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January 19, 2015 | By Sofiya Ballin, Inquirer Staff Writer
Personal chef Christopher Lee Abbott, also known as Chef Kristov, is passionate about healthy, tasty cuisine - even working two acres of farmland on a co-op in Delaware to cultivate fresh ingredients to use in his dishes. Born and raised in Philadelphia, Abbott, 49, learned to cook from watching his grandmother in the kitchen. He also worked alongside Keven Parker back when Parker was his neighbor and operating a catering business from his basement before opening Ms. Tootsie's Restaurant Bar and Lounge on South Street.
FOOD
March 28, 1999 | By Deborah Scoblionkov, FOR THE INQUIRER
Jean-Marie Lacroix was 19 when he was drafted into the military and assigned to Algeria as a paratrooper during the North African country's war of independence from France. He reluctantly completed 15 ambush missions before someone finally took notice of his real talents. One day he was ordered to report to the captain. As he stood at attention before his commander, he recalled being interrogated about his past. Was it true that he was trained as a chef? "Yes," he responded.
NEWS
October 18, 2005 | By Andy Borowitz
North Korean madman Kim Jong-Il created a firestorm of controversy today by naming a non-madman to succeed him as president, prompting critics to question whether his nominee possessed the qualifications to replace one of the world's most insane leaders. At a news conference in Pyongyang, the mercurial Kim introduced his hand-picked successor, Kyung Hwa Chim, who has been his personal chef for the last 35 years. But even as a beaming Kim praised his nominee's credentials, critics combed Chim's record looking for any evidence of insanity and came up empty, causing many to wonder if the seemingly sane Chim was truly qualified for the job. Speaking on condition of anonymity for fear of being thrown into the core of a nuclear reactor, one such critic said, "With all of the insane people in Kim's government, why would you pick a non-lunatic with no madman experience whatsoever?"
ENTERTAINMENT
June 26, 2002 | REGINA MEDINA Daily News wire services contributed to this report
IT'S A classic case of "They said, they said. " Philly rappers The Roots are defending themselves against an eyebrow-raising item published in yesterday's New York Post, alleging the group had "pulled a prima-donna act" during a weekend party in the Hamptons. The Page Six item said The Roots had "stormed offstage" miffed that they didn't have a personal chef or enough rooms at the Sony house in Southampton. (According to the band's Web site, www.okayplayer.com, the group was performing at a house managed by Sony)
ENTERTAINMENT
May 18, 2012 | Dan Gross
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.
FOOD
March 13, 1991 | by Maria Gallagher, Daily News Staff Writer
Where does internationally known chef and cooking teacher Jacques Pepin eat when he comes to Philadelphia? "I go where people take me, basically," the easygoing Pepin said with a laugh yesterday, after a City Hall press conference to promote The Book and The Cook. Pepin, 55, is the biggest marquee name in this year's edition of The Book and The Cook, scheduled for April 11-14. He is also this year's recipient of the city's Toque Award for his contributions to the culinary arts.
ENTERTAINMENT
February 9, 2012
* Ordering in to celebrate Valentine's Day just got a lot more romantic. All month, Brûlée Catering by heralded chef Jean-Marie Lacroix (the Four Seasons, the Rittenhouse Hotel's Lacroix) has a four-course dinner menu to deliver chez vous and your sweetie. Meal for two, $125; meal, table settings and a server, $300. Add a personal chef to prepare it in your kitchen and the bill for two is $500. The menu could include beef carpaccio with Montrachet Coeur, tenderloin filet with Madeira glaze and champagne sorbet.
NEWS
July 21, 2010 | By MICHAEL HINKELMAN, hinkelm@phillynews.com 215-854-2656
Accused scam artist Donald Anthony Young admitted in federal district court yesterday that he bilked investors of more than $20 million between 1999 and 2009 while running a financial firm that authorities said was really a Ponzi scheme. Young, 39, pleaded guilty to one count each of mail fraud and money laundering. U.S. District Judge Juan San-chez set sentencing for Oct. 28. Young, who has been living in Palm Beach, Fla., remains free on $200,000 secured bond. Young has also been sued in federal court by the Securities & Exchange Commission, and a federal judge has appointed a receiver to dispose of Young's assets and pay back investors.
NEWS
May 25, 2003 | By Wendy Walker INQUIRER SUBURBAN STAFF
It sounds like the opening line of a bad joke: A mime, a dance teacher, a personal chef, and a print-shop owner were having lunch one day . . . But they, along with about 150 other businesswomen, really did get together one recent Tuesday to eat chicken and asparagus and celebrate the 16th anniversary of the Women's Referral Network of Chester County. "The reason I like this group is, yes, we socialize and have lunch, but then it's bing, bing, bing, let's get things done. This is business, man!
NEWS
March 28, 1988 | By JIM NICHOLSON, Daily News Staff Writer
Services were to be held this morning for Frank "Pops" Abbruzzese, a retired chef who served his family a lifetime of happy memories. Abbruzzese, who died Thursday, was 84 and lived in South Philadelphia. A gourmet chef who began as a kitchen helper in the old Bellevue Stratford Hotel on South Broad Street, Abbruzzese had worked at a number of private clubs and restaurants, including the Sansom House, Hotel Gettysburg, the Blue Fox and the Engineers' Club. When he retired at age 81, he became personal chef of his extended family.
