September 15, 2010 |
Willingboro's Kevin Sbraga - who's cooked at some of the hottest restaurants in the region - was named winner of the seventh season of the Bravo series Top Chef . Sbraga, 31, watched the taped final episode Wednesday at the North Philadelphia restaurant Osteria among a private party including his wife, Jesmary, and two children. His prizes are $125,000, a spread in Food & Wine magazine, and a showcase at the magazine's annual event in Aspen, Colo. The season, set in Washington, D.C., moved to Singapore for the last two episodes.
September 17, 2010 |
Early mornings are nothing new to a baker's son. As Thursday dawned, chef Kevin Sbraga faced not a hot oven but a media scrum: A dozen media outlets on the line, a photo session for Food & Wine magazine, and promotional videos to be shot for Bravo, the cable network. Wednesday night, Sbraga - who lives with his wife and kids in his childhood home in Willingboro - was announced as the winner of the seventh season of Top Chef after outlasting 16 competitors in the weekly series of cooking challenges.
September 30, 2010 |
On the Bravo kitchen-competition series Top Chef , the cheftestants are charged with creating cutting-edge food on the spur of the moment. Two weeks after his win on Season 7, Kevin Sbraga had us out to his real kitchen - in the childhood Willingboro home he shares with his pastry-chef wife, Jesmary, daughter Jenae, 5, and newborn son Angelo. Mealtime at the Sbragas' place is nothing fancy, and the Top Chef, 31, cooks on an electric stovetop. One of his favorite dishes is a one-pot creation of steamed clams and Italian sausage on top of chickpeas, perfect for Sunday after church.
October 6, 2012
Adele does 007: James Bond theme 'Skyfall' debuts From Dan DeLuca's "In the Mix" at www.philly.com/inthemix James Bond routinely saves the world, and Adele has saved the music industry, or at least kept it on life support by selling more than 20 million copies of her Grammy-winning sophomore album, 21 . So it stands to reason the two British belters would wind up in each other's company. Adele's theme song to the Daniel Craig-starring Skyfall , which opens in theaters Nov. 9, was released Thursday.
September 14, 2010 |
IT'S PRETTY HARD not to recognize former Sixers center Dikembe Mutombo . But Dana Spain , president of Philadelphia Animal Welfare Society, says that she couldn't figure out why the 7-foot-2 passenger she spoke French with Sunday on a flight from Paris looked so familiar. Spain, who also works in branding and marketing, said that she and Mutombo talked real estate, including how he hasn't been able to sell his home in Villanova, and only when they traded business cards at PHL baggage claim did Spain get "clued into the fact that I'm a total f---ing idiot," she told us yesterday.
February 8, 2007 |
If love has a flavor, it is surely chocolate. For generations, chocolate has served as a token of affection, an aphrodisiac, a prelude to romance. Yet few know its culinary merit beyond candy and desserts. More chefs are using chocolate in new ways, as a savory ingredient in appetizers, soups, salads and even entrees. Dark and bittersweet, chocolate brings out complex flavors in roasting sauces, says Kevin Sbraga, chef de cuisine at the Ritz-Carlton's Grill. Milder white chocolate (mainly cocoa butter)
March 5, 2009 |
For all the clattering, sizzling and bravado that courses through the reality series Top Chef, yesterday's Philadelphia casting call had - well - none of that. Those hoping for a chance to wow the judges in the Bravo show's sixth season patiently waited their turn under crystal chandeliers at hushed banquet tables at Nineteen restaurant at the Park Hyatt at the Bellevue. (Well, there was a little snippiness, as three hopefuls snickered when a guy in a lavishly embroidered and highly starched chef's jacket walked in.)
June 26, 2008 |
Guillermo Tellez and Rob Boone, veterans of Charlie Trotter's in Chicago and the top hands in Striped Bass' kitchen at the end of its run, have surfaced in Chester County after buying the old Northbrook Orchards and installing a market/cafe. Their wives, Christine Boone and Leslie Tellez, work with them. Starting July 8, they plan to offer fixed-price dinners ($65 a person, reservations required) at their 24-seat chef's table upstairs. What's new Braddock's Tavern (39 S. Main St., Medford, 609-654-1604)
June 19, 2012 |
Colin Farrell had a happy Fathers Day weekend. The actor, still shooting mob drama "Dead Man Down" in town and his young son ran and played in the grass at Independence Mall Saturday evening. The pair spent some time in the Independence Visitors Center where they were largely unnoticed until an employee at the refreshment stand called out, "That's Colin Farell," and his co-worker asked the movie star, "Hey, what's your name?"Keeping it cool, Farrell passed by without breaking stride and said "The name is Colin.
January 28, 2010 |
Effective next week, the short-lived Di Vino Wine Bar just off Rittenhouse Square gives way to Cichetteria 19 (267 S. 19th St., 215-545-0441), a Venetian-inspired small-plater. New partner/executive chef Andrea Luca Rossi, a onetime gondolier in Venice and previously manager at the nearby Girasole, has retained sous chef Shiah Blau. The cozy atmosphere is aimed at the neighborhood, and the plan is to obtain local and organic ingredients. Most dishes, intended to be paired with 2.5-ounce wine samplings or cocktails, are $8 or $9, while pizzas are in the mid-teens; see menu at http://go.