I was the appointed chef wrangler and grill mistress. This meant that I had to get everything set up for the chefs, get them onto and off of the grills and to their serving stations. I found myself running inside for beers, wiping up all sorts of messy toppings and flinging handfuls of (hardwood) charcoal onto the six-foot long grills.
I was very impressed with the creative dishes our valiant chefs prepared. There were major departures from the traditional hot dog, like a homemade ravioli stuffed with hot dogs, and a "veggie" dog that was a grilled banana topped with marshmallow fluff, chocolate chips and peanut butter. One contestant made her own hot dogs, others added bacon, salsa, jam, peppers and pickled cabbage. Unfortunately, I was too busy during the day to try very many of the contestant's dogs or get pictures of them all. Luckily for me, there were several photogs and bloggers running around so I can refer you to a few sites. I did manage to snap a few pics and for a full list of winners be sure to visit the official web site.
Recaps & photos here:
NYT Fort Greene Blog
Time Out New York