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Local chef on '24 Hour Restaurant Battle'

How to patch up a relationship: Open a restaurant together in the course of a day.

Local chef on '24 Hour Restaurant Battle'

Eric Paraskevas and Laura Sandoval<br /><br />
Eric Paraskevas and Laura Sandoval

Eric Paraskevas -- no stranger to TV -- turns up Thursday, April 21 on 24 Hour Restaurant Battle (10 p.m., Food Network), working alongside his girlfriend Laura Sandoval.

As they explained, they were having a rough patch in their relationship and figured that the solution was to appear on a high-pressure reality show together.

Paraskevas, 30, is chef at Center City's Terra restaurant, where Sandoval, 27, is a server; she's also a doctoral candidate in art history.

They put their concept for an edgy international restaurant against another on-the-rocks couple's idea for a more traditional eatery. "We went into this thing almost joking that we were going to fight," says Paraskevas.

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"I was surprised we're really on the same page," says Sandoval. "It showed us we could overcome adversity. It was a microcosm of our abilities to face a challenge."

They're still together.

Michael Klein
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