Famous temperamental chef in the house! On Thursday, Gordon Ramsay stumbled upon ROK: BRGR in Himmarshee Village in Fort Lauderdale. The Hell’s Kitchen host spent some time catching up with friend and previous HK contestant, PizzaCraft’s Bret Hauser, who has a tattoo from the Fox TV show on the inside of his arm. Ramsay enjoyed various dishes including Bacon Jam Sliders, Fried Pickles and the Spicy Crunch Burger and also chatted with J.E.Y Hospitality Group Co-Founder and Owner of ROK:BRGR, Marc Falsetto, who actually cooked the food himself because some kitchen staff had already gone home. The fiery Ramsay was said to be friendly and snapping lots of photos.
QUEEN FOR A DAY
Lita Ford took center stage at at The Hard Rock Cafe Thursday evening for an intimate Pinktober concert to benefit Memorial Breast Cancer Centers nearby in Hollywood.
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Earlier, the so-called metal queen visited with patients, doctors, and staff at the center and said it was “an incredible place with incredible people.”
Ford lost her mother to breast cancer and paid tribute to her on her 1990 CD Stiletto with the power balled, Lisa.
A highlight of the show was Ford’s performance of Kiss Me Deadly, followed by a blistering guitar solo from Patrick Kennison. The concert ended with an encore of 1988’s Top 40 hit Close My Eyes Forever, a duet with Ozzy Osbourne.
So what is Ozzy like in the flesh? “Very cool,” the singer said.
Jill Ellis is not only the coach who led the United States Women's National Soccer Team to victory at the World Cup in Canada over the summer. She’s also a local, living in Palmetto Bay. Ellis visited Palmer Trinity School in the area on Friday to give a pep talk to the rapt student body.
Before the speech, the 49-year-old native Brit took a tour of the campus with her 9-year-old daughter Lily and was impressed by what she saw.
“What struck me when I peeked into the classrooms is that you all were all fully engaged,” Ellis said. “What I took away is that you are all pursuing excellence. When you all leave here you want to be better.”
She went on to explain how she helped steer the team to (literally) reach the ultimate goal.
“When I first started with them they weren’t too shabby, having already won two gold medals at the Olympics, but the World Cup was elusive,” said Ellis, who added that during the initial training sessions she presented all the athletes in her charge with Will Rogers’ famous quote: “Even if you’re on the right track, you’ll get run over if you just sit there.”
“What we had to do to achieve success was take excellence, continue to push and raise the bar,” she said.
BABY IN THE MIX
Cause for celebration: Halloween and a baby announcement. NBC6 anchor Roxanne Vargas posted a picture on Facebook of herself dressed up as a “bun in the oven” to let followers and friends know she is expecting a sibling for son Julian, 2.