Bio of Tony Luke Jr.

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A true son of South Philly, Tony “Luke” Lucidonio Jr., 50, 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 Cheese steak.

Twice hailed by Gourmet Magazine for quality and innovation, and renowned by GQ Magazine, New York Times and scores of other media, Tony Luke’s redefined the Philly Sandwich experience with specialty favorites like their Roast Pork Italian, Chicken Cutlets with Broccoli Rabe & Sharp Provolone.

With a savvy eye for marketing and publicity opportunities Tony Jr. has kept the business in the spotlight and has expanded this Historic South Philly tradition into 8 Premier Locations making it one of the biggest success stories of the Philadelphia dining renaissance of the last two decades, as well as being featured in countless food based TV shows such as Man vs. Food & Throwdown with Bobby Flay.

Today Tony Jr. continues to speak to the Business and Community Leaders and has recently entered the Culinary Equipment arena with his own Branded Knives. With all Tony has accomplished he still finds time to serve his community.
Tony Jr’s other gifts bloomed early as a student at the Philadelphia High School for the Creative and Performing Arts.
He trained as an actor appearing in his first play in 1982, wrote and produced music including songs for Billy Paul and A&M Records, and even topped the CD Baby charts with his latest song “Right Here.”

Meanwhile Tony has continued to hone his craft as an actor, appearing in many feature film productions and even Co writing and Co Producing his own feature film, The Nail “The Story of Joey Nardone.

The Nail

Coincidentally Tony Jr is just wrapping up a 1 year personal “Weight Loss & Good Health” campaign. Always health conscious and extremely active for a “big guy” Tony Jr. has used a regimen of sensible eating and exercise to knock off the weight.

Acting Credentials

2009 The Might Macs
Salvatore Galentino

2009 The Nail: The Story of Joey Nardone
Joey Nardone

2009 The Burnt House

2009 Mortal Sin

2008 Return to Sleepaway Camp

2008 Sight

2008 The Unknown Trilogy

2007 Frankie the Squirrel

2006 Invincible
Cape-Clad Fan

2006 10th & Wolf

2005 Straight Forward

2004 Mafioso: The Father, the Son
Paulie Hammer

2003 Hack (TV series)

2003-2004 The Jamie Kennedy Experiment (TV series)
Anthony Martinelli

1998 The Evil Within

1986 Dance Party USA (TV series)

Writing Credentials

2009 The Nail: The Story of Joey Nardone (movie)

Producing Credentials

2009 The Nail: The Story of Joey Nardone (executive producer)

Tony Luke Jr as himself

2011 Booted (post-production)

2012 Mancation (completed)

2010 Food Feuds (TV series)
“Pork Feuds” (aired 2010)

2010 Food Wars (TV series)
“Philly Cheesesteaks” (aired 2010)

2010 The Best Thing I Ever Ate (TV series)
“Regional Favorites” (aired 2010)

2009 Man v. Food Nation (TV series)
“Philadelphia, PA” (aired 2009)

2009 Eye of the Tiger; Thrill of the Fight

2008 Dinner: Impossible (TV series)
“Crayon Craziness” (aired 2008)
“Block Party Blowout” (aired 2008)

2007 This Is My Cheesesteak (documentary)

2006 Throwdown with Bobby Flay (TV series)
“Cheese Steaks” (aired 2006)

Please visit Tony Luke’s website for further information regarding Tony Luke Jr. Also please see the links below for recent PR for Tony Luke Jr.

Tony Luke’s Website

Shop Tony Luke Products

Tony Luke’s Music & Film

Philly.com, cover of Philadelphia Daily News 1/17/2012

Yahoo Sports, post-game story 2/7/2012

Wall Street Journal, Japan as ambassador for Takeru Kobayashi Wingbowl 20 Champ 2/7/2012

Philly Health Watch, cover Story based on Tony Luke Jr and his recent weight loss

Mike StaibBio of Tony Luke Jr.
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Mercer County Community College – Fully Equipped With Ergo Chef Cutlery


Mercer County Community College celebrated the opening of its new teaching kitchen on September 14, with an official ribbon cutting ceremony. Former White House Chef Sam Morgante made a special appearance and presented the kitchen with an exclusive array of ergonomic Ergo Chef Pro-Series 8” Chef Knives, featuring a unique presidential seal.

