Hamburg couple competes on ‘Frankenfood'

Submitted photo Mike and Katie Meyer with their awards from The Taste of Hamburg-er Festival.
Submitted photo A delicious meal from Uncle Paul's Stuff Pretzels.

Hamburg will once again be in the spotlight as Katie and Mike Meyer, of Hamburg and owners of Uncle Paul’s Stuffed Pretzels, will be on an episode of Spike TV’s new series “Frankenfood.”

The couple competed on the show which features local amateur food innovators competing to get their unexpected food creations onto the menu of a popular local restaurant and win a cash grand prize. For the food to make it onto the show and into the competition, it had to be a creation that was made out of mixing unique and unusually paired ingredients according to a release from Spike TV. The show takes place in eight cities across the United States, including Philadelphia.

“We’re very pleased with how we did,” said Mike. “It was very exciting.”

“It was a cool experience, different,” added Katie. “We can look back and say we got on a TV show.”

As is common with television competition shows, the couple has already competed and filmed their episode, but cannot talk about much of the experience or the outcome of the show in case anything is given away. Even just making it to the point of filming and competing is quite the accomplishment.

“We’ve done a lot in our career and we’re onto bigger and better things,” said Katie. “We hope it opens more doors for us.”

The couple travels with their two daughters to various fairs including Hamburg-er Festival, Bloomsburg Fair and Schuylkill County Fair beginning in April and ending around October so the chance to be on “Frankenfood” came at the perfect time. Competing on the show was also a great opportunity to spread the word on the food the couple makes. Because the show features unique creations, the couple was not able to do the same type of food that many in the area are so fond of and look forward to in the warmer months.

“We tested a bunch of things out,” said Katie.

“The concept was unusually paired ingredients so it had to be strange but good,” said Mike.

The couple is not able to say what their dish was or named, but those interested will be able to tune into the program to see what Katie and Mike created and the other creations. At this time there is not a set date of when the episode will air, but The Item will be updated when a date is set.

Uncle Paul’s Stuffed Pretzels began in 2012, but Mike has been making pretzels since 2003. Both Katie and Mike were working in the corporate world and decided it was time for a change and began the business. During the summer the family travels and sees many repeat customers that have been waiting to get their hands on one of the pretzels from Uncle Paul’s.

“We saw it last year,” said Mike on repeat customers making a stop at the truck.

“It’s flattering that people will travel to see us,” said Katie.

At this point, the family has a system of who does what in the truck to get the food prepared as quickly and efficiently as possible. Everything served is made fresh right there in the truck. It is during busy times, like the lines at Hamburg-er Festival, that the system really comes into play to get the product to the customers as soon as possible.

This past year’s Hamburg-er Festival opened many doors for the couple. Uncle Paul’s Stuff Pretzels won “Best Burger Originality” and “Best Burger Grand Champion.” Because of their win, they were able to compete at the World Food Championships in Las Vegas.

“Which was awesome,” said Katie.

The seven categories had 50 competitors and of the 50 in their category, Uncle Paul’s Stuffed Pretzels finished at 13.

As if there was not enough excitement with the awards and competitions, Katie and Mike are also opening a stand at Leesport Farmers. Fans of Uncle Paul’s will be able to get their fix as soon as the stand is ready to go and opened. Uncle Paul’s will also be in The Item office with samples during Our Town Foundation’s first ever Wine Walk on Friday March 14 from 6 to 8 p.m.

To keep up with Uncle Paul’s Stuff Pretzels, which is also available for catering and fundraisers, visit them on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/UnclePaulsStuffedPretzles and on Twitter at twitter.com/stuffedpretzels. Keeping following The Item for the airdate of “Frankenfood” featuring Hamburg’s own Katie and Mike.

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About the Author

Shea Singley

Shea Singley is the editor of The Hamburg Area Item. She grew up in Berks County and spent three years at the University of Arizona, Tucson, where she double majored in Creative Writing and English before transferring to Kutztown University where she majored in Professional Writing. Shea graduated from Kutztown University in 2012 and during that time completed an internship in the publication department of a non-profit organization in Washington, DC. She joined Berks-Mont Newspapers in March of 2013 and had enjoyed getting the chance to explore the Hamburg area and meet the readers. Reach the author at ssingley@berksmontnews.com or follow Shea on Twitter: @hamburgitem.