Santa Salsa started as an art project because all my art work
starts from the influence that I get from my country.
And I try to spread the word about where I come from through
But what's good in your neighborhood?
From the east to the west showing nothing but the very best
Here we are a Venezuelan chef, boy, you know, he's a star.
You really should be this next episode of What's good in your
We are here, we are at Santa Salsa in Rockaway Beach with the
best hot dog in New York City.
It's Venezuelan street food meets American culture divided
It's gonna be amazing.
What's good in your hood is about risking it all to reach a dream
This trifecta of deliciousness has been coined by the chefs
here at Santa Salsa as sex on a skateboard.
And today we're in my hometown of NYC where street dreams are
made into reality every day.
We got the hot dog, we got the burger and then we did it our own
This thing right here is like a flavor explosion in your mouth
This culinary canvas made popular in the US by a Jewish immigrant
from Poland is a part of the American tapestry now elevated
by this Venezuelan artist Santa Salsa started as an art break
was a skateboard video.
And this story goes about a holocaust of the skateboarding
scene and, and there's only one survivor and he creates a special
sauce and then he starts giving it away on the hot dogs to anybody
So everyone who tries the hot dog became a skateboard.
So I was the hotdog guy in the movie and I decided to move here
to New York and then I decided to bring to life the character
of the video, which was the hot dog car, the hotdog car guy.
There was a pretty good relation with skateboarding and music
that I was into hip hop punk.
All that street vibe when it came together with the street
Is there like a particular item on the menu that is like a real
And then it's called the, the hot dog with everything.
So you can imagine just like throw everything you have on it
This place definitely has the best hot dog in the city.
Hands down the craziest thing that when we got the best New
York City hot dog on the, on the Village Voice, they gave the
price to the Venezuelan hot dog.
Our culture, not Santosa, not only Santa Saa, our culture
got the recognition for our work.
Yeah, you are in for a treat.
We are about to make with Venezuelan chef.
You're gonna love what you see.
I'm gonna love what I eat.
It's all a flavor explosion in your eyes, in my mouth.
There's a new kid in town skater turned chef Sergio Barrios
and this is now king of the dog.
People who comes and say like, oh wait, but I thought this was
These are hot dogs and burgers.
And then I say, OK, give it a try.
And after that, let me know if that's the same hot dog that you
had in central park.
You are in for a treat because we're in the kitchen with Sergio
A K, a hot dog master of NYC.
We're gonna be making his dope hot dog Pedro only here at Santa
So step one, we hit up the bun here.
Next step is to the Frank.
We use a beef Frank that Frank just moved by itself.
Chopped onions, chopped cabbage, crushed potato chips.
See, these are the game changer.
Now we're getting into the Venezuelan part, some ketchup
on it, shredded cheese and the Santa sauce.
Now it's time to get it on a plate so I could put it in my belly
Completely finished a piece of art on a pro skateboard presented
You gotta take a pro level bite out of this.
These dogs smash you in the face with bold taste of art, skateboarding
music and Venezuelan street culture.
One of my objectives with the project was also to, to represent
the way I grew up and then I wanted to do something more new.
So I was invited by some friends uh to open up a car on rockaway
The rockaways New York's urban beach community hit hard in
2012 by hurricane Sandy has gone through a renaissance of
infrastructure, cultural change and, and Santa Salsa, they're
leading the way rockaway strong.
The what's good in your hood freestyle dog?
It's gonna be amazing.
The Santa Salsa hot dog is like a nose grind on your teeth.
A kick clip on your tongue on the front side, nose, grab on your
I couldn't help but notice was a metaphor for the US from turbulent
beginnings, settling in a new land and remixed to something
Sergio is a beacon of light and the pride of a community of Venezuelans
tied to their country struggle.
Sadly, these last times the the the country has been going
through a big struggle, lots of violation with human rights
And sometimes I can feel sad and I can feel that I should be down
I'm spreading the word about the our culture through food
said he was spreading his version of Venezuela street culture
through the most common denominator food y'all.
I'm challenging chef two way hot dog making contest.
He's gonna get 10 seconds of the What's gonna soundtrack?
And he's gonna have to freestyle a hot dog for me on the spot
Yeah, let's get to it.
What are you thinking?
I think that's a cheese and avocado.
Oh, that sounds amazing.
So, what kind of chorizo we got going here.
It's a pork chorizo.
So now I, now I throw some cheese on top.
Now we take the bread, open it up.
We can throw some orange on it.
We can throw some avocado maybe.
So let's throw the, and the santa sauce and the santa salsa
Let's go taste this.
The moment you've all been waiting for here.
The, what's good in your hood freestyle dog coming straight
I'm gonna get into this and I'm gonna let you know what I think
This needs to be on the menu.
Like Venezuelan slang.
Like that's the bomb right here.
That's the name of this right now.
Winner of the Western hot dog challenge story adds to the tapestry
of the United States where one could come to make a better life
and elevate the culture one at a time.
Yo, here I wanna thank you, man for showing me all of your art
Telling me about Venezuelan culture and showing me how to
make the best hot dog in New York City, brother.
Thank you any time and thank you for the support and for spreading
And now let's take it back to the streets where it all started
and that's what's good in your hood.