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NEWS
January 19, 2015 | By Sofiya Ballin, Inquirer Staff Writer
Personal chef Christopher Lee Abbott, also known as Chef Kristov, is passionate about healthy, tasty cuisine - even working two acres of farmland on a co-op in Delaware to cultivate fresh ingredients to use in his dishes. Born and raised in Philadelphia, Abbott, 49, learned to cook from watching his grandmother in the kitchen. He also worked alongside Keven Parker back when Parker was his neighbor and operating a catering business from his basement before opening Ms. Tootsie's Restaurant Bar and Lounge on South Street.
ENTERTAINMENT
May 18, 2012 | Dan Gross
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.
ENTERTAINMENT
February 9, 2012
* Ordering in to celebrate Valentine's Day just got a lot more romantic. All month, Brûlée Catering by heralded chef Jean-Marie Lacroix (the Four Seasons, the Rittenhouse Hotel's Lacroix) has a four-course dinner menu to deliver chez vous and your sweetie. Meal for two, $125; meal, table settings and a server, $300. Add a personal chef to prepare it in your kitchen and the bill for two is $500. The menu could include beef carpaccio with Montrachet Coeur, tenderloin filet with Madeira glaze and champagne sorbet.
FOOD
September 8, 2011 | By Michael Klein, PHILLY.COM/FOOD
Ivy Olesh left her full-time job at the Center City District when she became a mother eight months ago. But the former residential and retail outreach manager has kept a hand in at the office. Actually, both hands. All summer, Olesh, 28, has been holed up in her southwest Center City home two days a week, testing recipes for a free online cookbook that the district and partner Philly Homegrown will unveil Monday to coincide with Center City District Restaurant Week, which runs Sept.
NEWS
July 21, 2010 | By MICHAEL HINKELMAN, hinkelm@phillynews.com 215-854-2656
Accused scam artist Donald Anthony Young admitted in federal district court yesterday that he bilked investors of more than $20 million between 1999 and 2009 while running a financial firm that authorities said was really a Ponzi scheme. Young, 39, pleaded guilty to one count each of mail fraud and money laundering. U.S. District Judge Juan San-chez set sentencing for Oct. 28. Young, who has been living in Palm Beach, Fla., remains free on $200,000 secured bond. Young has also been sued in federal court by the Securities & Exchange Commission, and a federal judge has appointed a receiver to dispose of Young's assets and pay back investors.
ENTERTAINMENT
July 30, 2009 | HOWARD GENSLER Daily News wire services contributed to this report
EVERYONE WHO was near Michael Jackson in the days before his death is now coming forward with a story. Today: Michael's personal chef, Kai Chase. On the day Michael died, Kai told the Associated Press her first hint of something amiss was when Michael's private doctor, Conrad Murray, didn't come downstairs to get the juices and granola he routinely brought Michael for breakfast each morning. (Note to self: Check to see if health plan covers doctors who bring breakfast.
NEWS
January 4, 2007 | By Dianna Marder INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
We love it when parallel professions converge for the highest good of all concerned. Case in point: the personal chef and the professional masseuse. As Barbara and Eric Victor of Jenkintown recently discovered, pairing a meal and a massage at home can be heavenly - especially if the grandparents agree to babysit. So it was on a recent Friday evening when the staff of Mitch's Magnificent Meals and Handled With Care arrived simultaneously at the Victors' back door. Chef Mitch Small headed straight for the kitchen to prepare (among other items)
NEWS
October 18, 2005 | By Andy Borowitz
North Korean madman Kim Jong-Il created a firestorm of controversy today by naming a non-madman to succeed him as president, prompting critics to question whether his nominee possessed the qualifications to replace one of the world's most insane leaders. At a news conference in Pyongyang, the mercurial Kim introduced his hand-picked successor, Kyung Hwa Chim, who has been his personal chef for the last 35 years. But even as a beaming Kim praised his nominee's credentials, critics combed Chim's record looking for any evidence of insanity and came up empty, causing many to wonder if the seemingly sane Chim was truly qualified for the job. Speaking on condition of anonymity for fear of being thrown into the core of a nuclear reactor, one such critic said, "With all of the insane people in Kim's government, why would you pick a non-lunatic with no madman experience whatsoever?"
NEWS
May 25, 2003 | By Wendy Walker INQUIRER SUBURBAN STAFF
It sounds like the opening line of a bad joke: A mime, a dance teacher, a personal chef, and a print-shop owner were having lunch one day . . . But they, along with about 150 other businesswomen, really did get together one recent Tuesday to eat chicken and asparagus and celebrate the 16th anniversary of the Women's Referral Network of Chester County. "The reason I like this group is, yes, we socialize and have lunch, but then it's bing, bing, bing, let's get things done. This is business, man!
ENTERTAINMENT
March 27, 2003 | By HOWARD GENSLER gensleh@phillynews.com Daily News wire services contributed to this report
LENNY KRAVITZ is the latest singer to heed the cry of Daily News protest song reporter Catherine Lucey (March 24) and release a song in response to the war in Iraq. The straight-to-the-point "We Want Peace," available only at www.rockthevote.org, also features Iraqi pop singer Kadim Al Sahir, Palestinian musician Simon Shaheen and Jamey Hadded of Lebanon on percussion. "I came to Rock the Vote because of its strong stance with young people as defenders of free expression," Kravitz, said Tuesday.
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