Philly's Tony Luke Jr. to Judge New Cooking Reality Show 'Frankenfood'

(L to R) A.D. Amorosi and Tony Luke Jr., Philly Burger Brawl - Photo by Glamorosi
A.D. Amorosi (left) and Tony Luke Jr. were judges at Philly Burger Brawl 2013

Tony Luke Jr. – actor, producer, Philadelphia-based king of the sous vide frozen cheesesteak – is having a great autumn. Not only is he readying Tony Luke sandwich shops in Ocean City, NJ, Temple University’s main campus, and Philadelphia International Airport (he just opened at the Laurel Lanes bowling alley in Maple Shade, NJ) while looking for funding for his next movie, the infamous gay Mummers story, Queens for a Day that he’ll film for director Leo Rossi. Last night, it was announced that the recently slimmed down Luke will soon have to eat his way through huge meals and interesting culinary concepts for the SPIKE TV network’s newest food show, Frankenfood. That program will air in the Spring of 2014.

Frankenfood is a reality show on which amateur chefs will cook for Manhattan chef Josh Capon (now there’s a food name!), Luke (the show’s only constant judge) and a series of additional judges (they’ll change every show) to test each cook’s skill and level of invention.

“He’s the host and I’m judge,” says Luke happily of Frankenfood’s competition in which the winner gets $10,000, and their winning dish will be a dinner special at an as-yet-unknown restaurant. “We start filming around December. The whole thing is awesome, strange, crazy deliciousness,” says Luke regarding Frankenfood. “And sometimes, not so delicious.”

Luke goes on to say that he booked Frankenfood after the show’s producers, Sharp Entertainment, called him to do a guest shot on the pilot. “I did it, and the chemistry between myself and Josh was so unbelievable, it was like we had worked with each other for 50 years.” When Spike did the focus group, the relationship between the pair scored “off the charts,” according to Luke. “It’s the coolest thing,” says Luke. “It’s going to be a culinary American Idol meets Monster Garage.

My wife Glamorosi and I love Tony Luke, and we've written about him in the past, both here on Glamorosi Magazine, and in several Philadelphia City Paper articles regarding his turns in the football flick Invincible, as well as his own film The Nail: The Story of Joey Nardone (you can read that feature here). We're both looking forward to Luke's success on Frankenfood.

Photo ©Glamorosi 2013 for Glamorosi Magazine

Posted on Thursday, October 3, 2013