Thursday, June 17, 2010

Hot Dog Competition: The Wrap Up

Excitement. Exhilaration. Anticipation. Downright frenzy! This only begins to describe the sight of more than a hundred culinary and pastry students, chef-instructors, FCI employees, and general supporters cheering at the 3rd Annual Concours de Chiens Chaud. Signs waved madly and deafening applause could probably be heard downstairs at L’Ecole (the school’s restaurant) as each class rooted for their level’s hot dog eater.



The competition was stiff, and the students seemed to be neck and neck as they chomped and swallowed their house-made hot dogs at breakneck speed. We saw some interesting eating techniques—separating the bun and the dog, dunking enormous hunks into water and gulping them almost whole.

In the end, though, it was the determination, superhuman eating power, and water logging technique of Level 3 culinary student Mina Ayoub that allowed him to finish first, taking home the gold. Congratulations Mina!

Sarah Kornik is a Classic Culinary Arts student graduating in July 2010. She would love to one day open an epicurean luncheonette in her hometown of Montreal. Like all good Montrealers, she can't eat a hot dog without poutine.

Making the day even more momentous were the guest chefs that came out to support the event. Just to name a few, they included: Mark Ladner (Lupa), Johnny Iuzzini (Jean Georges), Anito Lo (Annisa), Jim Leiken (DBGB), and Brad Farmerie (Public). We were also lucky to have FCI deans Jacques Torres, Alain Saillac, André Soltner, as well as many of our chef-instructor in attendance.

Most importantly, the 3rd Annual Concours de Chiens Chaud raised an impressive $7,500 in total for the Friends of the FCI scholarship fund. This needed scholarship gives financially challenged food lovers and aspiring chefs the chance to receive the education they deserve.

Thanks to everyone who organized and participated in the event for making it such a wonderful success!

Sarah Kornik is a Classic Culinary Arts student graduating in July 2010. She would love to one day open an epicurean luncheonette in her hometown of Montreal. Like all good Montrealers, she can't eat a hot dog without poutine.

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