On last night’s first episode of “Frankenfood,” the introduction gives the description of “Frankenfood,” as a mash up of original and unexpected food combinations and ingredients, resulting in delicious dishes … or awful misses.
Comedic chef Josh Capon is in Milwaukee with the sandwich king, Tony Luke Jr., where hundreds of cooks have come to the city that specializes in beer, brats and cheese, as they are trying to create the next food craze and win $10,000.
As each contestant will offer their food creation to Josh, Tony and guest judge, Christa McFarland, manager of The Wicked Hop. The winning “Frankenfood “ will receive top billing on the menu at The Wicked Hop, and Christa is looking for something that just screams Milwaukee.
Holly Stubbs, a cafeteria worker, usually just known as “The Lunch Lady,” presented her dish, The Bratnana Split. It is made with jalapeno bratwurst, cherry chocolate-chip bacon ice cream; beer infused honey ice cream, orange marmalade pickle ice cream, but it was a Franken-Fail.
Freddie Greer, a restaurant worker presented his Gyro Bite, resembling an egg roll; it contained lamb, cabbage, nacho cheese; tzatziki sauce wrapped in an egg roll wrapper and deep fried. It received three votes, and he will go to the finals.
Next up, Sami Fgaier, an entrepreneur presented his German Superbowl, made with root beer, ketchup, sour cream, sauerkraut, pickled herring and sunflower seeds. It was served as a dip with nacho chips and was another Franken-Fail.
Jeffrey Doyle a retired music teacher created a Mai Tai Mince Meat Pie, using buffalo heart, and that was all he had to say! Franken-Fail.
Beth Riefe, an account coordinator presented her Inside-Out Nacho, containing cheese curds, potato chips crust, deep-fried and dipped in Snickers sauce. She only got one yes vote from Christa, but the guys said no, because they just do not understand Milwaukee.
Sean McManus was next with Mac Daddy Slider, containing mac & cheese; pork jowl cooked in duck fat with barbeque sauce; he got the required yes votes to move on.
Damien Wright, another entrepreneur presented his Selfish Shellfish, containing blackened shrimp, stuffed French toast, pickled asparagus, onions and a blueberry beer cheese sauce. Damien made it through to the next round.
Kristi Papadopoulos, a stay-at-home mom presented the Gooey Greeks; onion rings, with Nutella, brandy and halva. She moved on to the next round.
With four choices, the judges had to choose the top two for the restaurant competition, and the winners were Gooey Greeks and Gyro Bites.
Next, the winners met with the chefs to tweak their recipes. Kristi had to cut down on the sweetness, and Freddie had to add some vegetables to his. When they were finished, the two dishes were offered to the patrons of the restaurant who voted on the one they liked the best.
When the votes were tallied, the winner was, Freddie’s Gyro Bites, the Milwaukee “Frankenfood” $10,000 winner whose food item will appear on The Wicked Hop’s menu. Congratulations!