Dan Gross: Love recipe sours

Posted: August 03, 2011

CHEF MICHAEL Schulson, owner of Center City hotspot Sampan (124 S. 13th) and Izakaya at the Borgata in Atlantic City, and his wife, Jill, a business attorney at the Obermayer firm, have separated and are getting a divorce, say friends of Schulson.

The chef, host of three TV shows - TLC's "Ultimate Cake Off," Style network's "Pantry Raid" and Discovery Channel's "Go Ahead, Make My Dinner" - recently has been spending a fair amount of time around town with Wojdak lobbyist Nina Tinari, a former special assistant to Gov. Ed Rendell.

Tinari declined to comment on the nature of her relationship with Schulson, who also isn't talking. Jill Schulson did not return a request for comment we sent yesterday.

The couple has two children.


Mike Tyson, his Philly-raised bride Lakiha Spicer-Tyson and their daughter stayed at Resorts over the weekend during an Atlantic City vacation. Tyson dined with hotel owner Dennis Gomes and VP Aaron Gomes at Gallagher's and with his family at the Asian Spice and Capriccio restaurants during their stay. Iron Mike also did some gambling. Also in A.C., LOGO's "A-List" members Austin, Derek, Ryan, Reichen, Rodiney and Nyasha partied at Resorts' Prohibition nightclub Sunday and also went for spa treatments and two shows, Diva's in a Man's World and Cirque Risque the Naked Circus. Carlos Ruiz stopped late Saturday at Cuba Libre (10 S. 2nd). After learning the kitchen had already closed, Chooch spent a little time on the dance floor. Yesterday we said Josh Groban dined at Buddakan (325 Chestnut) Thursday while here for his Wells Fargo Center show. The singer, who also toured the Mutter Museum, actually dined at Morimoto (723 Chestnut).

LaBelle sings at rites

Patti LaBelle sang at Friday's funeral of her friend Joyce Parker, the namesake of Ms. Tootsie's (1312 South), the soul-food restaurant her son KeVen Parker owns. The service was held at the Triumph Baptist Church in Nicetown where Parker's casket was surrounded by an ornate floral display by Ten Pennies (1921 S. Broad).

Garces looks west

"Iron Chef" Jose Garces, who has five local restaurants, has been named executive chef in charge of food and beverage at The Drinkwater, in Scottsdale, Ariz., a new boutique hotel. He'll offer versions of his Distrito and Garces Trading Company among other accommodations there.

N.J. family reality show

"Thicker Than Water: The Marinos," a reality show that follows seven South Jersey couples and their children - all related - premieres on Bravo at 11 p.m. Aug. 21. Local entertainment lawyer Lloyd Zane Remick represented the entire Marino clan in its Bravo deal.

Party with Jonesy

"Basketball Wives" cast mate Royce Reed hosts Power 99 DJ Jonesy's Summer Soiree party Friday at the Waterview Lounge (1020 N. Delaware). For tix, visit jonesypower99.eventbrite.com.

?uestlove at NABJ bash

Roots leader ?uestlove will DJ, as will Power 99's DJ Diamond Kuts, at the Philly LOVE party for the National Association of Black Journalists Friday night at the Electric Factory. Kindred the Family Soul and famed poet Sonia Sanchez will also perform. The party starts at 10:30 p.m. For ticket info, visit nabj.org.

Web for WHAT fans

Scott Krieger, who runs

MontcoRadio.net, called yesterday after reading our story on the demise of 1340 WHAT-AM, to ask us to remind listeners that the oldies and standards they loved on WHAT can be heard on his site.

Personalities include local radio veterans Charlie Bennett, Kim Martin, Dennis John Cahill and John Shomby.

Visit PhillyGossip.com for Dan's latest updates or follow @PhillyGossip on Twitter. Have a tip? Call 215-854-5963, or email grossd@phillynews.com. For recent columns,

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