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Meet the Star of the Wahlberg Brothers’ New Reality Series: Chef Paul, the Other Wahlberg Bro

Kelly Woo
omg! TV
November 15, 2013

Paul Wahlberg
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Paul Wahlberg

One of these Wahlbergs is not like the other!

Many people are familiar with two Wahlbergs — actors Mark and Donnie. The former has appeared in dozens of movies, including "Ted," "The Fighter," "The Departed," and "Boogie Nights," and produced hit series like "Entourage" and "Boardwalk Empire." The latter has an impressive résumé of his own, with credits including "Saw," "The Sixth Sense," "Band of Brothers," and "Blue Bloods" (after being part of New Kids on the Block, of course).

But there's another Wahlberg brother who's a hot commodity for entirely different reasons — Paul Wahlberg is a celebrated chef in the Boston area.

He's the main figure in the family's new A&E reality series, "The Wahlburgers." While Mark, 42, and Donnie, 44, will make appearances on the show, it's Paul who's the star this time.

So, what's the deal with this third famous Wahlberg brother? Here are the five big things to know about Paul:

1. He's loved cooking since he was a child.

Around the age of 11, Paul ate an eggplant parmesan sandwich — and it was love at first sight. Now, he's the head of several restaurants in the Boston area.

2. He had the best of mentors.

While he didn't pursue the entertainment industry like his brothers, Paul did glean something from it.

"I used to watch Julia Child, but really didn't give it much thought at the time," he told Local Luxe. "I was looking for a job and my friend's dad owned a restaurant, and that was where I got my start washing dishes."

Donnie Wahlberg, Alma Elaine Wahlberg, Paul Wahlberg, and Mark Wahlberg
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Donnie Wahlberg, Alma Elaine Wahlberg, Paul Wahlberg, and Mark Wahlberg

3. He loves his ma.

After working in the kitchens of the Charles Hotel, the Four Seasons, and Bridgeman's, Paul decided to try going solo. For his first restaurant, he honored his mother by naming it Alma Nove.

4. He makes a mean burger.

A&E's reality series focuses on Paul's more casual eatery, Wahlburgers (which is a nickname all the family members had to endure). It's already proven to be so popular that he's expanding the franchise to Toronto.

5. He pals around with the real-life Drama.

The character of Johnny "Drama" Chase on "Entourage" (played by Kevin Dillon) was based on a real childhood friend of the Wahlberg brothers. Johnny "Drama" Alves still hangs around the old neighborhood and pops by to razz his old buddy Paul now and again on the reality series.

"Wahlburgers" premieres Jan. 22 at 10:30 p.m. on A&E.

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