'Naughty Kitchen' finale hearts Dallas Voice

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The Naughty Kitchen with Chef Blythe Beck, the reality show on Oxygen set at Central 214 here in Dallas, had its season finale tonight, and the Dallas Voice was prominently featured.

The series began with Beck receiving a less-than-glowing review from the Dallas Morning News, and for much of the run, tension has built over whether she could keep her job by redeeming her food in the eyes of critics. In the final episode, that redemption came when she received a review written by yours truly.

Sure, the show plays a little fast-and-loose with the timeline (my review came out this summer — in the national pride edition — not long after the DMN’s and well before many of the events already portrayed), but it was gratifying to hear about 75 percent of the review read aloud on the show. (It was an especially big deal for Beck because my review under the prior exec chef was not so positive.)

Anyway, if you catch it on reruns, you can see the big reveal about 45 minutes into the episode… or you can spoil the suspense and read it here.

—  Arnold Wayne Jones

Reminder: More 'Variants'

Don’t forget: The Variants, the locally-produced Web series about life in a gay-run comic book store, airs a new episode every first Wednesday of the month, and that’s tomorrow (actually, in a few hours — it comes online at midnight).

Because I am master of the YouTube hack (that’s a lie), I got a sneak-peak at episode 3, “The Upsell,” which makes overt references to Clerks … even though Zeus owner and co-writer Richard Neal claims to never have seen the film. It’s funny stuff, and a nice companion to tonight’s equally Dallas-based Naughty Kitchen.

—  Arnold Wayne Jones

'Naughty' chef serves up Chicken Fried Pride tonight at Central 214

If Beck fries these tonight, we just might be in love.
If Beck fries these tonight, we just might be in love.

As Pride is kicking off this week, it’s looking like other neighborhoods are getting in on the action. Last week, we mentioned the party over at Victory Park and tonight, Mockingbird Station partakes with Chicken Fried Pride at Central 214 at 6:30 p.m. This should be a hot celebration being that 214 executive chef Blythe Beck is Dallas’ newest celebrity (read below) with her upcoming show, The Naughty Kitchen about to debut next week. We’re figuring the cameras will be on hand as well. Could they really ignore a fundraiser with “chicken fried”in the title?

Complimentary Southern cocktails and “Blythe Bites” will no doubt be the highlight of the evening, but entertainment by Edna Jean Robinson and her Angels will add to the fun. The event benefits Youth First Texas. An R.S.V.P. is required so do that first and the suggested donation is $20.

—  Rich Lopez