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PhillyChitChatter: Top 5 Celebrity Chefs in Philly, Johnny Weir Comes Home, Amber Rose, Kevin Sbraga, Eagles Party, Grasso Bros Name their Restaurant

Philly Celebs & tidbits:

American Oak is the name of the new Grasso brother restaurant project at 15th & Sansom Streets. There’s a dead give away on the door of their new establishment.

The sub basement establishment is going to be a new club by Mark Marek called Rumor. That will add another club to the Rittenhouse dance club market which had been fairly quiet in the ‘OO’s and now is heating up with Whisper, Alpha, Pulse and G Lounge. Watch for another dance club to slowly make it’s way onto the scene in 2012. The ink is just about dry.

Talking about Doors:
I stopped by 500 Degrees the other night for my once a month burger, although it had been much longer cause the folks there tell me it was about 3 months ago that a local artist painted the bathroom door this very celestial design. Kewl!
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Current Top Chef Kevin Sbraga tweeted this week: “Just arrived to the opening of Cantina Feliz in Fort Washington. If you want great Mexican food, this is where it’s at. Ask for Spinner.” Soon he will be tweeted about the food at his own great restaurant. Check out NBC’s Non Stop Ch 248 “The Scene” as Colin Flatt interviews Kevin Sbraga as he cooks one of his favorite meals at home.

Tonight:
Johnny Weir returns to his hometown of Lancaster to sign his new book “Welcome to My World” 6PM tonight at the Red Rose Commons, 1700 H Fruitville Pike, Lancaster, PA 17601, 717-290-8171; Last week Weir “came out” by saying he was never in. I’d have to agree if you ever laid eyes on him, even Elton John’s wife would have been able to tell. Look for Weir to appear in “Skate for the Heart” on the Hallmark Channel 2/8/11 6PM

Last Monday some of the Philadelphia Eagles got together one last time this season to celebrate their winning season: Brent Celek, Stewart Bradley, Michael Vick, Riley Cooper, Trevor Laws, Victor Abiamiri, and Cornelius Ingram partied at the late night club Recess in Old City. The folks at Nouveau Image tell me that they were hired to throw the party at the tenth hour as the team was still recovering from their devastating loss the day before against the Packers. By early evening the list was closed as the response to the party was overwhelming, “5 girls to every guy” Michelle Miller tells me. No doubt the players had a winning night.

According to the NY Post Survivors of “Millionaire Matchmaker” Patti Stanger banded together Tuesday night to watch the season finale of a show that they say ruined their lives. On that show former Philadelphia Eagles player Freddie Mitchell wants to find a girlfriend, Patti relates to him what not to do to attract a gold digger by not giving them cash & credit cards. Going further, Patti steps things up to the Advanced Level by advising that he is allowed to give the ladies gifts and jewelry, which then has “Freddie Ex” exclaiming the best line I’ve ever heard on the show: “Am I allowed to get a BJ on the date?”

Philadelphia Eagles defensive end Darren Howard was among the celebrities making a red-carpet entrance to the opening of The new Hard Rock Cafe in Tampa, Fla to celebrated its grand opening 1/12/11. Also gracing the red carpet a few D-List celebs including former Miss USA 1996 Ali Landry, Singer Joey Fatone (‘N Sync), socialite Nicky Hilton, actress Stephanie Pratt (“The Hills”). The only highlight of the night, Lindsay Lohan’s former squeeze Samantha Ronson was at the turntable.

Patti LaBelle shopped for handbags in Beverly Hills while, Kanye West’s former squeezemodel Amber Rose and her look a like “sister”, Theany, was seen at the Platinum Motor Sports on January 11, 2011 in Los Angeles, California test driving a few rides, but considering she doesn’t really have a job and seems to be famous for dating the famous (currently dating NY Knicks Amar’e Stoudemire) she walked away without a purchase. (Source)

HAUTE LIVING Lists the Top 5 Celebrity Chefs in Philadelphia
Sure, it’s still about the food, but these days chefs are thinking brand when they delve into their restaurant empire. Cookbooks, media appearances, television shows … we have raised the occupation to something akin to actors and musicians. And I believe for good reason. Food is an emotional experience, and anyone who can wow our taste buds and steal our hearts in a single bite is worthy of some adoration. Philadelphia’s food scene is full of amazing cooks who have found fame and followers. Check out five of the biggest names to hit the city and where you can get a taste of their talents.

I am still a Leo