Nordic Hotdog Championship! Finalen i New York!

So I am now back in Norway from New York City and the finals of Nordic Hotdog Championship. It was an amazing trip and I am so happy that I got this opportunity. I have met a lot of people, ate good food and I got a lot of inspiration. The day of the competition was chaotic, but really fun!

Me and my competitor Egil (who was representing Sweden) got to borrow the kitchen at Humboldt & Jackson ‘s. We got the whole kitchen to ourselves, It was the first time for me in a commercial kitchen so it was exiting and I learned a lot.
Luckily Brooklyn Brewers head chef, Andrew Gearson, helped us out with ingredients, equipment and other stuff.
The time went by so fast and when we had to take a taxi over to Brooklyn Brewery with all of our food.

When we got there we met our professional competitors. 6 professional chefs and their TEAMS. We had no teams, we were just 1 person. I represented Norway and Egil – Sweden. So we got our job cut out for us. Luckily my boyfriend helped me and Egils wife helped him, so we could get the hot dog frying going. 120 guests was waiting + members of a jury. Everyone loved my hot dogs and they took photos, interviewing me and so on. It was awesome! I smelled like a burnt sausage but I still loved every second of the evening. I felt very privileged to be standing there among these great chefs:

Neal Fraser, various restaurants in Los Angeles
Paul Backer, Tilia, Minneapolis
Sami Tallberg, chef and forager, Finland
Sven Olavsson Patursson, Hotel Hafnia, Faroe Islands 
Fredrik Andersson, Gothia Towers, Gothenburg
Ricard McCormick, food truck and catering, 

The guest caste their votes with beer caps and the judges had a tasting. I came third, 3 point behind the first place. Only 1 point behind Fredrik Andersson (chef in Swedens national cooking team). So I was so happy and proud!

The day after the competition me and my boyfriend was invited to attend at a cocktail party on Manhattan, that was hosted by Norwegian Seafood Council. Some of the chefs from yesterdays finals was there, some cooking and some eating and drinking. There were a lot of different seafood dishes made out of norwegian seafood and it tasted amazing!
The evening ended at our favorite roof top bar in Financial District.

This experience was so amazing and I am so so happy that I got to do this 😀
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