Tuesday, June 1, 2010
Buffalo Chef Enters Hell's Kitchen Tonight
Curses. That’s usually my response when I learn that a reality show like “Hell’s Kitchen” has a contestant with a Buffalo angle.
That means I almost feel obligated to watch. And guess what? Gordon Ramsay will be cursing (though it is bleeped out) at a Buffalo woman, Stacey Slichta, in the season premiere of the Fox reality show. It airs at 8 tonight on WUTV.
On the Fox website, Slichta is described as a 38-year-old “private chef” whose hometown is Buffalo but who “currently resides” in Studio City, Calif.
In the preview supplied by Fox, Slichta starts out confidently and notes that her celebrity clients have included Nathan Lane, Don Rickles, Martin Short and Ashton Kutcher and Demi Moore.
The celebs are undoubtedly easier to please than Ramsay, who opens the program with some praise that is surprising in more ways than one. Don't miss the opening, which is the most entertaining part of the expletive-deleted hour.
I can’t reveal too much about the episode without ruining it, but let’s just say that Slichta gets her fair portion of abuse from Ramsay. Of course, he spares no one in the field of 16.
* Buffalo Sabres goaltender Ryan Miller had some interesting things to say about goalie play as the guest analyst on NBC in Saturday’s opening game of the Stanley Cup finals between the Chicago Black Hawks and Philadelphia Flyers. Unfortunately, analyst Mike Milbury interrupted just about every point that Miller made or was about to make. Somebody at NBC should tell Milbury to allow his studio teammates their say. At the end of one segment, intermission host Pierre McGuire said he’d rather listen to Miller than Milbury. Agreed.
* Channel 4 anchor Lisa Flynn has confirmed on her Facebook page that she soon will be ending her anchor duties at 5:30 p.m. and 10 p.m., as reported on stilltalkintv.com last week. Flynn wrote on a Facebook entry that she plans to go into “semi-retirement” to spend more time with her 7-year-old son Thomas. Sources have said that she would like to work part-time at the top-rated news station in town. Her contract runs out July 1, when her anchor duties probably will end.
* Sad to see that 97-year-old Art Linkletter died last week. But he had a TV great career – “Kids Say the Darndest Things” was one of my favorite shows growing up -- and full life. There is another selfish reason that I was sad to see him go. I always used Linkletter’s name in periodic “Dead or Alive” contests with friends. Needless to say, I won a lot because you’d be surprised at how many people didn’t realize he was still alive before his death last week.