed for the media after the contest, holding their shared trophy and wrapping a champion's belt around both their waists like conjoined twins.
When asked how it felt to share the top slot this year, Schuyler replied "I don't care". When asked how it felt to reach the "upper echelon" of the competition next to the reigning champion, Kennedy simply said he felt "full."
In total, fourteen of the nation's top independent 'professional eaters' and local Washington area contestants squared off to see who could stomach the most burgers in the allotted ten-minute timeframe, as they competed for $4,350 in prize money, including the grand prize of $1,750 cash.
Once the ten minutes were over, contestants still had to wait another two minutes for judges to make sure they will actually hold in the enormous volume of food ingested.
A small but enthusiastic crowd usually turns out each year to observe the annual Independence Day spectacle, as well as to indulge in a free burger afterward.
Washington's local burger eating contest comes ahead of Nathan's hot dog eating contest in New York -- a much more highly publicized contest and the main competitive eating event of the July 4th holiday.
(Production: Mana Rabiee)
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