Getting Messy at the Z-Burger Eating Championship

Z-Burger held its third annual Burger Eating Championship on Friday, with 15 people looking to win $5,500 worth of cash and food prizes.

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Z-Burger in Tenleytown held its third annual burger eating competition Friday afternoon. Fifteen competitors, both amateurs and pros, had 10 minutes to eat as many burgers as possible.
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"Mouth of South" gears up.
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Owner of the Tenleytown Z-Burger Peter Tabibian (R) said he changed up the style this year and made the burgers slightly bigger.
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Contestants were given a certain amount of time at the start to unwrap the burgers.
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Joe "Gentleman" Menchetti chows down.
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People were advised not to get too close to the competition table, or they were about to get messy.
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Om nom nom...
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Ten down -- how many more to go?
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Spectators received free burgers by saying the password "Grilled to Perfection," the chain's slogan.
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People took a break from work to watch the competition.
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David "Tiger Wings and Things" Brunelli contended he had won the competition, saying he had eaten 17 burgers -- but he was disqualified because he couldn't hold down all his burgers.
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Pete "Furious Pete" Czerwinski and Dale "Mouth of South" Boone tied for first place. They then participated in an eat-off, where they had a minute to eat as many burgers as they could to determine the final winner.
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They succumbed to the crowd's "Hug!" chants, but the two finalists got into a heated exchange when Czerwinski said Boone cheated by leaving parts of a burger in a water cup.
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"Furious Pete" won the burger competition for the third year in a row, eating 17 burgers in total. (Last year he set the record at 23). He received $1,750 in cash and $750 in Z-Burger tokens.
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...Anyone still up for a free burger?
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Menchetti, who came in third place, ate 10 burgers. He won $400 in cash and another $400 in Z-Burger vouchers.
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"Munchin Mike" (L) and 19-year-old "T-Bone" (R) tied for fifth place. They each took home 100 bucks in cash and another hundred in burger tokens.
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