December 23, 2015 |
The Philadelphia is heavily represented in the upcoming season of Gordon Ramsay's "Hell's Kitchen," which premieres at 9 p.m. Jan. 15 on Fox. Of 18 new chefs, three are from Philly and three others are from Upper Darby, Atlantic City and Lancaster, respectively. At stake - and likely at steak, too - is a head chef post at BLT Steak at Bally's Las Vegas. Contestants will face challenges such as a (rubber) duck hunting competition, preparing dishes for 100 high school students, a catered wedding reception for "Hell's Kitchen" sous chef Andi Van Willigan, and the fan-favorite blind taste test challenge.
November 13, 2015 |
It might be be "Overkill," but musician Colin Hay is asking folks coming to his concert Saturday to spiff it up a bit. "I don't want any shorts in the front row," he said. The Scottish-Australian singer/songwriter, perhaps best known as the lead vocalist of Men at Work, will perform at 8 p.m. at the Keswick Theatre (291 N. Keswick Ave., Glenside). He wouldn't share details of the performance, but it will feature stuff from his 12th solo album, "Next Year People. " He promised that if you make the effort, he will.
October 29, 2015 |
For those who feel the warmth for Bradley Cooper , it's now official: He is so hot, he actually caught on fire. His latest film, in which he plays a chef (and which opens Friday), is called "Burnt," and, it seems, he was. In fact, both he and co-star Sienna Miller needed medical attention on the as-real-as-a-real-kitchen set. "There is the intensity of the kitchen in the movie," Cooper said. "Massive amounts of pressure, time pressure. It's hot and dangerous, and you better keep up. There's a lot of burning.
October 26, 2015 |
In Burnt , opening Friday, Bradley Cooper is Adam Jones, a culinary star desperate for a comeback after torpedoing his career with drugs, drink, and insufferable arrogance. The dramedy, directed by John Wells, costars Daniel Brühl (restaurateur), Sienna Miller (rising chef), Emma Thompson (therapist), Uma Thurman (food critic), and Alicia Vikander (ex-lover). The cuisine is decidedly haute, and the scenes in the London restaurant where Cooper's Jones barks orders are perfect down to the last wisp of truffle pomme puree.
March 4, 2015 |
IT'S NO SECRET that Philly is a foodie town, so I imagine plenty of our readers will be tuning in to Fox 29 tonight to catch Season 14 of "Hell's Kitchen," starring grueling gourmand Gordon Ramsay . Two Philly locals will compete among 18 others for a chance at a cash prize and to be given a top spot in one of Ramsay's kitchens. "When I met him, I was in awe," said Christine Hazel , 32, originally from Levittown but a transplant to Philly three years ago. Not long after relocating, Hazel took over as the chef adviser to Chickie's & Pete's locations in Philly and South Jersey.
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.