Twenty restaurants and food trucks competed in the South Street Headhouse District’s third annual Dog Days of Summer Cook-Off, held Saturday under the Shambles at 2nd and Pine Streets. General admission was free for music, crafts, and entertainment, but tasting the dogs and drinks required a ticket.
Judges Marc Summers, Danya Henninger, Carly Szkaradnik, and Philly.com's Michael Klein judged the professional chefs' hot dogs.
Hot Diggity’s Keith Garabedian, Drew Lazor, Josh Middleton, Audra Neff, and Julia West assessed the amateur chefs, which featured a "Philadelphia" theme this year. Lilly Vamberi, the winner of that competition, will have her creation featured for a month on the menu at Hot Diggity.
Funds raised at this event go to support the preservation of the historic Headhouse Square Shambles.
Best Dog winners:
1st – Chef Michael Stollenwerk of Headhouse Crab & Oyster. The Sea Dog: Sabrett's hot dog, spicy pepper relish, crab salad, split top bun and a splash of old bay.
2nd - Chef Nick Mezzina of Misconduct. Sriracha Pork Dog with sweet Sichuan chili.
3rd - Chef Keith Garabedien of Hot Diggity. Corn Salsa Dog: Fire roasted corn, 1732 meats, paprika bacon salsa, radish tortillas and cilantro.
Amateur Toppings winners:
1st - Lilly Vamberi's "Lilly’s Philly Dog": Elixr Coffee BBQ Sauce, Kenzinger Battered Onion Strings, Roasted Long Hot Relish.
2nd - Brant Williams' "Pho-natic Dog": Pho beef bullion paste, Mung Bean Sprouts, Cilantro, Thai Basil, Thinly sliced Jalapenos, Lime Hoisin.
3rd - Gabriel Raab's "Tova Dog": Amba Sauce, Pickled Vegetables, Falafel Crunch.