Tonight’s episode of “Frankenfood,” was titled, “Don’t Mess with Tex Mex.” As 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, one can only wonder what the chefs will be tasting.
Chef Josh Capon is in Austin with the sandwich king, Tony Luke Jr., where hundreds of cooks have come out to the Frankenfood kitchens. The winner will be featured on the menu of the coolest restaurants in Austin, J. Black’s Feel Good Kitchen & Lounge are trying to create the next food craze and win $10,000.
As each contestant offers their food creation to Josh, Tony and guest judge, Ashley Fric, operations director of J. Black’s, they will choose the best dishes. The final two will be served at the restaurant where the public will decide the winner, whose dish will appear on their menu.
The first entry from entrepreneur Lynzy “Pub” Moran with a creation inspired from New Orleans called the Baton. It was on a stick and shaped like a hotdog, made from shrimp cooked in crab oil seasoning, Cajun andouille sausage, pecan praline, like a jambalaya on a stick. Three yes votes will bring her back for the semi-finals.
Reyna Harvey, a student was next, with her Bayou Taco. It contained, crawfish, shrimp, alligator, frog legs and turtle, but a failure nonetheless.
Media specialist, Laura Tabor-Huerta was next with the Specimen. An aspic containing that not only looked gross, but must have tasted the same way. See ya!
Aspiring chef, Steven Echeveste presented his Rise & Shine containing waffle, coffee infused French toast, frosted flakes crusted ham, egg, arugula, béarnaise sauce served with strawberry drizzle. Three yes votes for this one!
Teacher, Traci Brodbeck was next with her creation that looked like a cactus in a flower pot. It was a spinach jalapeno pancake, pork tenderloin, prickly pear sauce, chicken salad with shoestring potato chips. She moved on to the next round.
Navy veteran, Chauntel Seminerio presented her Go Big or Go Home, containing all the best of Austin. It contained; jalapeno & cornbread brisket, queso cheese, pico de gallo, spicy black beans, citrus guacamole on a hoagie roll.
Next, the four winners were mulled over by the judges and brought down to the two finalists. The choices were Lynzy’s Baton and Steven’s Rise & Shine. So the chefs helped them tweak their recipes and presented them to the restaurant full of people.
When the votes were tallied, the winner was Steven’s Rise & Shine; declared by just one vote, as the Austin, Texas “Frankenfood” $10,000 winner whose food item will appear on the J.Black’s menu. Congratulations!