JEFFERSON — Taped to the entrance doors of the Jefferson Diner Wednesday was a sign notifying patrons they were being photographed. Spike TV’s new show “Frankenfood” will continue filming on-site at the diner Thursday.
According to Spike.com, “Frankenfood” is Spike TV’s first-ever, greenlit food-related series. “Each episode of (the show) features 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,” states the website.
The show will feature celebrity chef Josh Capon and Tony Luke Jr., an entrepreneur, restaurateur, actor and musician, as judges.
An additional rotating panel of judges will be featured, according to Spike.com.
Jefferson Diner co-owner Nick Seretis will be featured as one of the judges on the show. This show is the “American Idol” of foods, Seretis said.
Nick Seretis and his partner and brother Jimmy Seretis are no strangers to film crews working their way through the diner.
The venue was previously featured on “Diners, Drive-Ins and Dives,” “Unwrapped” and the network TLC, among other appearances on television.
Today’s shoot will consist of two cooks battling one another in a “cook-off in the Jefferson Diner kitchen,” Jimmy Seretis said. “Four of our chefs are cooking with them. Two with one contestant, and two with the other.”
The winning dish will make its way into the ranks of the Jefferson Diner’s menu. “As long as the food sells, we’re going to keep it on,” Nick Seretis said.
Nick Seretis, who tasted about 40 dishes before the two finalists were chosen, said “All the dishes were odd.” They’re “not supposed to mesh together,” Jimmy Seretis added.
“It’s kind of like putting Frankenstein together, except Frankenstein is the food, and the scientist is the chef.”
The two finalists deserve to be here, Jimmy Seretis said. “They have great ideas, and they’re very creative.”
Twenty-five lucky volunteers will be able to taste the concoctions at today’s shoot, Nick Seretis said. “They’re going to pick the winning dish.”
For the brothers, filming offers a new element to the restaurant business, a reprieve from the day-to-day.
“After all those shows,” Jimmy Seretis said, “(being in front of the camera) comes very naturally” now.
There’s no acting, just authenticity, they said.
“We’re just being ourselves,” Nick Seretis said. “We’re being goofy” and natural.
And it shows. There’s a playful and fun-loving nature to the two, regardless of whether a camera is present.
“If you enjoy what you do for a living, you’ve never worked a day in your life,” Jimmy Seretis said.
A representative from Spike TV said the set would be closed for today’s shooting. An airdate will be announced at a later time.
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