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Ex Pussycat Doll Jessica Sutta comes home for Winter Music Conference


Meow! Former Pussycat Dolls member Jessica Sutta (2003-10) is headed home to South Florida for the Winter Music Conference.

She’ll take the stage with the Knock Outs Friday night at Seminole Casino Coconut Creek, where fans will hear a sneak peek of her single, Again, set to be released Tuesday on iTunes.

“I’m excited and nervous about sharing Again with the world,” says Sutta who grew up in Cutler Ridge and went to the New World School of the Arts. “I poured myself into this song. It definitely exposes my heart.”

Hopefully, the Show Me singer, 30, will have some down time during her quick stop: “I try to come back to Miami as much as possible,” she says. “The beaches are still the most beautiful in the world to me.”

Another thing on the former Miami Heat cheerleader’s to-do list would be to catch a game.

“It was amazing,” Sutta says of her experience with the team in the early 2000s. “I loved to be able to sit on the court and watch basketball. I’m a tomboy at heart, but run like a girl!”

As for a possible reunion with the Dolls?

“I would love to; anything for PCD fans.”

‘Chopped’ champ

SUSHISAMBA Miami Beach Sous Chef Cara Thompson is $10,000 richer, thanks to winning Food Network’s nail-biting cooking competition Chopped.

The Tuesday night episode was called “Redemption Intention” because all contestants had competed before and lost.

The mystery basket of ingredients were more workable this time around. At least for her. Thompson’s dishes: Kuromitsu Chicken, made with enoki mushroom, pickled sea cucumber and soy paper; Pork Terrine (Peruvian corn, sriracha gel, smoked pineapple sea salt, chicharones); and Mamaye Sorbet (peanut crumble, anise catupiry crema, sugared squash blossoms).

Slice of fame

A local Domino’s Pizza employee has hit the big time.

For the chain’s new campaign, asking customers to face their fears and think outside the pizza box, Domino’s has rolled out a few (lighthearted, kind of) commercials putting real staffers in situations that frighten them.

In one spot, Obner Louis-Jeune, assistant manager at the Pompano Beach East Sample Road location, offers to conquer his fear of heights in exchange for a customer experimenting with something other than pizza – in this case, an Oven Baked Sandwich. Louis-Jeune is then shown being thrown into the air in a slingshot amusement-park ride.

“The reaction you see is totally real, because I’m not normally a roller coaster fan,” he said. “I walked up to the ride pretty confident at first – until someone started counting down, and I started getting nervous and shaky. Once the ride released into the air, my eyes went wide open and that made me scream.”

Madeleine Marr

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