First there was the longform piece by First We Feast’s Justin Bolois, examining the origins of the “chopped cheese.” Then there was Insider Food’s “discovery” of the sandwich, followed by Harlem comedian Jeffrey Almonte’s passionate reaction to said discovery. Now, there’s an entire documentary — which celebrates this piece of culinary magic and explores the passion New Yorkers feel for it.
Never heard of the chopped cheese? You aren’t alone. The documentary, titled Hometown Hero: The Legend of New York’s Chopped Cheese and produced by Bolois, begins with several baffled New Yorkers telling First We Feast that they’ve never heard of the sandwich.
But those who have heard of it are devoted to it.