World’s First Shrimp Hot Dog?

“Top Chef Masters” Alum Rick Mooney To Bring New Varietes To Stadium Food

Posted by Sharon on Jul 12

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If former "Top Chef Masters" contestant Rick Mooney has anything to say about it, there will soon be another vegetarian option at concession stands across the nation: the shrimp dog.

Mooney competed on the second season of "Top Chef Masters" and left as a finalist. A graduate of the Culinary Institute of America, Mooney's specialty is  in seafood cuisine. In fact, his RM Seafood restaurant at Mandalay Bay in Las Vegas has experienced 100% increase in profit since his performance on "Top Chef Masters."

Mooney is also one of the earliest and most recognizable celebrities promoting the use of sustainable fishing practices. He is a founding member of the Chef’s Coalition, Seafood Choices Alliances, and a chef’s advisory board member of Ecofish.

Lately, he's been using his seafood know-how to create a healthy new concessions option that's the first of its kind -- a shrimp hot dog made with fresh garlic, ginger, and scallions. To keep the food cost-effective, he says he may add a small amount of tilapia to the blend as well.

“We’ve been tweaking a recipe over at the Vienna Beef factory, where they can extrude the stuff in a few minutes,” he said.  ”We’ve tried them charred, boiled, and steamed, and the best way still seems to be in the “dirty water” method [held in a bath within a steaming device].”

Currently, Mooney has yet to develop a bun for the hot dog -- as well as a name -- but with the progress already made, one can expect to see shrimp dogs hitting the market sooner rather than later.

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2 Responses

  1. Kelly Says:

    You might want to do a little fact checking. His last name is Moonen, not Mooney

  2. Alrick G. Brooks M.D Says:

    I had the shrip dog at the US Open Tennis Champ. It was terrific. I would love to recieve a shipment every week. Rick rocked this recipe