Wednesday, September 09, 2009

The FCI Gets Frank About Fundraising

On September 8, The French Culinary Institute hosted the Second Annual Concours de Chien-Chaud (Hot Dog Contest) in benefit of The Friends of The FCI scholarship fund. Qualifying career students competed in three categories: Best Hot Dog Condiment, Best Hot Dog Beverage, and the Hot Dog Eating Contest, the main event in which students raced to eat a 30-inch hot dog the fastest.

Taking the grand prize, a collection of gift certificates to NYC's finest restaurants, Ian Frankoski inhaled the mega dog (with matching bun) in less than three minutes, beating out 15 other contestants who chowed down on hot dogs made by students from meat provided by La Frieda Meats and rolls baked by students in the International Bread Competition.

In the condiment contest, Sun Jee Lee's BLT hot dog won over chef judges, including Bradford Thompson, Brad Farmerie, Ed Mcfarland, Kee Ling Tong, Mr.Recipe, Michael Salvatore, Mark Pastore, Anne Burrell, Jim Barondess, Fritz Knipschildt, and the Deans: Master Chefs André Soltner, Alain Sailhac, Jacques Pépin, and Jacques Torres.

Voted overwhelmingly by students and chefs in the drinks competition, Julie Baldwin's Taste of Tropic was named the best beverage to accompany a hot dog.

Each student raised at least $50 in order to compete. This year participants more than doubled last year's efforts, raising a total of $11,368 to provide scholarship funding for current students with demonstrated financial need.

Click here to see pictures of the event.

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