Students of MCCC’s culinary program now have the luxury of using top notch cutlery equipment from Ergo Chef’s most infamous Pro-Series line, to help promote less fatigue and better ergonomics while prepping food. Not only do teaching kitchens come fully equipped with specialty knives, Ergo Chef’s NEW Duo Tongs are also included because of their unique half steel half silicone design, which can be utilized on all cookware – even the grill!

MCCC’s programs prepare students for employment in various entry-level management careers in the food service and lodging industries. From Hotel Restaurant and Institution Management to Professional Baking and Culinary Arts, Mercer has a lot to offer with the opening of its new kitchen.

Ergo Chef is delighted to take part in MCCC’s new hospitality and culinary program, giving students the best cutlery possibly to make their experience the best it can be. We look forward to watching them succeed. Happy prepping!

Information & photo retrieved from https://bit.ly/olWvy6

Mike StaibMercer County Community College – Fully Equipped With Ergo Chef Cutlery
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Ergo Chef and Bed, Bath & Beyond

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Some exciting news as we head into a much-needed weekend! With your help, all of our slicing, dicing and hard work has paid off. Home-everything retailer Bed, Bath and Beyond is now carrying Ergo Chef’s Pro-Series and Knuckle Sandwich lines online.

Available knives include the Pro-Series Parer, Chef’s knife (the 6”, 8” and the 10”), boning knife, Santoku, Filet knife, bread knife and the carving knife. Also available are the Knuckle Sandwich 4” parer, 5.5” utility knife and the 8” chef’s knife.

Check out them all out here and tell your friends!

Mike StaibErgo Chef and Bed, Bath & Beyond
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Atlantic City Food and Wine Festival

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We could have taken the time off and lazed about in the not-too hot weather this weekend, but we’re too dedicated to you, our readers and knife users. Instead, we’re packed and ready to head off to the Atlantic City Food and Wine Festival happening July 29-August 1, 2010 in (where else?) Atlantic City.

We’re psyched for the four day food party that features events, tastings and celebrity appearances. Our very own Guy Fieri will be on stage using his Ergo Chef knives with White House Chef Samuel Morgante. You can check out all of the events here.

Next up is the American Culinary Federation Event Series in Anaheim, CA. Man, it’s good to love food!

Mike StaibAtlantic City Food and Wine Festival
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Jay Leno Stikes Again!

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You might remember when we got a personal call from Jay Leno, thanking us for the knives we sent to him and his wife. Ever since then, our blossoming friendship has become even stronger. He even invited us out to his show in Los Angeles when we were out there, but alas, we couldn’t make it. (We know, we know: who’s too busy to turn down a personal invitation from Jay Leno? We’ll never live this one down.) Because of this, we think he finally gave up on us and decided to settle for the next best thing–our good friend Guy Fieri–who he recently invited back on his show for a cooking demo. Check out the two-part segment below and keep your eyes peeled for the knives!

Mike StaibJay Leno Stikes Again!
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We’re at the Metropolitan Cooking Show This Weekend. Are You??

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Ergo Chef and Guy Fieri in AtlantaThis weekend the Metropolitan Cooking & Entertaining show at the Cobb Galleria in Atlanta Georgia will feature over 150 product exhibitors, where you can find kitchen gadgets, the best food and some of the best Celebrity Chefs and local chefs in the industry. Unfortunately Guy Fieri & Krew could not be in attendance this weekend as he was hosting a special breakfast at the Kentucky Derby.

Get your tickets to see live cooking demonstrations from Mario Batali, Paula Deen, and Bobby Flay.   There are even kids activities that will help get your youngsters cooking.  The adults can try their pallet on a plethora of great micro brews, wines and spirits as they uncork the bottles from 12-5pm on Saturday and Sunday in the tasting arena…

Oh, and don’t forget to stop by the Ergo Chef booth as President Scott Staib and Chef Randy Smith will be demoing all Ergo Chef products including the new Guy Fieri line of Knuckle Sandwich Cutlery.  We’ll be here to answer any questions you have and show you how to properly hold and use a knife.

Click Here to find out more & Get your tickets at: Metropolitan Cooking & Entertaining Show

Mike StaibWe’re at the Metropolitan Cooking Show This Weekend. Are You??
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California, Here We Come!

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hollywoodThis is a huge week for us and we couldn’t be more excited. We’re heading out west to Los Angeles to do a few things that most people (including us) have only dreamed of.

