Competitive-eating:The world’s reigning hamburger-eating champion has triumphed again, setting a new world record for scarfing down a plate piled high with beefburgers.
Molly Schuyler, a 5’7″ mom of four who weighs just 100 lbs, managed to demolish the burgers, a plate of fries and a 20 oz drink at the annual Hwy 55 World Hamburger Eating Competition on Saturday in Raleigh, NC.
Competitive-eating:And not only did the skinny snack-destroyer fend off 12 men for the $2,500 prize, she set a new record of one minute 37 seconds, beating last year’s by 16 seconds, People reported.
Molly Schuyler broke her own world record on Saturday by devouring seven burgers in a minute-and-a-half
Schulyer consumed a total of 5.7 lbs of food and drink to take home the grand prize, and retain her impressive record.
In an interview with People from last year, Schulyer said that her petite size is not unusual in the world of competitive eating.
‘Most people think that a professional eater person – I hate to say it – would be a fat person,’ she said. ‘Most of us are actually very small.
‘Most people either have a really high metabolism, work out a lot, or a combination of both.
‘People think that we’re gross and weird. Most of us have a college education and are very responsible people.’
Competitive-eating:Schulyer, who has also turned her frightening talent for consumption to other foods, including a 2lb ultra-spicy burrito and – on another occasion – 440 chicken wings, was a vegetarian just before she discovered her unique skill.
The 37-year-old is a mother-of-four, weighs just 100lbs and is only 5ft 7in
Thirsty work: Molly takes a much needed water break before finishing her meal
A friend bet her she couldn’t eat a 4.5lb burger; she decided to take on the challenge a year later.
Competitive-eating:Her friend’s doubts disappeared quickly – unlike the burger, which took her a whole 15 minutes to eat.
‘But I was eating really slowly because I didn’t want to seem gross or nasty,’ said Schulyer. ‘Because it’s like, “Oh you’re a girl eating this.”
‘I tried not to get food on my face. People were checking my purse to see if I’d thrown food in there. And I’m just sitting there like, “Really?”‘
Competitive-eating:She began to test her newly discovered talent – she believes it’s a natural gift, like six toes on a cat – up and down the country, entering her first competition in 2013.
After winning $800 in two competitions back to back, she realized she could actually eat competitively full-time.
‘At the time I never saw my family, because my husband and I worked separate shifts so we didn’t have to pay for daycare,’ she said.
‘I could do this and make more money than working my crummy job. Man, I should be doing this. I was making some mad money.’
Competitive-eating:She says her technique is ‘very mechanical’ but ‘Once you get a rhythm down, you cannot stop. You keep going on because if stop you’re done. You lost. If you stop you’re done.’
And despite her strenuous eating, she says she’s in perfect health.
‘I go to the doctor every three-to-six-months to get a check-up,’ she said. ‘There’s been no change since I started eating.’
It helps that she has four children – aged 8, 9, 10 and 13 – to run around after, though.