Bravo TVMelissa King

Bravo TVMelissa King

Two Bay Area chefs will vie for victory on TV’s ‘Top Chef’

The Bay Area hardly needs to boost its gastronomic cred, but TV’s “Top Chef” did it anyway Wednesday by naming San Francisco chef Melissa King and San Jose chef Keriann Von Raesfeld as contestants in Season 12 of Bravo TV’s cooking competition.

King’s résumé include stints at Michelin-starred restaurants such as Campton Place, the Ritz Carlton Dining Room and most recently Luce. Von Raesfeld, executive chef at Exposed Gastronomy, helmed the 150 Central Park restaurant aboard one of the world’s largest cruise ships.

A clip on Bravo’s website shows contestants creating a Thanksgiving menu at Plymouth Rock and cooking for the New England Patriots’ Rob Gronkowski. There’s no shortage of stress and squabbling between chefs; at one point Von Raesfeld sniffles as she talks about missing her kids.

Although neither contestant responded to requests for comment Wednesday, Bravo’s website notes King trained under local chefs such as Dominique Crenn, Craig Stoll and Ron Siegel, who scored the ultimate TV victory when he competed on the original Japanese version of “Iron Chef” in 1998. Siegel bested Hiroyuki Sakai, the “Delacroix of French Cuisine,” even though the sous chefs assigned to him didn’t speak English.

Sometimes, lobster cream soup with scallops and black truffles really is the universal language.

‘Game’ fan loses Facebook page

The score of this game is BET 1, fan 0.

A Miami court’s ruling Wednesday, which could have a lingering impact on Menlo Park-based Facebook, said a fan of TV’s “The Game” has no legal right to 6.2 million “likes” she amassed on the unofficial Facebook page she started for the show.

The Hollywood Reporter said Stacey Mattocks, whose online campaign is credited for reviving “The Game” after it was canceled by the CW, lost her lawsuit and control of the Facebook page to BET after the judge ruled she had no legal “property interest.”

The lawsuit states BET offered to buy the Facebook page for $15,000, while Mattocks asked for $1.2 million.


“Stay With Me” singer Sam Smith, who met his boyfriend offline, says hookup apps such as Tinder and Grindr are “ruining romance.” … Movie star Jackie Chan says he’s “enraged” and “ashamed” after his son Jaycee’s marijuana arrest in Beijing last week. … Mariah Carey and Nick Cannon are reportedly set to split.


Country singer Kacey Musgraves is 26. … Olympic gold medal sprinter Usain Bolt is 28. … A’s pitcher Jesse Chavez is 31. … Actress Kim Cattrall (“Sex in the City”) is 58. … Singer Kenny Rogers is 76. … Actor-director Melvin Van Peebles (“Sweet Sweetback’s Baadasssss Song”) is 82.

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