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The nation鈥檚 best eating contest is right here in the District

Experience Z-Burger鈥檚 annual Independence Day Burger Eating Championship

What if we told you the best Fourth of July-themed eating competition wasn鈥檛 in New York, but right here in the nation鈥檚 capital?

In today鈥檚 episode of 鈥淢att About Town,鈥 今日看料鈥檚 Matt Kaufax brought his buns, and his appetite, over to Z-Burger on Wisconsin Avenue in Northwest D.C., to experience the spectacle of the burger joint鈥檚 annual Independence Day Burger Eating Championship!

The competition is in its 15th year and counting, and winners from this year鈥檚 contest split $6,000 in prize money. But that number isn’t the one that will baffle you.

Matt spoke with Z-Burger owner Peter Tabibian, who told him the restaurant goes through 5,000 patties 鈥 about 500 pounds of beef 鈥 on a day like this.

Matt also got a chance to see champion eaters up close, including Maryland resident Molly Schuyler, the No. 1 ranked independent competitive eater in the world.

Despite her small frame, Molly has broken eating records across the U.S., and set her sights on a record 10th Z-Burger championship this year.

Competition was stiff, but as Matt found, the amount of burgers contestants like Molly can eat in 10 minutes will shock you.

Come along with him for the wild ride, and check out his video, as he celebrates Independence Day in the most savory of ways.

If you want to learn more about Molly, and find out how the Maryland mom of four continues to shatter the record books, you can follow her YouTube channel, You can also follow her on .

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