October 9, 2013 |
WHEN YOU'RE competing on a hit reality-TV show like Bravo's "Top Chef," and the season (11) has just begun, you can't say much. Local competitors Jason Cichonski and Nick Elmi, both incredibly talented (and not too bad on the eyes, either) chef-restaurateurs, can't say how long they filmed the show (although according to insiders, it's eight weeks). Elmi and Cichonski can't say if or when they got eliminated. They sure can't say if one of them won. On the other hand, if you've already won Bravo TV's "Top Chef," you can pretty much talk all you want.
September 27, 2013 |
Two young talents are the latest Philadelphia chefs to try their luck at reality TV in hopes of launching themselves as culinary stars before a nation of celeb-hungry viewers. Jason Cichonski and Nicholas Elmi, both of whom have cooked at some of the finest restaurants in the city, will be competing against each other and 15 other contestants from around the country on Top Chef , Bravo's popular cooking show that returns for its 11th season on Oct. 2. Cichonski, 29, is the chef and co-owner of Ela Restaurant in Queen Village and previously was executive chef at the Rittenhouse Hotel.
April 26, 2013
* Eating well to fight hunger is also the theme for a six-course dinner "Top Chef" Kevin Sbraga is putting together at his restaurant Sbraga (440 S. Broad St., 215-735-1913, Sbraga.com ) with a stellar lineup of local chefs May 14. Nicholas Elmi, Walter Abrams, Shola Olunloyo, Jonathan Adams and Dave Katz will join him in support of Share Our Strength's No Kid Hungry campaign. Tix are $150 each. * Food-truck operators stake their claim to be the city's best at the Philadelphia Vendy Awards' third-annual competition from 2 to 6 p.m. June 8. A limited number of early discount tix, $45, are available now at eventbrite.com . The event raises funds for the nonprofit Food Trust.
April 19, 2013
WHAT'S with all the beer and food pairings? It's getting that you can't down a mug without someone shoving a plate of ale-braised Brussels sprouts under your chin. Wednesday night, Nick Macri, the chef at Southwark, at 4th and Bainbridge, laid out a four-course menu pairing imaginative dishes (seafood stew and hot-pepper relish) with suds from Ardmore's Tired Hands Brewery. Friday, the new Victoria Freehouse, on Front Street in Old City, will throw down a variety of British-style bitters and complementary English-themed plates.
October 3, 2012 |
THE LAST time you saw Jen Carroll on national TV, she was standing in front of the judges on "Top Chef All-Stars. " Carroll, a Somerton native, faced down Tom Colicchio, Padma Lakshmi, Gail Simmons and Anthony Bourdain. The "cheftestant" stared at them. Hard. She also shared her feelings. Strongly. She was, in a word, displeased. Angry. Frustrated. Pissed off. After winning challenge after challenge on season 6 of "Top Chef" in 2009, and earning a spot in the finals that season, Carroll had come back to Bravo the next year to compete against other top non-winners from previous seasons.
September 28, 2012 |
Cooking classes - the one-off, loosely structured gatherings of food fans around a chef's counter - have become a form of entertainment in this region. Yes, we watch Food Network, the Cooking Channel, and Bravo. Iron Chef , Good Eats , and Top Chef are immensely popular. "But if you have a question, you can't ask the TV, of course, and you can't taste the food," said Ed Countey, who runs the culinary school for Kitchen Kapers stores. Thus the popularity of live cooking classes at community centers, supermarkets, cooking schools, and even church kitchens.
September 14, 2012 |
WASHINGTON - Philadelphia's capital culinary cred was on display here last week, when seven area chefs were named to the American Chef Corps, a new State Department program engaging the country's top toques to foster diplomacy among nations. Chef Joe Cicala of Le Virtú, who was thrilled to be tapped along with some of his "culinary heroes," believes this is an opportunity for him to serve his country with what he does best. Chef Jean-Marie Lacroix, the old-guard French master at the restaurant that still bears his name after his departure, considers it a chance to show the world how far American cuisine has evolved.
September 14, 2012 |
"HELL'S KITCHEN" Season 10 champ Christina Wilson knows the secret to winning a reality-TV competition. The secret is simple. And it's not in the sauce. Last spring, Wilson, 32, temporarily left her job cooking at popular Center City BYOB Mercato to appear alongside brash chef Gordon Ramsay in "Hell's Kitchen," Fox TV's version of "Top Chef" meets "Survivor. " For weeks, the South Philly resident sautéed, filleted, garnished and groaned among a cast of 18 chef-testants - until, at last, there were two. Then, just one. Her. Monday night, the show's final episode aired.
May 24, 2012
Camryn Drew Rollins is the newest Phillies fan. The baby girl was born to shortstop Jimmy Rollins and fitness trainer bride Johari Smith Rollins late Sunday night. The little lady weighed in at 5 pounds, 11 ounces. As we mentioned yesterday, Rollins had to leave a charity event Sunday night upon learning that Johari was in labor. He was out of the lineup on paternity leave for Monday's and Tuesday's games against the Washington Nationals. Jimmy and Johari wed in the Grand Cayman Islands in January 2010.
April 25, 2012 |
BRAVO CAMERASrolled Monday taping Jennifer Carroll for "Life After Top Chef" as she cooked for family and friends at Meme (22nd & Spruce). Meme chef David Katz let his friend take over his kitchen for a preview tasting of her menu from Concrete Blonde, a restaurant that she is planning to open despite as yet having no location for it. Jon Gosselin, former "Jon & Kate Plus 8" star turned self-described computer geek, and his girlfriend, were...