Back in late October, chef Aarón Sánchez was in town to sample tacos for his Cooking Channel series

Taco Trip


Well, the episode has a date: Jan. 13 at 9:30 p.m., when Sanchez samples Union Taco's Philly cheesesteak taco, a scrapple taco at Sancho Pistola's, a Thai duck fusion taco at Tuk Tuk Real, and a cauliflower taco from La Calaca Feliz.

One of the Philly area's more colorful chefs, Angelo Lutz of Kitchen Consigliere Cafe in Collingswood, will turn up as a contestant on Food Network's Cutthroat Kitchen on Dec. 7 (10 p.m.).

Lutz, who in the olden days fed Joey Merlino and other associates, served several years in prison for racketeering and extortion - hence his catch phrase "I'm a cook, not a crook." His food is legit.

The Christmas-theme episode is titled "Sabotage Is Comin' to Town," and the typically-vague plot line goes like this: "Three chefs play white elephant to determine their sabotages for their ham dinner. Later, two chefs gather around the tree to open presents filled with their new ingredients. Lastly, a chef cooks their holiday cookies in a fireplace."

Oh, yule be sorry.