New York City-based chef Alex Guarnaschelli considers herself a hot dog fan. She even claims that the best thing she has ever eaten was a deep-fried hot dog from Rawley’s Drive-In in Fairfield, Connecticut (via Food Network). But back to our original question: What is the chef and “Chopped” judge’s stance on whether or not a hot dog falls into the sandwich category?
In a recent tweet, Guarnaschelli responded to a fan’s question on the topic with an affirmative one-word answer: “Yes.” In an interview with The Takeout, she responded to the question with, “People see a sandwich as sitting flat on a plate. This is a part of the criteria we don’t discuss enough, about how people perceive sandwiches,” she explained. “People think because you can see the hot dog and it’s upright that if it were a sandwich it’d be turned on its side. I think that’s ridiculous. I think that’s sandwich discrimination. It’s a piece of meat with condiments between two pieces of bread.”
On the other hand, Alton Brown, another world-famous chef, once said that a hot dog is a taco. Whatever culinary genre a hot dog falls under, we can all agree that they are delicious. (P.S. Ketchup does not belong anywhere near a hot dog.)