Dan Gross: Georges Perrier: 'I'm not a bum, yet.'

Posted: November 21, 2012

"YOU CAN TELL everybody I'm not a bum, yet. I'm fine. Don't worry," assured chef Georges Perrier when we asked about his estate sale, held over the weekend at his Chestnut Hill mansion.

The famed Frenchman said he unloaded lots of huge copper pots and other cookware from Le Bec-Fin (1523 Walnut), which he sold to Nicolas Fanucci in March.

Two of Perrier's longtime assistants ran the sale. Perrier was there, too, with a small poodle named Isabel. Philly.Curbed.com has reported that his house was for sale but taken off the market in October. Last asking price was $2.5 million.

Perrier told us he plans to put the house back on the market next spring, but he's staying put for now.

The restaurateur still owns Georges' (503 E. Lancaster) in Wayne and the Art of Bread in Narberth (920 Montgomery), but says he has been trying to relax for the first time since he opened Le Bec-Fin 42 years ago. He plans to do some traveling, but for now he's just "resting."

Local lands Disney deal

Berwyn native Zach Fox is hosting a new practical-joke show called "Just Kidding" on Disney XD. The network also has ordered a pilot featuring the Conestoga High grad, based on his high-school days, which ended when he graduated in June. We spoke with Fox on Tuesday while he was at LAX waiting for a plane back home.

He said he's wanted to be a comedian since he was 12 and a students at Saligman Middle School in Elkins Park. His family has always supported his dream. He signed with talent agent Justine Hunt last year and ended up inking a deal with Disney in October 2011, just before applying to colleges near L.A.

He's just turned in a pilot for "The Zach Fox Project," which he is "really confident" will be picked up. Fox caught Disney's eye through his popular YouTube videos for which he interviews people on the street, sometimes in his underwear.

Bob Dylan orders Indian

Tashan (777 S. Broad) provided a huge delivery order to Bob Dylan before his Wells Fargo Center show Monday night. An online order was placed for multiple orders of naan, tandoori shrimp, lamb chops, sausage, Afghani chicken kabab and the like, all of which was to be delivered to the venue specially for "Mr. Dylan."

Bourdain's Philly episode airs

The Travel Channel announced an air date for the Philadelphia episode of "The Layover with Anthony Bourdain," which shot here over the summer. It will premiere at 9 p.m. Dec. 3.

While in the area, the ever-traveling chef/food writer visited Zahav, Dirty Frank's, the Pen & Pencil, Han Dynasty, Paesano's, Stateside, Amis and Di Bruno's.

Matthews was in Style

Chris Matthews said he was relieved that there was a clear winner and not a lot of drama surrounding the presidential election results. We spoke with the Nicetown native and MSNBC host Monday at a Philadelphia Style party at Barclay Prime (237 S. 18th). Matthews is on the cover of the new issue. At the event, he mixed and mingled, posed for photos and talked politics.

Guests included Chris' brother, Montgomery County politician Jim Matthews; Philadelphia City Councilman Kenyatta Johnson; state Sen. Larry Farnese; Fox 29's Mike Jerrick; restaurateur Stephen Starr, owner of Barclay Prime; and real-estate mogul Allan Domb, a partner in Starr Restaurants.

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