July 3, 2020, 12pm
Z-Burger- 4321 Wisconsin Avenue NW, Washington, DC
10 Minute Contest
First Place - Molly Schuyler, Harwood, Maryland - NEW RECORD 35 Burgers
Second Place - Dan “Killer” Kennedy, West Decatur, Pennsylvanis - 34 Burgers
Third Place - Andrew Puhl, Shippenville, Pennsylvania - 25 Burgers
Fourth Place - David "Tiger Wings and Things" Brunelli, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania - 17 Burgers
Firth Place - “Gentleman Joe” Menchetti, Cheshire, Connecticut - 13 Burgers
Sixth Place - “Munchin” Mike Longo, Stafford, Virginia - 10 Burgers
coming off a 4-year retirement on his birthday
First Place: $1,250
Second Place: $750
Third Place: $500
Fourth Place $350
Fifth Place $250
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Molly Schuyler Defends Title, Sets New Record at 11th Annual
Z-Burger Independence Burger Eating Championship Today
Contest Limited to Six Eaters spaced six-feet apart due to COVID-19 restrictions
Molly Schuyler downed a record 35 hamburgers in 10 minutes to capture the 11th Annual Z-Burger Independence Burger Eating Championship earlier today (Friday, July 3) at the Tenleytown Z-Burger in Northwest Washington, D.C., crushing the previous record, of 32 burgers in 10 minutes, which Molly herself set in 2019.
The 40-year-old mother of four from Harwood, Maryland consumed 35 burgers in 10 minutes and pocketed $1,250 for her triumphant feast. Dan “Killer” Kennedy (West Decatur, PA) also surpassed the record set in 2019, with 34 burgers in 10 minutes (thrashing his previous best of 24); BUT, he once again finds himself finishing just behind the now six-time champion, Molly Schuyler.
In fact, the top five finishers ended the afternoon in the same position in which they ended in 2019. Andrew Puhl (Shippenville, PA) takes third place with 25 burgers, while two-time runner-up, David “Tiger Wings and Things” Brunelli (Philadelphia, PA) ate 17 burgers for fourth place, and Joe “Gentleman Joe” Menchetti (Cheshire, CT) was fifth with 13 burgers. Local favorite “Munchin” Mike Longo (Stafford, VA) – who came out of competitive eating retirement for this competition – finished sixth with a respectable 10 burgers, which is pretty good for a man who is out of practice.
Runner-up Kennedy pocketed $750, with $500 to Puhl, $350 for Brunelli and $250 for Gentleman Joe, with Longo taking home Z-Burger gift cards.
“The Z-Burger Independence Day Burger Eating Contest is truly a major event on the competitive food eating landscape, even with the adjustments we had to make this year to comply with COVID-19 parameters,” said founder Peter Tabibian, proprietor of four Z-Burger retail locations and the popular Z-Burger food truck. “We had to trim our field to six competitors to maintain social distancing, and still attracted some of the top professional eaters from around the country. There’s always great anticipation leading up to our event, with inquiries from across the country from many of those within the competitive eating community. They consider us one of the real ‘go-to’ events of the year.”
Champion Schuyler concurred. “I love coming to the Z-Burger contest each year,” she said. “Even with restrictions eliminating the large crowds, the music, the DJ, Peter and my competitors help create a fun and festive atmosphere. I will return in a quest for my seventh title next year.”
While that thought might not thrill the other competitors, there’s no doubt that participants such as Kennedy, Puhl and Brunelli also plan to return, each promising that Molly’s reign is coming to an end.