I recently attended the 11th Annual New Jersey Hot Dog Tour and got a chance to meet Victor Matera. Victor appears in many movies, including A Bronx Tale, The Godfather Part Two, Scarface, and more. Victor was telling other tour attendees he’s always getting “whacked” in the movies – I guess it’s an occupational hazard!
He chatted everyone up and was very gracious with pictures. He even managed to charm the owner of Max’s in Long Branch. He gave her a picture to hang on their “Wall of Fame.”
Victor Matera and Ketchup on a Hot Dog
Victor admitted he’s not much of a Hot Dog guy. He came on the tour as a favor to Erwin “Benzee” Benz, one of the organizers. He was impressed with the crowd and the level of hot dog knowledge in the group. Truth be told, he had no idea there were that many hot dog fanatics!
I got a chance to spend a few minutes with Victor Matera. He told me about his various roles and the pride and joy he felt meeting the public and his fans. I told him about my “mission” as a “hot dogumentarian” and he was genuinely interested.
After talking for a while and snapping a picture, the conversation got around to condiments. I asked him THE QUESTION:
“Do you put ketchup on your hot dogs?”
He answers the question in the video…….
You can find out more about Victor Matera on his Facebook Page.