First, our Guy Fieri Knuckle Sandwich Knives will be featured in a Price is Right showcase on April 14th. We’ll be in the audience to be sure that our knives go to the best bidder out there. We can’t wait to see Drew Carey in action. If you think that you might have something better to do during that day, you don’t. Just tune in! If you do happen to miss the show, visit The Price is Right’s website here to watch full episodes and clips.

We’re also traveling to Disney’s California Food & Wine Festival at Disney’s California Adventure. We’re proud to be the official knife sponsor for the Festival and we’ve provided knives for audience giveaways and to the Napa Rose Cooking School events. Guy Fieri will kick things off on the main stage on April 16th and 17th. He’ll also be showing off the Knuckle Sandwich knives. If you’re in the area, stop by. You may end up going home with a new set of knives! The Food & Wine Festival is running from April 16-May 31.

And finally, due some clever clip hunting (see our March 12 post), we discovered that Jay Leno was a fan of the Knuckle Sandwich knives. We thought he might like to try out the Pro-Series as well, so we put together a little care package. To our surprise and amazement, Jay Leno, the man himself, called use to thank us for the gift. Not only that, but Jay invited us to go see The Tonight Show LIVE the next time we’re in LA. Good thing we’ll be there soon!

Mike StaibCalifornia, Here We Come!
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The C-CAP Fundraiser Rakes In…

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C-CAP logoAfter a week of counting, the final number is in! Our C-CAP (Careers through Culinary Arts Program) fundraising event at the International Home + Housewares Show brought in over $25,000 for the program. We co-sponsored the party with Harold Import Company, one of C-CAP’s main sponsors. We were treated to food prepared by C-CAP students (and inspired by Guy Fieri’s famous recipes), music by The Joe Moss Band and DJ CHEF Marc Weiss and wines provided by St. Francis Winery & Vineyards. The whole event was a blast.

As foodies and knife guys, we love C-CAP’s mission. The program works with public schools across the country to prepare underserved high school students for college and career opportunities in the restaurant and hospitality industries. As a national nonprofit, it manages the largest independent high school culinary scholarship program in the U.S. In fact, since 1990, C-CAP has awarded students over $28 million in scholarships and has donated $2.3 million worth of supplies and equipment to culinary classrooms. C-CAP currently operates in New York; Los Angeles; Chicago; Philadelphia; Hampton Roads, VA; Washington, DC and Arizona. Head over to the C-CAP website (www.ccapinc.org) to see how you can get involved.

Mike StaibThe C-CAP Fundraiser Rakes In…
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Home + Housewares Recap

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Guy Fieri signing autographs at the Ergo Chef boothWe just stepped off the plane from Chicago, where we attended the 2010 International Home + Housewares Show. If we’re allowed to say it (and I think we can because it’s our blog), our booth was probably the coolest one there. We pulled out all of the stops—we gave away limited edition Knuckle Sandwich shirts, red and blue Ergo Chef water bottles and had more chopping demos than a karate class. Lucky for us, we also had our man Guy Fieri with us for the day on Sunday. With his help, we drew huge crowds of people looking for photos, autographs and peek at the newest Knuckle Sandwich knives.

We also helped host the Careers through Culinary Arts Program (C-CAP) Fundraiser with Guy and our distributor, Harold Import Company. C-CAP works with public schools across the country to prepare underserved high school students for college and career opportunities in the restaurant and hospitality industries. Students prepped and served Fieri-inspired meals like spring rolls and chili brownies (really, really good) to the crowd while we all rocked out to DJ Chef Marc Weiss and The Joe Moss Band.

Check out photos from the show in our gallery.

Mike StaibHome + Housewares Recap
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Welcome! (and a sneak preview)

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Welcome to Chop Talk, the official blog of Ergo Chef! We’re going to do our best to pour our foodie knowledge and our engineering expertise into our posts, but please contact us if there’s anything you’d like to hear from us. We’re kind of new to this blogging thing and we’re bound to run out of topics (or at least get fed up of our own).

As we type, we’re gearing up for the Housewares Show that’s happening THIS WEEKEND in Chicago. There will be over 2,000 exhibitors in attendance, but we think we have a good shot of standing out with Guy Fieri by our side. We know that most of you can’t attend (though we’d love to see you there), so we thought we’d give you a SNEAK preview of our new line of knives.

Mike StaibWelcome! (and a sneak preview)
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