I had read about the hot dog eating contest shortly after joining Level 1 of Culinary. Surely this was a typo, as there is nothing français about a hot dog, and we are all at this school to become fine French chefs embellishing conversations with fancy French words, RIGHT?
I soon learned that I was not only wrong but also delusional about the contest and my perception of the school. First, credible sources confirmed that the school will be serving up 30-inch hot dogs (and, yes, size does count), and, second, the school rocks both worlds, be it glamour or street. This sounded exciting, and I decided to shed my short lived "pseudo culinary wannabe-ism" and join in the fun.
If you haven’t noticed, there is a lot of locker and classroom conversations about this event, and if you haven’t been part of it, wake up and get on board. It will be hilarious to see the most likely and some not so likely individuals gorge themselves on les chiens chauds.
But eating is not the only place where our competitive spirit will prevail. It’s a package deal, as there is also a beverage and a hot dog condiment contest! As I am covering the beverage part of the event, my eavesdropping skills are being put to good use, and let me tell you, there are some pretty mind-blowing beverages coming your way.
I am sure you will all join me in wishing our comrades bon courage, and may our "hot doggers" be blessed with a large appetite and a fast metabolism on Monday!
Saira Malhotra is a Classic Culinary Arts student graduating in August 2011. She hopes to pursue a career in food television and has a food blog at: www.passportpantry.com. Her favorite way to eat a hot dog is fully loaded with jalapeños, hot sauce, and a squeeze of Dijon mustard.