Rising Star Artisan Fred Maurer of Hot Dog Boyfriend - Biography

New York, NY

September 2017

A lot of things draw people to New York City. Wall Street. Broadway. Maybe even a chance to wear Yankee pinstripes. Fred Maurer came to town for the charcuterie. Originally from Ohio, Maurer grew up as a self-described theater kid. He might have pursued it, but just as he was getting ready to graduate, another creative inkling took hold, and he chose instead to enroll at the French Culinary Institute in New York. Maurer then took his newly trained talents to Paris to deepen his charcuterie knowledge at Léautey Traiteur, where he also met famed Parisian Charcutier Gilles Vérot, Léautey’s brother-in-law. Meat had become his métier, and Maurer was proving himself a talent.

He was also driven, reading what books he could on the subject and learning as hands-on as possible. Returning to New York for a stint at Bar Boulud, Maurer decided to take a year-and-a-half sojourn to Texas. He returned to New York to work at Dickson’s Farmstand Meats, where he processed thousands of pounds of local, heritage meat every week to fi ll the glass showcases with sausages, hams, pâté, and other cured products. In 2015, Maurer won a StarChefs Rising Stars Award for his work, and he recently struck out on his own to start a wholesale charcuterie operation called Hot Dog Boyfriend, which pops-up regularly around the city