June 27, 2013 |
Here's what some area chefs had to say about the Food Network's decision not to renew Paula Deen's contract after her admission that she had used racial slurs in the past. Kevin Sbraga, chef owner of Sbraga restaurant: "I totally support Paula Deen. I think it's unfortunate the situation she was put in. . . . I think that stuff goes on more often than people know or think. People are coming down on her really hard ... I think [Food Network] took the appropriate measure - it's smart for them to protect their brand.
February 25, 2014 |
MOUNT HOLLY There are plenty of ways to honor Black History Month, but Sunday at Burlington County College was definitely one of the tastiest. Top chefs and South Jersey natives Kevin Sbraga, a Philadelphia restaurateur, and Tim Witcher, a former executive chef who is now a culinary arts teacher, teamed up at the college's Culinary Arts Center in Mount Holly to give cooking demonstrations. Called "A Taste of Soul," it was part of the college's monthlong celebration recognizing the contributions of African Americans.
October 13, 2011
* Come Monday, the fryer will finally, uh, fry at long-awaited Federal Donuts (1219 S. 2nd St., 267-687-8258), Michael Solomonov and Steven Cook's ode to doughnuts and fried chicken. The mostly takeout place will have breakfast, lunch and dinner, 7 a.m.-8 p.m. daily. There's BODHi Coffee on tap, too. Flavors such as Chile-Lime sugared and Nutella-Tehina-Pomegranate glazed promise to bring new meaning to the sacred circle of fried dough. Chickens, sold half and whole, likewise get a flavor makeover inspired by Korean-style fried bird.
February 8, 2014 |
Philly's Elmi wins 'Top Chef' Nicholas Elmi scored major national culinary cred for Philadelphia Tuesday night by winning the crown on Bravo's Season 11 Top Chef , following in the footsteps of the Season 7 winner, Philly's Kevin Sbraga. Elmi, the owner of Laurel, a new BYOB on East Passyunk, beat his final competitor Nina Compton, the St. Lucia-born chef de cuisine of Scarpetta Miami, in a multi-course showdown in Hawaii. But Elmi, the former chef at Le Bec-Fin and Rittenhouse Tavern, had some sous-chef help from homie Jason Cichonski, the Ela chef who was booted earlier in the show.
March 12, 2014 |
MARC SUMMERS has hit a milestone. The part-time Philly resident, known for his hosting work on everything from "Double Dare" to the Food Network's popular program "Unwrapped," will have his 25th show hit the air when "Rewrapped" premieres on the Food Network on April 21. "Rewrapped" is a competition show hosted by former 'NSync -er Joey Fatone . Three contestants are tasked with recreating a famous snack food - including Tastykakes....
June 23, 2011 |
Nine months after winning the seventh season of Bravo's Top Chef , Kevin Sbraga has signed a lease for his own restaurant. The upscale casual Sbraga is pegged for this fall at 440 S. Broad St., in the Symphony House space at the corner of Broad and Pine Streets that last housed Chew Man Chu. "I call it a personal rendition of American food," says Sbraga, who lives in the Willingboro house in which he grew up. "I learned during ...
May 23, 2013
This is an excerpt from Craig LaBan's online chat of May 21, 2013: Craig LaBan: I was tied up last week with the aftermath of The Inquirer's Fourth Annual Brew-vitational Competition for local beers - tasting 49 beers from 26 breweries with eight judges - you'll learn our winners next week in the May 30 Food section. Here's a photo before the competition of a bucket of local pilsners - a new category this year - chilling before they hit the judges' table. In terms of chat topics, this is likely at the top: the Le Bec Fin era really is finally about to end. This Philly institution has had more comeback sequels than Rocky.
May 9, 2014 |
East Passyunk is building quite the collection of white-tablecloth joints, including Paradiso, Noord, Fond, Will, and Laurel. Its newest is Townsend (1632 E. Passyunk Ave., 267-639-3203), an elegant French bistro on two floors of a onetime rowhouse last known as Sophia's. Its namesake is chef Townsend "Tod" Wentz, the Lacroix and Four Seasons alum who won two bells for his work at McCrossen's Tavern. Wentz uses classic techniques for what is now a small menu that will grow (rabbit pot-a-feu, seared Icelandic cod, wild striped bass, all priced in the mid-$20s)
April 9, 2014 |
TAN MOM has not yet burnt to a crisp, and now she wants to get in the ring. Patricia Krentcil gained national notoriety and became a favorite of Howard Stern after taking her 5-year-old daughter to the tanning salon. Because our society is such that it is, Krentcil is still on the publicity-hound circuit, this time hooking up with celebrity-boxing promoter Damon Feldman . But Feldman is looking for an opponent for the leathery lady. Want a chance to win $5,000 on a Tan Mom TKO (take home $1,000 for a win, $500 for just stepping into the ring)