South Jersey’s own “Consigliere” took his Italian cuisine to the masses Sunday night when he faced off on Food Network’s Cutthroat Kitchen.
Angelo “Buddha” Lutz appeared on Sunday’s night’s episode of the cooking competition show — that combines culinary skills with bargaining acumen — hosted by Alton Brown of Iron Chef America fame.
Lutz, aka Fat Ange, maneuvered his way through the first round of the show before coming up short in the second challenge when judge Simon Majumdar wasn’t impressed with Lutz’s shrimp pairing beverage.
Lutz served nine years behind bars for racketeering due to his ties to refuted Philly mob boss “Skinny” Joey Merlino.
After seven years of a nine-year sentence, Lutz — claiming he is "a cook, not a crook" — opened up his own mob-inspired eatery in Collingswood, New Jersey. The Kitchen Consigliere serves seafood, pasta and other Italian dishes on its menu.