January 19, 2015 |
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.
March 28, 1999 |
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.
October 18, 2005 |
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?"
June 26, 2002 |
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)
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 13, 1991 |
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.
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.
July 21, 2010 |
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.
May 25, 2003 |
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!
March 28, 1988 |
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.