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The best burger "smiles"

DUBUQUE (KWWL) -- how does a big juicy burger for breakfast sound? They were coming off the grill at 7:00 in the morning in Dubuque Wednesday.

Bright and early -- six cooks faced off for the Red Robin Smiling Burger Regional Championship. The six competitors all won at their home restaurants to get a spot here.

The judging is pretty intense.

It's about seasoning on the patty, proper cheese positioning, keeping the bun intact, the weight of the fries in the basket -- and of course -- making sure the burger *smiles*. That means showing all the ingredients.

Manuel Enriquez ended up winning Wednesday morning's contest. He'll go to the next level of competition in Colorado next month. He's hoping to get a spot in the national finals in Orlando for a 4,000 dollar prize.

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