Ben Sargent, aka ‘The Lobsta Pusha,’ is clawing his way to the top

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By Dan MacLeod

Dr. Claw has gone primetime!

Notorious seafood maven Ben Sargent now has his own show on the Cooking Channel — a stunning triumph for the Ali G-influenced lobster roll “pusher” who was once shut down by the Health Department for crafting his crustacean sandwiches without a permit.

The show, “Hook, Line and Dinner,” premieres on June 7, sending Sargent across the country on a vintage BMW motorcycle in search of the best seafood. It also puts him in Emeril Lagasse and Rachael Ray territory.

“It’s pretty wild,” he told us in a chat in the Manhattan test kitchen of the Cooking Channel. “It’s a bit of a shock to the system, especially since I didn’t let anybody help me.”

The fancy kitchen stadium is a far cry from the rowhouse basement in Greenpoint where Sargent, in his mien as Dr. Claw, churned out 150 lobster rolls a night at the height of his popularity. His character was a cartoonish drug pusher with an oversized, gilded lobster claw necklace, sunglasses and a chinstrap beard — but his “crack” was genuine lobster rolls, which he handed off surreptitiously in brown bags on street corners after taking orders on Facebook.

For now, rock lobster trafficker is laying low.

“Poor Dr. Claw,” Sergeant said. “But big things are happening for Ben.”

“Hook, Line and Dinner” premieres on Tuesday, June 7 at 10:30 pm on the Cooking Channel (TimeWarner channel 144 and Fios channel 166; not available on Cablevision).

Updated 5:24 pm, July 9, 2018
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Reasonable discourse

anywho says:
Yuck, in the second photo he is not using gloves to handle the lobster. At least for the photo op, look f-ing sanitary. Your DOHMH grade: F.
June 1, 2011, 7:57 am
jh from park slope says:
I've definitely watched an episode of this already. Not bad in terms of food content and shows that Ben is a pretty normal and likable guy.
June 1, 2011, 2:32 pm
Cynthia from Clinton Hill says:
Lobster roll looks really good. for the most part Dr Claw looks ghetto fabulous.
June 2, 2011, 10:39 am
Joey from Clinton Hills says:
what a joke! how hard is it to make a lobster roll? What's next a tv show about making California rolls?
June 2, 2011, 11 am
Soured from Red Hook says:
Ben is a great guy, kudos to him for pulling something like this together. Wonder if he still uses Tommy as his BMW mechanic now that he's going this route.
June 2, 2011, 7:38 pm
real deal from ethervile says:
What a contrived a- hole
June 7, 2011, 10:52 am
Joa from Fort Lauderdale FL says:
I love the show what's not love about seafood and hot guy like him on tv :)
July 19, 2011, 10:06 pm
mike from providence says:
You ——in haters are like vegetables, taste like ——, but theyre good for you
July 31, 2011, 7:49 am
ashley from brooklyn says:
where can i get some !!!!!!!!!!!
Aug. 18, 2011, 6:16 pm

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