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)
March 1, 2012
Philly restaurants worth visiting, local chefs worth following - based on TV worth watching. 1. "Iron Chef" Jose Garces Philly's most televised chef won't be slowing down any time soon. But you can, at J.G. Domestic, his laid-back American joint in Cira Centre. 2929 Arch St., 215-222-2363, www.jgdomestic.com . 2. Good Dog Bar Locals love the cheese-stuffed burger. Guy Fieri of "Diners, Drive-ins and Dives" goes for the duck pot pie. 224 S. 15th St., 215-985-9600, www.gooddogbar.com . 3. Kevin Sbraga "Top Chef" season 7 winner wins again with his months-old rustic-chic bistro.
January 19, 2012 |
Emily Lopez, a junior working toward her interior-design degree at Drexel University, was making a presentation at a high drafting table the other day, with preliminary plans of a restaurant space unfurled before her. Her assignment, for the sake of this class, was to design a restaurant for hothead celebrity chef Gordon Ramsay, in, of all places, Suburban Square. Her professor, Chris Sheffield of SLDesign in Kensington, is teaching his specialty, restaurant design, from conception to opening night.
November 16, 2011 |
PATTI LaBELLE 'S attorney has labeled as "frivolous on its face" a suit filed in New York against the singer that seeks damages for injury and alleges that she threw water at a mother and her baby, screamed at them, and tried to punch the mother. Allen Arrow, who has represented the soulful songbird for more than 40 years, says, "Unfortunately, this is another case of individuals and their attorney targeting someone who is in the public eye. "Above all else I can say with complete certainty that she is a loving mother and a caring human being who adores children.
September 1, 2011
Here is an excerpt from Craig LaBan's online chat: Reader: Gut feeling, how do you think Tryst will be received? C.L. : I've been out of town since Tryst opened as a replacement for Le Bar Lyonnais below Le Bec, so obviously, I haven't had a chance yet to visit. I think it's a good idea to give Le Bec a fresh draw - even downstairs - and chef Nicholas Elmi certainly has the talent worth highlighting. Lyonnais was a great spot for well-cooked bistro classics (quenelles, steak frites, etc.)