Bio

Learn More About Tony Luke, Jr.

 

tony luke jrA true son of South Philly, Tony “Luke” Lucidonio Jr., is a man of many talents and enormous energy. In the 1990’s, Tony Jr. worked tirelessly with his father Tony Sr. and brother Nick to build the Tony Luke’s legend. From lunch trucks to full Italian meal take-out, they tried it all until they hit on the “Old Philly Style” sandwich formula that took enormous culinary leaps beyond the famous Philly Cheesesteak. Tony Luke’s opened in South Philly in February 1992.

Tony Luke’s redefined the Philly sandwich experience with specialty favorites like roast pork Italian with broccoli rabe and sharp provolone, chicken cheesesteaks and chicken cutlets. Tony Luke’s has twice been hailed by Gourmet for quality and innovation and is a member of Philadelphia Magazine’s “Best of Philly Hall of Fame”.

What began as a single sandwich shop in South Philly has now expanded across the Mid-Atlantic region, into Florida and overseas in Bahrain. Tony Luke’s sandwich empire also includes retail products. Tony Luke’s Pronto are frozen, microwavable sandwiches available in hundreds of grocery stores.

Tony’s artistic gifts bloomed early as a student at the Philadelphia High School for the Creative and Performing Arts. Luke trained as an actor, appearing in his first play in 1982.

Tony continued to hone his craft as an actor, appearing in many feature film productions, including co-writing and co-producing his own feature film, “The Nail: The Story of Joey Nardone”.

He has written and produced songs for Billy Paul, A&M Records and even topped the CD Baby charts with his song, “Right Here”.

Luke and his restaurants have appeared in reality TV shows including “Man vs. Food”, “Throwdown with Bobby Flay”, “Not My Mama’s Meals”, “Dinner: Impossible” and more. Tony Luke Jr. is co-host on SpikeTV’s first culinary based show, “Frankenfood”.

 

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Franken Food

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Spike’s first ever food series, “Frankenfood”, features worldwide cheesesteak impresario Tony Luke Jr. and superstar Chef Josh Capon.

Step aside chicken and waffles, buffalo wings and lobster mac and cheese, Spike TV is looking to find the newest food craze. Starting Sunday, June 22 at 10 PM, ET/PT, amateur chefs will step up to the plate, literally, to prove their dish is the best new “Frankenfood,” a revolutionary creation that mixes outrageous and unexpected ingredients in delicious and unique flavors. From the ultimate sloppy joe to a deviled egg fried potato and a triple-decker donut sandwich, the food creations on this series range from the good, the bad and the truly inedible!

Each episode of “Frankenfood” features the best and worst local amateur food innovators competing head-to-head in order to get their unexpected food concoctions onto the menu of a popular local restaurant, win a $10,000 cash grand prize and possibly create the next big food craze. Cities “Frankenfood” visits include New York, Philadelphia, Chicago and Austin, among others.

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Viewers will get a look into the kitchen to see how these budding culinary artists whip up their inventive food combinations and find out the inspiration behind their dishes. Ranging from old family recipes to regional specialties and even hangover remedies, “Frankenfood” will bring to light some of the most mouth-watering and sometimes stomach churning combinations ever conceived.

It’s up to superstar executive chef Josh Capon, a four time winner of Rachael Ray’s “Burger Bash” and co-host, worldwide Cheesesteak impresario Tony Luke Jr. along with a rotating panel of culinary experts serving as judges to decide which creative and often outlandish dish earns a spot on the menu.

“Frankenfood” is an one-hour, ten-episode series produced by Sharp Entertainment with Matt Sharp, Bob Larson and Alan Madison serving as Executive Producers.

 

TV & Film

Credits

2006

Throwdown with Bobby Flay
Cheese Steaks
10th & Wolf
Rocco
Invincible
Cape Clad Fan

2008

Dinner: Impossible
Crayon Craziness
Block Party Blowout

2009

Man v. Food
Philadelphia, PA
The Nail: The Story of Joey Nardone
Writer, Joey Nardone

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2010

The Best Thing I Ever Ate
Regional Favorites
Food Wars
Philly Cheeesteaks
Tony Luke Jr.’s Eaglemania
Host
Food Feuds
Pork
Pork
Pork Italian Sandwich

2011

Throwdown with Bobby Flay
Grinders

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2013

Not My Mama’s Meals
Philly On My Mind

2014

Frankenfood
Co-Host

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In The News

  • 2006

    philadelphia-magazine

    “Tony Luke Goes to Hollywood! A certain South Philly cheesesteak king knows exactly where he’s headed: the Walk of Fame”

  • 2008

    philadelphia-daily-news

    “Tony Luke lands first starring role in upcoming Philly film”

  • 2009

    philadelphia-city-paper

    “The Dog in the Fight –Tony Luke Jr. raises the steaks and cooks up his own close-up”

  • the-philadelphia-inquirerTony Luke serves up a movie”
  • movie-maker“Of Cheesesteaks and Cinema: Tony Luke Jr.”
  • 2013

    philadelphia-daily-news

    “Tony Luke lands Spike reality show”

  • 2014

    los-angeles-times

    “Chef Josh Capon…Tony Luke Jr. will serve as hosts and judges along with a rotating panel of culinary experts.”

  • daily-news“Not content to just watch the contestants have all the fun, the Daily News created some crazy dishes to present to show judges Josh Capon and Tony Luke Jr.”
  • the-new-york-times“The restaurateur Tony Luke Jr. is Mr. Capon’s spirited sidekick and fellow judge”
  • sout-jerysey-times“Tony Luke Jr. stars in Spike’s ‘Frankenfood’ premiereing June 2”

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