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Customers at Tony Luke's in South Philly. Photo Credit: John McDevitt

Customers at Tony Luke’s in South Philly. Photo Credit: John McDevitt

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By John McDevitt

PHILADELPHIA (CBS) — A national television show where contestants combine unexpected food items to make a so-called “Frankenfood” premiers later this month.

Cheesesteak king Tony Luke Jr. is one of the co-hosts/judges of “Frankenfood”.

On the show contestants pitch food creation ideas like a Finger Licking Chocolate Chicken Sandwich on a Honey-bun bun.

Tony says “Frankenfood” wants to find the next great food creation:

“What’s great about this show is that crazy as some dishes are the contestants might be a little bit crazier than some of these dishes. The great thing about this show is that it allows people to be more experimental with food. I think that the show really does bring fun back into food.”

Nick Lucidonio is Tony Luke Jr’s brother and business partner.

Nick says his brother is perfect fit as a judge because he knows food and tells you exactly how it is:

“He lets you have it and that’s what you are going to see in the show.”

Frank Abbott from Doylestown was grabbing a couple sandwiches at Tony Luke’s eatery in South Philadelphia:

“Philadelphia doesn’t get enough exposure and when we do get exposure it’s for being bad fans so obviously we are known for Philly cheese steaks so it’s good he is doing a bit of exposure for us.”

New York City chef Josh Capon is Tony Luke Jr’s co-host.

There is a guest judge that joins them each week.

There are 10 episodes that take place in various cities. The winner of each one wins 10 thousand dollars and their dish is placed on an established restaurants’s menu.

Frankenfood debuts on Spike-tv June 22nd at 10pm.

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