Tag Archive: Bravo

Chef Roble

Celebrity Chef Roble Ali always have something brewing in the kitchen and Bravo has documented it for two seasons. Since 2011 his life has been chronicled on television running a high end catering company and dealing with a variety of situations.

Born in Poughkeepsie, New York, Roble attended the Culinary Institute of America in Hyde Park, New York. He then worked as the youngest sous chef ever in Abigail Kirsch, a catering company in New York.

He has cooked for artists such as Michael Jackson, Russell Simmons, and Faith Evans among many others.

Nunn on the Run dished with him at brunch at Sawtooth in the West Loop of Chicago about his gay A-list friends Art Smith, and Andy Cohen as well as his Bravo celebrity life.

Jerry Nunn: Hi, Roble. Thanks for the tweet this morning. You are a New Yorker?

Roble Ali: I am but I bounced around a lot. I from Poughkeepsie, which is an hour north of New York City. If I added up all of my time then I spent most of my time in Brooklyn. I lived in Greenville, Mississippi for a year and a half.

I lived in Houston, Texas for five or six years .I lived in Greenville, Mississippi for a year and a half when I was a little kid. I did the South then I came back to the North.
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The Bravo Channel has a new show entitled Newlyweds: The First Year featuring L.A. couple Jeff Pedersen and Blair Late. The docu-series captures all the trials and tribulations of being a newlywed.

For an entire year we witness squabbles about money along with the challenges of married life plus a visit to a sex therapist during this first year.

Lauren Lazin, who is an Emmy Award winning and Oscar nominated documentary maker, follows the couples with an hour-long feature each week.

Jeff and Blair met at a pool party then after a year of dating were granted domestic partnership in Savannah.

Blair was a former European pop star and now an entertainment reporter while Jeff is a federal investigator. No matter what happens it is until death do they part.

Nunn gave them a call to look behind the veil.

Jerry Nunn: Hey, guys. I’m calling you from Chicago.

Blair Late: We were just on The Today Show today and Jeff was very excited to talk to Chicago.

Jeff Pedersen: It is my favorite city in the United States.

JN: When are you coming to visit?
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Australian hairstylist Tabatha Coffey has been reinventing businesses across the country on Bravo and is finishing up her hit show Tabatha Takes Over for another season.

First competing on Shear Genius on television then led to a salon takeover show. With a knack for business savvy and a talent for seeing through the problems, Coffey is one to watch on reality TV.

Her book It’s Not Really About the Hair described her life growing up around drag queens and being openly lesbian. No matter what endeavor she takes on she seems to have the magic touch.

We chatted on the phone about the new season of her show before it began.

JN: (Jerry Nunn) Hey, Tabatha. It’s your favorite reporter from Chicago on the phone!

TC: (Tabatha Coffey) I know it is.

JN: This season looks as gay as ever with a drag queen playing you on one episode. Where was that?

TC: Oh, it was fabulous. It was here in California in Riverside at a nightclub that I took over. Morgan McMichaels is actually a friend of mine as well. Now I know where I can turn if I ever get sick or need a day off, Morgan’s my girl because she is fabulous at being me.
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Kandi Factory

Kandi Burrus has goned from R&B singer to actress, then record producer and finally a reality television star. She combines all of that in a new show. From the group Xscape to the Real Housewives of Atlanta, Burrus always seems to land on top.

Now Burrus is ready to help 16 contestants build their dreams on Kandi Factory her latest project. She brings a history of such hits as “No Scrubs” and “Bills, Bills, Bills” to the table. With such vast experience she takes these budding music stars to a whole new level on a competition reality show.

Nunn talked to her right before the season kicked off.

Jerry Nunn: Hi, Kandi. I interviewed you at a club in Chicago a while ago. How is the Chicago contestant on the Kandi Factory?

Kandi Burrus: Oh yeah, I actually lover Mathew Cash. I can’t tell you everything that happens of course but Matthew is a rapper and he actually writes his own lyrics. I knew that he was serious about his craft so I didn’t want people to take him as a joke. So I wasn’t even going to attempt to try to write his raps for him or anything like that.
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Kathy Wakile

The Bravo television show The Real Housewives of New Jersey is gearing up for a fifth season of the hit show. Since season three this is the only Housewives show where all the cast is actually married. Kathy Wakile joined the cast that season and has appeared ever since with husband Richie and two children.

In a private event at Café Buonaro’s out in the suburbs we spoke to her about current projects and life as a Housewife.

JN: (Jerry Nunn) Hey, Kathy. Let’s go back from the beginning of The Real Housewives of New Jersey for you. How did you get on the show?

KW: (Kathy Wakile) I was contacted through a casting agent. They told me that they were interviewing many people so I didn’t take it that serious. I never imagined myself being on TV or being a part of something like this or a reality show. We went through some interviews and my husband and I talked about it to our kids. They finally came back to me and asked me to be on the show.

JN: You took the plunge!
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LA Shrinks

Bravo debuted a new documentary reality television series called LA Shrinks about three therapists in California. Venus Nicolino, Eris Huemer, and Gregory Cason round out the cast.

Dr. Greg Cason has a Ph.D in Counseling Psychology located in Beverly Hills. He has a partner of 23 years named Kevin and they reside in West Hollywood.

Nunn gave him a call as the series started to find up what is up with doc.

JN: (Jerry Nunn) Hi, Frank. I just watched the first episode.

GC: (Greg Cason) What did you think?

JN: I liked how it showed your beginnings even the little kid pictures. You were inspired by Bob Newhart?
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Chrissy Camba

Top Chef: Seattle kicks off this week on Bravo and we have one Chicago competitor named Chrissy Camba. The show celebrates its 10th anniversary and adds a judge with Wolfgang Puck along with series regulars Tom Colicchio, Hugh Acheson, Emeril Lagasse and Gail Simmons. Padma Lakshmi is returning as host.

The winning chef receives $125,000, a feature in Food & Wine Magazine and a showcase at the annual Food & Wine Classic in Aspen.

This season the show goes back to basics and we tracked down Chrissy to find out how she serves it up around town.

Jerry Nunn: Hi, Chrissy. First off did you grow up in Chicago?

Chrissy Camba: I grew up basically in Schaumburg, so kind of by the Ikea. I went to college at Loyola. I have been in Chicago ever since. There have been some years where I wanted to move to places like San Francisco but something always comes up and I end up staying here.
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