Wednesday, June 10, 2009

Wed Jun 10, 2009

On Today's Show:

Padma Lakshmi -"Bravo's Top Chef"
known internationally as an actress, food expert, model and award-winning author. 2009 will be a busy year for Lakshmi with a new namesake jewelry line coming out in May, returning as host of Bravo’s successful series “Top Chef,” as well as being the new face of Pantene’s Nature Fusion line. Originally known as the first internationally successful Indian supermodel, Lakshmi started modeling while an exchange student in Spain with Clark University where she received a B.A. with honors in Theater Arts.

Greg Harper, AKA "The Answerman"
The switch to all-digital TV broadcasting will finally arrive in a few days and despite the continuous on-air reminders about the DTV transition, a new survey indicates almost four million households are still unprepared and millions still have questions!! The nation’s Digital TV transition is scheduled to occur on Friday June 12th at midnight locally.

Tech guru/expert Greg Harper (aka “The Answerman”) will also mention a cool website consumers can go to at, where they will find tip sheets and consumer friendly information—even How-To videos demonstrating how to install DTV converter boxes.

A Nielsen survey conducted in late April 2009 revealed that as many as 3.5 million homes are still not prepared for the transition to all-digital TV broadcasting. In addition, another survey from Consumer Reports’ National Research Center indicated that many consumers are still confused about what they need to do to prepare for the transition: (63%) had major misconceptions; over a quarter (29%) believed that all households will need digital televisions to watch TV, one quarter (25%) believed that every consumer must subscribe to cable, satellite or fiber TV to watch any television programming at all, and 9% believed consumers will have to throw away all analog television sets – none of which is true

Chef John Kurapatwa - Spigola Ristorante Hamilton Township (NJ)
Joining the Spigola Ristorante team as Executive Chef, John Kuropatwa brings with him an impressive resume of experience. He also brings a steady flow of confidence and ambition to the table that is second to none. As Executive Chef of this popular modern Italian restaurant, he plays an integral role in combining his experience, creativity and passion for the fine art of cooking, to serve up dishes that are not to be missed. Chef Kuropatwa has over 20 years of experience in the culinary field, with more than 15 of it as an Executive Chef. Quite comfortable with all aspects of restaurant management, he has experience in a wide range of duties, including managing teams of people, creating menu and food specials, performing kitchen management, catering management, ordering, scheduling, and reducing food and labor costs. He has worked at well-known restaurants such as Pelican Fish Company, Scotland Run Golf Club, and Villa Tiella Restaurant, as well as CafĂ© Nola, where he was trained and mentored by Certified Master Chef John Hayden. Over the years, his culinary skills have been put to the test in food competitions and have been favorably reviewed by several area newspapers. In a sense, however, his many accomplishments thus far are also preparation for his future goals, which are to own and run his own restaurant, and to be considered one of the premier chefs in the Philadelphia and New Jersey area. When Kuropatwa was only 14 years old, his culinary career began as he started helping his mother in the bakery where she worked. Inspired by his mother’s and grandmother’s authentic cooking of Polish dinners on Sundays and holidays, Kuropatwa experienced a passion that today burns stronger than ever. His current favorite dishes to prepare embrace anything that contains seafood and spices. He loves preparing unique and tasty shellfish dishes, and enjoys using ingredients that will bring on some heat, such as Chili or Chipotle peppers. Although he spends much of his time at work, steadfastly pursuing the culinary profession and pleasing palates of all tastes, he does find time for his family, which consists of his wife and three children. He enjoys playing golf, spending time at the beach, experiencing quality family time, and preparing food using fresh ingredients right from the family garden. Born in Port Richmond, Pa., today he lives in Vineland, New Jersey.

Allison Hooper - owner - Vermont Butter & Cheese Co
On Sunday, August 23rd, some of the nation’s most authoritative authors on artisan cheese will gather in Shelburne , VT , for the first annual Vermont Cheesemakers Festival. The one-day event, hosted by the Vermont Institute for Artisan Cheese, the Vermont Butter & Cheese Company, and the Vermont Cheese Council, will feature over 100 types of cheese from 40 different cheesemakers, a variety of locally produced wines and beers, and several other artisan foods, including maple syrup, honey, chocolates, baked goods, and more.

Kim Alexis "She’s Got The Look" premieres Thursday, June 11th
It’s been three decades since Kim Alexis first burst on the scene as one of America’s original Supermodels. She has been on the cover of more than 500 magazine covers, featured in thousands of TV and print ads and has graced Sports Illustrated's famous swimsuit edition six times. And yet today, at 48 years old, her career is still flourishing: she’s the face of Anne Cole Swimwear 2009 and a much sought after motivational speaker on women’s health, family and lifestyle issues. Kim attributes her longetivity to remaining true to herself and learning to successfully balance her family, career and goals. Kim knows that there are no shortcuts to aging gracefully and remaining youthful. She believes you must live a healthy and active lifestyle and she strives to educate and empower other women on how to retain their youthful beauty inside and out. As Kim can attest...there was once a time not so long ago when even a 20-something was considered ‘over the hill’ in the modeling world. Not anymore! There is a huge market for ‘older’ models and TV LAND Prime’s hit reality series ““She’s Got The Look” proves that an aspiring model over the age of 35 still has what it takes to make it in modeling industry. The series, hosted by Kim Alexis, sets out to discover a sophisticated, beautiful and confident woman 35 or older destined to become the next “it” girl of the fashion industry. In addition to a contract with Wilhelmina Models, Inc., and a photo spread in SELF Magazine, this season’s winner will also receive a check for $100,000. The second season of “She’s Got the Look” features ten gorgeous women ranging in age from 35 to 72; from an elegant grandmother of eight to a former military officer to a beautiful woman who was homeless just nine years ago. Talk with Kim Alexis about how to find your own fountain of youth, learn why women today are defying the stereotype that beauty fades after 20, and find out why you’re never too old to pursue a second chance at a lifelong dream!
at 9pm (ET/PT) on TV Land.