Reality Check: 'Kitchen Nightmares' features local eatery; 'Joe Schmo' gets bloodied
January 19, 2013 5:00 AM
Gordon Ramsay came to Levanti's restaurant in Beaver in June and taped a show that will appear Feb. 1 on Fox.
By Maria Sciullo Pittsburgh Post-Gazette
An episode of "Gordon Ramsay's Kitchen Nightmares" featuring Levanti's restaurant is scheduled to air at 8 p.m. Feb. 1 on Fox.
A press description is as follows: "Chef Ramsay travels to the town of Beaver, Pa., and the family owned Italian restaurant Levanti's, which is barely being held together by a brother and sister who spend more time tearing each other apart than building up their restaurant and its reputation.
"The duo continues to play the blame game for the dirty dining room and kitchen and the inedible food they are serving to their customers."
The crew from Fox was in town last spring, and it also shot an episode (already aired) at Miss Jean's Southern Cuisine in Wilkinsburg.
On the "Joe Schmo Show" (Spike TV, 10 p.m. Tuesdays), Pittsburgh's Chase Rogan wound up with a bloody face after trying to bring down an "intruder" on the set of the fake reality show, "The Full Bounty."
But he wins immunity after a trip to the ER, and "Chloe," the model (played by Chelsey Crisp), learns she has been eliminated. As she steps down from the stage, she tells her comrades, "It's hard to look at you guys, but I don't want to deny you your last chance to look at me."
Bounty hunter "Jake Montrose" (Ralph Garman) intones, "You've gone from hunter to hunted. You're not wanted, dead or alive."
The episode ends on a cliffhanger, with Mr. Rogan vaulting over the railing of a house to help Jake nab a perp.
"The Bachelor" (ABC, 8 p.m. Mondays) began with hunky Sean Lowe arriving for a date with one of the ladies, leaving the others to steam for a bit. Then it was on to a photo shoot, where they were dressed in varying degrees of Harlequin romantic outfits (sexy cowgirl, sexy Downton Abbeyish, sexy, uh, classic sexy).
Tierra LiCausi, a leasing consultant from Denver, is starting to get on the ladies' nerves, and a glimpse of coming attractions hints a major meltdown is imminent.
Two bachelorettes go home, including Pittsburgh's Brooke Burchette.
"Sean is a great guy. He has a lot to offer, but he's not the guy for me," she said. "I was open, I was excited about love, but love just was not here. It wasn't."
Hines in the red (hot) zone
Hines Ward doesn't do Chimichurri sauce, but he got away with ignoring mentor Rachael Ray's advice on "Rachael vs. Guy: Celebrity Cook-Off" (Food Network, 9 p.m. Sundays).
His flank steak was a big favorite down on the farm, where the chefs had to create entrees and sides incorporating fresh-picked produce. Mr. Ward, who told his teammates he'd never been on a farm before, somehow managed.
Pittsburgh fantasy kings
Two make-up artists with local ties were teamed on the season debut of Syfy's "Face-Off" (Syfy, 9 p.m. Tuesdays). While the course of events didn't run smoothly for Autumn Cook and Eric Zapata, their creation of a fantasy world king was well-received by the judges.