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Part-time chef Moreno stirring up competition in Nerf chase

Chase for the Golden Nerf: Celebrity/Media NFL Picks Week 6

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Stratosphere headliner Frankie Moreno performs on ABC’s “Dancing With the Stars” on Tuesday, Oct. 9, 2012.

Chef Frankie Moreno?

If he weren’t dishing out amazing sounds nightly in the aptly named show, “Frankie Moreno Live at the Stratosphere,” who knows … you might be tasting some of the Las Vegas star’s creations in a restaurant.

“I really enjoy cooking. I cook all the time, and I would like to think I'm pretty good at it. I learned from my Grandma Lilly,” Moreno said.

Anyone who has seen his show is glad he chose to be a performer. He’s been compared to vintage Las Vegas acts but performs almost all original material. Catch him Wednesday through Saturday nights and see for yourself.

“The show has been going fantastic. People keep showin' up, so that's good. We try to update the show weekly and make changes for the locals and for ourselves to keep it fresh as much as possible,” he said.

Moreno is from Santa Cruz, Calif., but is quickly becoming a Las Vegas mainstay. Next Thursday, Moreno will debut a new song at a charity event.

“I LOVE Las Vegas. … I’m happy to be supporting United Way of Southern Nevada and all of their charitable platforms, such as education and health. It's a great thing to be a part of,” he said. “I'll be debuting a song called ‘Hello World’ in front of all of the community leaders and volunteers they are honoring. It will be their new anthem. They haven't had one in 50 years from what I understand.”

Moreno also has a recipe for success in the Chase for the Golden Nerf.

“I play dirty!” he joked. “I’m a football fan, but I really don't have much time to follow any sports these days on TV. I'm so busy. But I love a good game!”

He also loves the competition, particularly against the person with whom he shares headlining accolades at the Stratosphere — “Pin Up’s” Claire Sinclair.

“I’m going home with the Golden Nerf! Sorry Claire, but this one's mine,” he said.

Sal DeFilippo’s picks (6-8-1):

Eagles -1 at Buccaneers

Bengals-Bills under 41

Saints-Patriots over 50

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The media/celebrity picks:

Terry Fator, Mirage headliner (11-4)

Eagles -1 at Buccaneers

Seahawks-Titans over 40½

Cowboys -5½ vs. Redskins

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John Katsilometes, The Kats Report (8-6-1)

Cardinals-49ers over 41½

Texans -7 vs. Rams

Saints +2½ at Patriots

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Wayne Newton, "Mr. Las Vegas" (8-7)

Patriots -2½ vs. Saints

Redskins +5½ at Cowboys

Cardinals +11 at 49ers

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Oscar Goodman, Las Vegas ambassador (7-7-1)

Chiefs -9 vs. Raiders

Packers -3 at Ravens

Jets -1 vs. Steelers

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Donny Osmond, Flamingo Las Vegas headliner (7-7-1)

Eagles -1 at Buccaneers

Ravens +3 vs. Packers

Texans -7 vs. Rams

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Andrew Freeman, Raiding the Rock Vault performer at LVH (7-8)

Buccaneers +1 vs. Eagles

Vikings -2½ vs. Panthers

49ers -11 vs. Cardinals

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Carolyn Goodman, Mayor of Las Vegas (7-8)

Seahawks -13½ vs. Titans

49ers -11 vs. Cardinals

Cowboys -5½ vs. Redskins

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Claire Sinclair, star of "Pin Up" at Stratosphere (6-7-2)

Eagles -1 at Buccaneers

Packers -3 at Ravens

Seahawks -13½ vs. Titans

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Carla Pellegrino, celebrity chef and owner of Bratalian (6-8-1)

Saints +2½ at Patriots

Broncos -27½ vs. Jaguars

Packers -3 at Ravens

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Jason Feinberg, KVVU-TV morning personality (6-9)

Vikings-Panthers over 44

Patriots -2½ vs. Saints

Texans -7 vs. Rams

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Frankie Moreno, Stratosphere headliner (5-8-2)

Eagles -1 at Buccaneers

Colts -1½ at Chargers

Bengals -7½ at Bills

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Marc Savard, comedy hypnotist at Planet Hollywood (5-8-2)

Eagles -1 at Buccaneers

Lions -3 at Browns

Cowboys -5½ vs. Redskins

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Kevin Janison, KVBC meteorologist (5-9-1)

Texans -7 vs. Rams

Steelers +1 at Jets

Bengals-Bills under 41

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Mark & Mercedes in the Morning, Mix 94.1 (4-8-3)

Packers -3 at Ravens

Lions -3 at Browns

Vikings -2½ vs. Panthers

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Carrot Top, Luxor headliner (3-11-1)

Broncos-Jaguars over 54

Packers -3 at Ravens

Patriots-Saints over 50

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Dana White, UFC president (3-12)

Broncos -27½ vs. Jaguars

Seahawks -13½ vs. Titans

Bengals -7½ at Bills

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