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'Frankenfood' takes a ‘Taste of the Turnpike’ on Spike

Josh Capon & Tony Luke Jr. of Frankenfood on Spike
Josh Capon & Tony Luke Jr. of Frankenfood on Spike
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On last night’s second episode of “Frankenfood,” titled “Taste of the Turnpike,” 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.

Chef Josh Capon is in New Jersey with the sandwich king, Tony Luke Jr., where hundreds of cooks have come to where 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, Nick Seretis, owner of the legendary Jefferson Diner. The winning “Frankenfood “ will receive top billing on the menu at the Jefferson Diner.

First cook was Johnny Meatballs; an entrepreneur presented his creation; a cross between his famous meatballs and the classic peanut butter and jelly called the Nutball Sandwich. It contained; meatballs, soppressata (Italian salami), goat cheese, bread, dipped in pancake batter and deep fried. But sadly, they did not taste the meatballs, so it was a no for his balls.

Katie Fitzpatrick, a recent college graduate presented her dish; The Apple That Went To Brunch. It contained scrambled eggs, goat cheese, bacon, brown sugar, oatmeal crumble, salted caramel sauce inside a Granny Smith apple. She received three yes votes and went on.

Peter Jose, a banker came with the next contribution, a combination of a Jell-O shot and baby octopus. Gross!

Lorieanne Hollaway, an administrative assistant made Red Hot Hotcakes. They contained seafood patty, potato pancakes, tequila, Red Hots and jalapeno peppers. It was another Franken-Fail.

Gregory Evans, a lab technician made Poutine Gone Wild. It consisted of braised brisket, sweet potato fries, barbeque sauce, smoked gouda cheese and a fried egg on top. Just as they were about to rate his dish, Lorieanne came back in to give the judges a piece of her mind. When she left, it was a sad departure for Gregory, whose food did not have enough Franken-Factor to call it a Frankenfood, so he was voted out.

Dina Jones presented Chocolate Chili Explosion. It contained chicken chili, mac & cheese and chocolate. Nick could not stop eating it, Tony said no and Josh gave her the vote to send her through to the next round.

Carlos Henry, an HR benefits specialist presented his Porky Popper with jalapeno, bacon and mac & cheese stuffed inside a poblano pepper, and then inside an egg roll. He got three votes to go through.

Robert Simon’s Spicy Stegosaurus Balls were next, and contained Italian sausage, Floribbean grilled chicken, black licorice, jalapeno pepper, gorgonzola cheese, presented by Robert, who got two resounding yes votes.

With four choices, the judges had to choose the top two for the restaurant competition, and the winners were the Stegosaurus Balls and The Apple That Went To Brunch.

Next, the winners met with the chefs to tweak their recipes. Katie will change the way the egg is cooked, and Robert is roasting the jalapenos to make them softer. Now the patrons will taste both and vote for their favorite.

When the votes were tallied, the winner was Katie’s Apple That Went To Brunch, the New Jersey “Frankenfood” $10,000 winner whose food item will appear on Jefferson Diner’s menu. Congratulations!

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