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Chef Van Aken does late night TV; Wilder Valderrama romancing Devi Lovato?


Two SoFla guys got cooking Wednesday night on Jimmy Kimmel Live: Andy Garcia and Norman Van Aken.

Garcia took time away from promoting his new movie At Middleton to help the chef in an amusing aprons-on segment. Van Aken put the actor on spring-roll duty; Kimmel was in charge of stirring up batter for corn dogs. “I feel like I’m making condoms,” joked the late night TV host while wrapping up a Vienna sausage.

Van Aken was appearing to talk about his new memoir, No Experience Necessary, and proudly posted the picture of the three men on his Facebook page.

Diaper duty

The alarm clock has been replaced by a baby monitor: CBS4 morning anchor Rhiannon Ally gave birth to a boy Wednesday. Colleague and fellow mommy (to be) Lisette Gonzalez posted the news on Facebook congratulating her “TV sister” and Ally’s husband, WSVN 7 anchor Mike Marza. The baby’s name is Roman Michael (7 pounds, almost 20 inches). “I'm a proud Tia,” wrote the meteorologist, who is due to pop in March. Marza Tweeted a picture of the little guy, who already looks camera ready himself.

Hot and heavy?

Demi Lovato denies that she is engaged to Wilmer Valderrama, despite wearing a large ring that sparked rumors. The singer’s romantic sounding Tweet for his birthday Thursday also suggested that she and the Miami native are a couple. “To the funniest, most inspiring, incredible man I know ... thank you for helping me get through my darkest moments,” read her post. “You truly are a light to this world and to my life.”

Setting the bar

Congrats to The Broken Shaker at the Freehand for being named one of Southern Living's Best New Bars in The South for 2014. Although it's not so new, the place is highlighted for, says the magazine, “eradicating the $20 South Beach cosmo.”

Speaking of bars, congrats to Nick Nistico of The Regent Cocktail Club and Isaac Grillo of Haven for winning the Miami leg of Tuesday's USBG Legacy Cocktail Showcase at Cipriani Downtown. The duo will represent Miami Feb. 18 in the National Showcase against winners from all over the country. The global grand prize is “year-long support to further his/her career as a bartender by creating experiences tailored to meet his/her goals,” and a year of their winning cocktail on the menu of some of the world's finest watering holes.

Madeleine Marr & Lesley Abravanel

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