Monday, May 21, 2012

Hot Dog Competition

By Kirby Preroff

Dear Students,

The International Culinary Center will be holding its fifth annual Hot Dog Eating Contest this Wednesday, May 23 from 3:30 – 5:30. This is and will be a fun and exciting day for The International Culinary Center and will give students the opportunity to compete with and against various Chefs and against each other. While the hot dog-eating competition is considered the main event, there are also three other events and opportunities for students to participate, win prizes and raise money for the school.

The Main Event will feature competitors represented by each class level in a race for hot dog glory. Each student will be tasked with eating a 30-inch hot dog. Note that the hot dogs and buns are made in-house so any volunteers to help prep these are much appreciated. The winner of the hot dog-eating contest will not only earn the title of “International Culinary Center Hot Dog Champion of 2012” but also receive gift certificates to various establishments throughout New York City.

New to this year’s event is the Spicy Dog Quick-Fire Challenge. To be eligible, students must apply with Chef Jeff Butler and then selected students will be paired with a Chef Instructor. The student/chef pairs will create a recipe using Sabrett spicy hot dogs and will compete against other for the best recipe. The winner of this challenge will receive a free three-day charcuterie class at The International Culinary Center.

Also new to this year’s competition will be a beverage challenge. The goal of this challenge is to create a non-alcoholic beverage that would pair well with a Sabrett hot dog. Students are allowed to use any ingredients as long as they are non-alcoholic. The winner of this challenge will receive a Blendtec Blender.

Finally, there will be a fourth competition geared towards each of the six levels of the Culinary Arts career program at The International Culinary Center. Each class will compete to raise money for The Friends of FCI scholarship fund. This fund directly benefits International culinary Center students through emergency funding for students, enabling students to continue their education in times of financial need. The class level that raises the most amount of money in this competition will receive a private in-class demonstration with Chef Josh Capon of Lure Fishbar and B&B Winepub and Chef Pat LaFrieda of LaFrieda Wholesale Meat Purveyors. Students are urged to come up with fun, innovative and creative ways to raise money for this essential fund that benefits fellow students.

The Hot Dog Eating Contest, May 23rd 3:30 – 5:30, is a fantastic opportunity not only for The International Culinary Center students to get involved and participate with Chefs in an out-of-classroom atmosphere, but also an amazing opportunity to give back and raise money. For any questions, comments, or concerns please contact Chef Jeff Butler at

Kirby Preroff is a current student in Classic Culinary Arts, Level 4.

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