February 13, 2015 |
A year ago, many at Holy Trinity Regional School knew Andrew Zappley as an outgoing student with a big personality, but few knew about his private passion - cooking. Now there is scarcely a student or teacher who doesn't know, and the school community has come together to cheer on the 12-year-old chef as he bakes, dices, and sears his way through the MasterChef Junior competition in the hope of winning the TV show's $100,000 prize. Tuesday night, teachers, parents, and students gathered in the Westville school's gym to watch the prerecorded episode of Andrew leading his blue team to victory in the "Restaurant Takeover" challenge, which had the young chefs running the kitchen of a Los Angeles fine-dining restaurant.
January 16, 2015
OSCAR nominations arrived with a hashtag yesterday. #OscarsSoWhite spent the day circling the Twitterverse, inciting snarky-to- angry commentary from media socialites both small and large over the dearth of African-American nominees, particularly in the director and actor categories. No surprise, though, that Hollywood itself stayed silent. Silent, save cinematographer Dick Pope . At the very least, he was on hand to respond to Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences President Cheryl Boone 's unfortunate mispronunciation of his name.
June 25, 2014 |
Clooney meets the mom . . . We've said it about scores of his ex-girlfriends, but George Clooney 's latest belle, fiancee Amal Alamuddin , 36, really may lead him down the aisle after all. Clooney, 53, spent this weekend with Amal and her mom, Baria Alamuddin , at his villa on Lake Como, Italy, People reports. "They were outside, and Amal and her mom were smiling," Anonymous Source tells the mag. "Amal's mom left the next day, and at the airport they just looked so happy.
January 30, 2014 |
Kimye wedding will be on TV! Good news for those who were heartbroken that the birth of Kim Kardashian 's baby North wasn't simulcast live on network TV: Kim and North's papa, Kanye West , will televise their wedding! So claims Anonymous Source , who tells RadarOnline that scenes from the June Paris wedding will be shown on E!'s Keeping Up With the Kardashians . The best part: E! will pay for the multimillion-dollar sideshow. The source says E!'s offer to pick up the tab clinched the deal for Kanye.
March 13, 2013 |
If the accents coming out of the television during the 11th season of the Fox cooking competition Hell's Kitchen sound familiar, that's because at least five of the 20 chefs have ties to the Philadelphia area. The premiere is 8 p.m. Tuesday. "Oh, there was a lot of Philly there," said Zach Womack, 34, of West Philadelphia, a cook at The Cambridge on South Street.Also competing are Jacqueline Baldassari, 27, of Florence, Burlington County, executive chef at Ivy Inn in Princeton; Drexel University student Cyndi Stanimirov, 25, of Willingboro, a chef at the Madison in Riverside, Burlington County; Brasserie Perrier alumnus Michael Langdon, 33, of Hanover, Pa., executive chef at Huntsville Golf Club in Shavertown, Luzerne County; and Allentown native Jessica Lewis, 26, who left a finance career with Vanguard in Malvern and now cooks at Bagatelle NYC. A sixth chef - if you count York, Pa. - is Jon Scallion, 27. Early buzz has the solidly built, bearded Womack playing a key role in the season, whose premiere - including cooking sequences - was taped before an audience in Las Vegas.
June 1, 2012
"I cried myself to sleep on more than one night," chef Christina Wilson said about the pressure of shooting "Hell's Kitchen," the new season of which premieres on Fox at 8 p.m. Monday. While it was an intense experience, Wilson, of South Philly, who attended West Chester and Temple on basketball scholarships, says her competitive sports background helped her deal with the pressure of competition and cameras in her face all the time. "Yes, he has a mouth; yes, he's intense, but this is a man who has mastered this craft.
May 18, 2012 |
Former CBS 3 anchor/reporter Tamsen Fadal and husband Matt Titus are divorcing after nearly five years of marriage. The pair started a matchmaking business called Love Consultants, have written several relationship books together and appear regularly on TV talking about love and giving advice. Fadal and Titus now live in New York, where she works as morning anchor on PIX11, but they met in Philadelphia when Fadal worked for CBS3 and Titus was a trainer and briefly owned a cosmetic enhancement salon.
March 27, 2012 |
STELLA , THE BUXOM host of "Saturday Night Dead" on KYW-TV from 1984 to 1990, was inducted into the HorrorHound Hall of Fame at the annual convention in Columbus, Ohio, over the weekend. Stella, the "Maneater from Manayunk" a/k/a Karen Scioli , was excited to meet fellow horror Elvira , Mistress of the Dark, and have what she called, "A meeting of the cleavage," but was disappointed that Elvira didn't show up in character and was inducted under her real name, Cassandra Peterson . Stella now works on "Goth Mothers of Transylvania," which can be found on YouTube.
March 26, 2012
Who: Manager and co-owner with her husband, Greg Russell, of West Philly's Zocalo restaurant, featured on "Kitchen Nightmares," 8-10 p.m. Friday on Fox. From: Morelia, central Mexico Now: Williamstown, N.J. Age: 49 Kitchen connection: Mary and her chef-husband met as employees at Zocalo in the '90s. She made the tortillas and chips. He worked the line. In 2008, they bought the place. Having a 'Nightmare': The Russells aren't sure how chef Gordon Ramsay's producers found them, but the couple are glad they did. "It's necessary sometimes for someone to come and teach you how to run a business," said Mary.
March 19, 2012
Who: Tommy DeFino. Co-owner (with wife Dina) of Chiarella's Ristorante on Passyunk Avenue, and subject of "Kitchen Nightmares," Friday 8-10 p.m. on Fox. Age: 47 From: South Philly Now: South Philly School: A graduate of St. Monica's and St. John Neumann, he went to Temple, for a while. He explained: "I had a bad temper and got kicked out. I should've been a judge or a lawyer. " Watch for: His dramatic scene atop the Ritz-Carlton hotel, face-to-face with Billy Penn (and Chef Gordon Ramsay)