By Gabby Richman
Photo by Mark Morgan
When did you know you wanted to be a chef?
Well, I don’t consider myself a chef per se. Most people refer to me as “the hot dog guy!” My background is in finance. After the market crashed, I was ready for a career change.
Why hot dogs?
In October of 2014, we went on a trip to Denmark. There’s hot dog stands on every corner in Copenhagen. Danish hot dog stands are a cultural institution and have been around for 80-plus years. We joked around and said we were going to buy a hot dog cart and start selling “Danish Style” hot dogs in Phoenix. A few months later, we purchased our first hot dog cart and had absolutely no idea what we were doing! Now, we operate two hot dog carts and our first storefront.
To you, food is...
Happiness. We have a sign in our store that reads “Good Food, Good Mood.” Isn’t that the truth?
If you weren’t a chef, you’d probably be:
Running another business of some sort. I’ve always been an entrepreneur at heart.
You specialize in a Danish-style hot dog. Tell us about it:
Our “Danish Style” hot dog is topped exactly like you would get it on the streets in Denmark: mustard, ketchup, remoulade (imported from Denmark), raw onions, crispy fried onions, and fresh pickled cucumber. We also have one that goes into a hollow french baguette with secret sauce. This one is popular throughout Europe – we call it the DK Dog.
You were born and raised in Denmark – What is your favorite dish?
Smørrebrød, which are danish open-faced sandwiches. Smørrebrød usually consists of a piece of buttered rye bread, a dense, dark brown bread. Pålæg, the topping, that among others can refer to commercial or homemade cold cuts, pieces of meat or fish, cheese or spreads.
When you’re not at DK Dogs, where would we find you?
At the gym, movies, or just relaxing at home … a rarity these days!
What food is your guilty pleasure?
Chocolate. LOTS of chocolate.
Mustard or ketchup?
Both + remoulade.
DK Dogs, 4700 N. 12th St., Phoenix; 602.831.4878; www.ilovedkdogs.com.