Inqlings: Kendra Wilkinson to tape reality show in Philly

It's time for Kendra Wilkinson to get back to work.

The erstwhile Playboy playmate and fiancee of Hugh Hefner - now the wife of Eagles wide receiver Hank Baskett - will start production Tuesday for the third season of the E! Network reality-TV series Kendra.

Cameras will roll at 6 p.m. at the Barnes & Noble on Rittenhouse Square, where Wilkinson will sign copies of her memoirs, Sliding Into Home.

Memoirs. At 25.

Season 3, premiering in early November, will chronicle her life with her husband and their baby, Hank IV, in Philly. The couple live in Two Liberty Place.

Production is expected to wrap around Thanksgiving.

 

Reality chef, real job

Siobhan Allgood, the Rockledge native who appeared under the watchful scorn of Gordon Ramsay in Season 7 of Fox's Hell's Kitchen, has found gainful employment: She started during the weekend as executive chef at West Side Gravy, a four-month-old comfort-food restaurant in Collingswood. The ahi tuna sandwich from the TV show, which she has dubbed Tuna From Hell, is on the menu. At first, "I didn't even know she was a Hell's Kitchen person," says owner Alex Capasso, who prefers to read applicants' resumés before their cover letters.

Speaking of Ramsay and reality TV: Fishtown auto dealer Lou Wolff says he's been inundated with calls inquiring about his building on Girard Avenue, which until recently housed the Hot Potato Cafe. Last year, Ramsay and the Fox show Kitchen Nightmares remade the business, but management could not make it.

 

Media people

Chicago to Philly to Chicago to Philly: Such is the recent career path of Lauren Cohn, who next week will start as a fill-in anchor/reporter on Fox29's 5, 6, and 10 p.m. newscasts. Cohn, a native New Yorker who worked early on in Cleveland, started at the ABC station in Chicago in 1993 before moving on to the city's Fox station. In 2004, she joined NBC10 in Philadelphia, doing weekend anchoring, fill-in at MSNBC, and the WB17 news. In 2007, it was back to the Fox station in Chicago.

Former CN8/Fox29 reporter/anchor Janet Zappala will be a featured chef at this year's Kennett Square Mushroom Festival. She will cook two mushroom recipes from her cookbook, My Italian Kitchen, from 1 to 3 p.m. Sept. 11 and will sign copies for an encore.

 

Tardiness

Full of respect for his fans, rapper Snoop Dogg showed up at 6:06 p.m. Monday for a scheduled 3 p.m. appearance at a Center City State Store, where he signed bottles of Landy cognac.

 

Briefly noted

Johari Smith Rollins, wife of Phillies shortstop Jimmy Rollins, marked her 30th birthday Aug. 20 with a party at Positano Coast in Society Hill that followed the Phils' 1-0 win over the Washington Nationals. Phillies players in attendance, besides J-Roll, included Chase Utley, Shane Victorino, Cole Hamels, Joe Blanton, and Kyle Kendrick.

Action News anchor-reporter Lisa Thomas-Laury took the stand Monday in Montgomery County Court. She is suing a doctor and hospital alleging that her rare nerve disorder was not diagnosed. Her husband is due to testify Tuesday.

Jeff Berkes, a photog from West Chester, has made the finals of a photo contest sponsored by National Geographic/Energizer with a shot of an electrical storm. The winner will be determined by public vote at www.nationalgeographic.com/ lithium. The grand-prize winner gets a trip to Greece and, as you'd guess, exposure.

 


Contact columnist Michael Klein at mklein@phillynews.com. Follow his blog at http://go.philly.com/insider and on Twitter @phillyinsider.