Dan Gross: S. Philly's Christina Wilson wins on "Hell's Kitchen"

Christina Wilson, a Jersey girl who calls South Philly home, is the winner of "Hell's Kitchen," which means she'll be a chef for Gordon Ramsay in Las Vegas.
Christina Wilson, a Jersey girl who calls South Philly home, is the winner of "Hell's Kitchen," which means she'll be a chef for Gordon Ramsay in Las Vegas.
Posted: September 12, 2012

CONGRATULATIONS to South Philly's Christina Wilson, who won Fox's "Hell's Kitchen" Monday night and a job as head chef of Gordon Ramsay Steak at the Paris Las Vegas Hotel.

Wilson, 32, watched the finale at the Fox Eco Party in Culver City, Calif. We couldn't reach her Monday, but the Phillipsburg, N.J., native told us in May that she had cried herself to sleep on "more than one night" while away shooting the series. But Wilson, who attended West Chester and Temple on basketball scholarships, credited her competitive sports background with helping her deal with the pressure of competition and cameras in her face.

Many locals suspected that maybe Wilson had won "Hell's Kitchen" when she quit as chef at Mercato (1216 Spruce) right as the season began. Wilson had previously cooked at Lolita (106 S. 13th) and Carmine's Creole (5 Brookline) in Havertown.

Since leaving Mercato, Wilson said she had been working private events in town and down the Shore.

West Philly native Barbie Marshall was one of the final four contestants in "Hell's Kitchen" and ended up on the team of Wilson's opponent Justin Antiorio, helping him cook in the finale.

Feldman, Lohan on TV court

You know how when the Giants and Cowboys play each other, Eagle fans wish both teams could lose?

That's how some people will feel when Celebrity Boxing Federation promoter Damon Feldman takes Michael Lohan, the press-hungry father of actress Lindsay Lohan, to court on "Judge Alex."

Feldman is off to Los Angeles to shoot the courtroom show Thursday. He claims Lohan owes him $5,000 for failing to show up at three boxing appearances in Florida and California.

"We have to go on there; it's the only way I have a chance at getting my money," Feldman says of going on the court show, which we believe covers the damages if any are awarded on the program.

Lohan did not return a request for comment Monday.

Feldman previously appeared on " Judge Pirro" after he was sued by Tailor Made from VH1's "I Love New York." Feldman emerged victorious in that case.

Charitably minded . . .

Radio friends of 98.1 WOGL's Joe Mama are expected to attend a fundraiser Tuesday night for the family of the DJ, who suffered a serious head injury in July.

Joe Mama, whose real name is David Redpath, has been recupperating since then. Starting at 5 p.m. Tuesday, friends like Diego Ramos, Glenn Kalina, Brian Soscia, Tommy McCarthy, Frank Cerami and Bob Stei are scheduled to be at the Aloft Hotel in Cherry Hill. DJs Gino Caporale, Robbie Tronco, Robbie Robb, Mike Wills, Howie T, Tony Bruno, Perry Angelozzi and Jack Daly will provide music, and Jade Starling and Whey Cooler, of Pretty Poison, and Debra Michael will perform.

* And speaking of WOGL, its 11th annual 98.1 WOGL Loves Our Kids Radiothon raised $658,272, taking the 11-year total to $5.5 million for the Children's Miracle Network at Children's Hospital of Philadelphia.

Phillies skipper Charlie Manuel and fiancee Missy Martin stopped by CHOP Thursday to visit kids and went on air to ask listeners for donations.

OUT AND ABOUT

Darren Daulton brought a party of seven to Scannicchio's (Broad & Porter) before Saturday's rained-out Phillies game.

The former catcher, who went for veal picante and sausage and figs, and pals were heading to the game after dinner, at which he signed a couple of autographs.

* Sacramento Kings forward  

Jason Thompson was among guests mingling with 17 Days of Fashion executive director/celebrity stylist Anthony Henderson at the Piazza the other night for the festival's closing tent show.

Writer in 3 big mags

Cherry Hill-native writer Brett Forrest has three articles in high-profile publications this week. He profiles a Russian mathematician for Playboy, covers USC for ESPN and writes about an Internet phone company for Bloomberg Business Week. Forrest's dad is former KYW-TV sportscaster Mike Forrest, who worked there from 1974 to 1980. Brett is about to move to Kiev, Russia. For more info, visit BrettForrest.com.


Contact Dan Gross at grossd@phillynews.com or 215-854-5963. Follow him on Twitter @PhillyGossip or at Facebook.com/

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