On tonight's Top Chef, the aspiring top toques have to cook hot dogs. The show sprung a surprise on the contestants by bringing in one of New York's premiere hot dog cart purveyors, Angelina D'Angelo, to show them how it's done.

I'm proud to see Angelina, because I wrote about her in my New York Times hot dog round-up in 2005. I love the idea of Angelina appearing on the show, but I have no clue why they chose Donatella Arpaia as the guest judge. Donatella's a really good restaurateur whom I know reasonably well, but my guess is she knows squat about hot dogs.

If you want to try one of Angelina D'Angelo's hot dogs head to Dominick's on Woodhaven Boulevard and 65th Road in Rego Park, Queens (map). She's usually there on weekdays after 11 a.m.

A preview of the episode, after the jump.

'Top Chef' Does Hot Dogs

'Top Chef' Season 5, Episode 1
America's Regional Hot Dog Styles
Ed's Review of Charlie's Fashion Hot Dogs


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