First We Feast is proud to present our first documentary, “Hometown Hero: The Legend of New York’s Chopped Cheese.”
To understand the real New York, you’ve got to understand the chopped cheese. So, what exactly is a chopped cheese?
On the surface, that would seem simple. The bodega specialty gets its name from the “chopping” of hamburger patties, which occurs on the griddles in delis throughout Queens, Brooklyn, the Bronx, and Harlem. The minced meat is covered in cheese, slipped into a roll or hero, and dressed with standard-issue condiments.
“Hometown Hero: The Legend of New York’s Chopped Cheese” gives you a chance to hear directly from New Yorkers—such as cooking collective Ghetto Gastro, rapper Bodega Bamz, and humorist Jeffrey Almonte—who want to protect the sandwich from outsiders, re-mix it in professional kitchens, or simply remind you that there’s more to this sandwich than meets the eye.