The Herald Bulletin

Morning Update

Community

July 9, 2013

Local chef stars in national commercial

ANDERSON, Ind. — Red Lobster chef Stewart Harrington probably never dreamed he would see himself on television, being broadcast to millions of homes around the country. But he has seen it — twice, and so have millions of others.

“I had never done any acting before this,” Harrington said. “I think every kid wants to be an action star at one time. I liked it a lot. It would definitely be something I would pursue if I had the chance.”

Harrington, 25, of Anderson, was chosen by Darden Restaurants, the parent company of Red Lobster, to star in a Red Lobster commercial that began airing on Memorial Day. It can be seen on YouTube.

“It still hasn’t hit me all the way yet,” Harrington said. “It is sort of an odd feeling to know so many people see you.” And people who have seen him have let Harrington know.

Harrington, son of Todd and Jana Harrington, said when the commercial was airing during the NBA playoffs, his cellphone and Facebook page lit up with people reaching out to him – some he had not heard from since childhood.

Customers at the restaurant have asked to speak with him more often, too. One of the more unusual experiences occurred when a couple from West Virginia asked to take a picture with Harrington in the middle of his shift.

“I was at work and hot and sweaty and never dreamed of being recognized for being on television,” Harrington said.

Along with being a chef, Harrington doubles as a culinary professional whose job it is to enter the dining area and speak with customers about their meals. Because of the commercial, Harrington’s general manager, Wendell Stephens, has tried to maximize that face time.

“Stew is a great crew member,” Stephens said. “He has got a nice look and is a great representative for the restaurant.”

Text Only
Community
  • FEA HB0730 Gordon Brooks Berky strives to unite community through the arts His theater was originally going to be a place where he could perform when he’s not on tour, but then actor and mask maker Doug Berky had a bigger idea: Unite the community through entertainment.

    July 29, 2014 1 Photo

  • Community Briefs: July 30 A compilation of community news as published in the Wednesday edition of The Herald Bulletin.

    July 29, 2014

  • FEA - HB0729 - Senior Falls Aging safely in the comfort of her home Marilyn Moneyhun said being totally reliant on others is difficult. "Losing your independence is a shock to your system," Moneyhun, 84, said. "You are not in control anymore."

    July 29, 2014 1 Photo

  • Community Briefs: July 29 A compilation of community news items as published in the Tuesday edition of The Herald Bulletin.

    July 29, 2014

  • FEA - HB0728 - Fresh Orientation - SH Elwood freshmen learn the ways of high school through mentoring program About half the 112 incoming freshmen at Elwood Jr./Sr. High School got a jump on their friends recently by attending a freshman orientation session. Joan Mercer, an English teacher who helped organize the the orientation, said the mentor program, which has been in place for several years, has been effective in new students make the high school transition.

    July 28, 2014 1 Photo

  • FEA-HB0727-MCWinery-JC6.JPG Having a wine time

    Cathy Hensley’s never been much of a drinker. It wasn’t something that interested her very much, so it seemed unfathomable that she would ever run a winery. But after her son Eric offered her and her husband, Duke, some wine he made, it changed things.

    July 26, 2014 1 Photo

  • Lanane among LifeStream honorees Dr. Jon Hendrix and Katie Lucas, both of Muncie; Janet Privett, Montezuma, Ohio, and Sen. Tim Lanane (D), Anderson, will be honored during a reception Aug. 7 in Muncie for their work in making a difference in the lives of aging adults and people with disabilities.

    July 26, 2014

  • Community Briefs: July 27 A compilation of community news items as published in the Sunday edition of The Herald Bulletin.

    July 26, 2014

  • FEA HB0727 Homes 0113 Storage solution The key to creating a beautiful home on a budget is to look beyond the intended purpose of an item, and beyond its appearance. Instead, check for sturdiness of the frame, and the functionality of the components.

    July 26, 2014 5 Photos

  • What's Where: July 27-Aug. 2 Local meetings and activities are scheduled this week.

    July 26, 2014

Reader Pet Photos


We're looking for your best pet photos! Share your photos of your favorite non-human companions in our new photo gallery. Click here to upload your photos

Hyperlocal Search
Premier Guide
Find a business

Walking Fingers
Maps, Menus, Store hours, Coupons, and more...
Premier Guide
Parade
Magazine

Click HERE to read all your Parade favorites including Hollywood Wire, Celebrity interviews and photo galleries, Food recipes and cooking tips, Games and lots more.
More Resources from The Herald Bulletin