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    Harold made me crave mortadella last week.

    I think it will be Harold

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    http://chefwong.blogs.friendster.com/in_the_frying_pan/

    LeeAnne's blog--very interesting insights to reality TV!

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    Quote Originally Posted by weedeater
    http://chefwong.blogs.friendster.com/in_the_frying_pan/

    LeeAnne's blog--very interesting insights to reality TV!
    It's not working for me!!!

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    I got hooked on the marathon, but I've missed probably at least 3 episodes. Definitely the last two. Miguel is gone?? I liked him! Thank GOD they gave Steven the ax, although it really should have been LeAnne, since it was her menu. I was actually on Steven's side, but, hey... it's Top Chef, right? He should've focused on the CHEF part, not TOP. Because he's a total top. As in gay. As in he likes to be on top. Cuz he's a prick. And gay. AND AIN'T NO DAMN WAY IN HELL THE BITCH IS 24. He must've lied (BIG TIME) about his age for whatever vain, gay, snooty reason.

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    Tiff is gonna be the "Santino" of this thing. Highly undesirable personality with a good deal of talent, but still won't win.
    But... but... I liked Santino. He was only playing the game! Besides, I'm sure all the reality TV "villians" are edited to appear as such. Cuz I didn't think Tiffani's a fat smelly bitch until the later episodes. Same with that hag Wendy Pepper on Project Runway.

    Team Santino! Team Aniston! But Omarosa can burn in hell. Fake bitch.

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    It's not working for me!!!
    Hmmm...it was working earlier today...maybe she was asked to take it down? She hinted that karma would bite someone in the ass.

    here is a post from the MB where I got the link--it's pretty much what I remember too:

    From what I can remember, she had three entries.

    The first was about the application process: She was contacted and asked to interview in New York. From what I got, she never approached them about the show - she hates reality tv, but thinks her job makes her a good candidate because she's used to bringing out the dog and pony show for clients, etc. She was asked to submit a five minute tape after the first interview, where she did a flambe trick because laypersons think it's cool, even though it's pretty easy/routine. (Laymen? Laypeople?) She was then asked to fly out to LA for another interview and a psych eval. The casting people were from a firm called The Magical Elves, and she was creeped out by the name. The PA's were acting very hush hush about everything, and they were told not to talk to any other interviewees, but another woman on her flight from NYC was whispering to her. There were four people on her flight for the show - one was a woman in scarves and lots of perfume. She was given a $150 food budget for room service, which she spent on champagne and crappy hotel food, and she gave her credit card so she could raid the mini bar and watch porn. She did the psych eval in her room and called her friend for advice, and was amused by all of the paranoia related questions. She wasn't impressed by the psychologist because he was wearing a bad polyester shirt. She wasn't sure how "The Irishman" made it through the psych eval. She was flown back that night and she didn't think she made it, then was called by the main casting person (Alice, maybe?) and told her to get her ducks in a row. Then she flew out to San Francisco.

    The second entry was really short, I remember thinking that she was drunk when she posted it. Can't remember a word from it.

    The third entry as much longer, and all I got out of it was that she really, really hates Tiff. She liked Dave, Andrea, Harold, Miguel, Stephen and some others. For some reason, I can't remember anything from that one, either. Maybe because I wasted all of my retention skills on the first entry. Overall, I don't think she was upset with the way she was presented. I want to say that last entry was about her elimination episode.

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    Dang she liked Stephen better than Tiff?

    Although I can see how Stephen would be easier to get along with I figured Tiff would be one of those girls who could be cool as long as she wasn't working/competing.

    I made Steak Diane (which you ignite) for guests the other night and she's right-people who don't cook are impressed!

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    Can anyone give us a recap/summary of Lee Anne's blog?


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    No, but here is an imaginary draft of it. The brackets represent cross-outs:

    In Episode 9, that [lying, backstabbing Irish whore] Tiffani saw me buying Colorado rack of lamb and [f***ing copied me] chose the same thing. I was [pissed beyond belief] surprised that [that total b*tch] Tiffani would [steal my idea] duplicate my ingredient, because this episode would determine which [qualified chefs, not including her] contestants would go on to Vegas. I thought I did [tons better than that slut] very well and thought her dish [stunk to high heaven] wasn’t as good as mine. During the judging, I sensed that she [had offered to do Chef Tom hanging upside down] an advantage because she was [Godawful belligerent] more outgoing than I. I also felt that Bravo TV [cravenly prostituted itself for ratings] chose her over me to [pander to its gay viewership] have three different shades of hair for those watching the show in color. I’m just [so mad I could blast her head off with a Bazooka] delighted for her, of course. I wish [everyone but that b*tch] all of them the best of luck in Vegas.

    ^^Quoted from Bravo Top Chef Messageboard



    **another quote from the board describing Lee Anne's blog(no longer accessable. apparently)**:

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    A recap of Lee Ann's blog?

    Let's start with the picture - a drunken Lee Anne and a guy with his tongue stuck in her ear.

    Lots of potty pen and f-bombs.

    One entry written after a dinner party when she came home drunk and ripped everyone a new one.

    A very long entry written after the show when she was cut aired and she felt safe to post her thoughts, evidently in error. She detailed her experiences from applying for the show to being sent home. In a nutshell:

    1) If you thought these people were tough to take just by watching the show, you should try living and working with them.
    2) Andrea is a saint.
    3) Tiffani is the devil incarnate.
    4) Stephen goes from being a real pain in the butt in one entry to being a "stand up guy" in another. Maybe we are seeing Stephen being a "stand up" guy in the reunion show previews (or is he just standing up?)
    5) Tantalizing clues that Tiff gets her come-uppance in Vegas, as "karma" catches up to her.


    ***found this listed as a copy of Lee Anne's last entry***:
    Lee Anne's last entry


    Hi everybody,

    With much dread and humiliation, I watched tonight's episode when I returned home from a glorious dinner and night out with some friends (Andrea Beaman being one of them). I actually skipped the 10 and 11pm showing due to a lengthy meal at Tom's newly opened Craftsteak and the NBA playoffs at a bar nearby. Needless to say, I was feeling pretty good about everything in the end until I actually got home in time for the 1am rerun of episode 9. For the record, there is quite a bit not seen on tv. I may or may not seem petty in that last epi, but it all seems quite out of context because what is not shown is Big Tiff and the 28 someodd days Harold, Dave, and myself had to put up with her smug, arrogant, condescending bull[FA edit]. She beat up on A LOT of people. And what a [FA edit] obnoxious know it all. We have already filmed the reunion and finale, and out of professionalism (and I guess "hope") I gave her the benefit of the doubt in terms of trying to see the good in Tiff and speaking posiitively about her outcome. She played me, just like she played the judges, and let me tell you, I'll say it once, I will say it a MILLION times, karma is a bitch. The show was a humbling experience for a majority of us. Even for someone like Stephen, he took it as an opportunity to learn a little bit more about himself and assess what he put out there (and believe it or not, he is a stand-up guy). There is a huge part of me that wants her to win. She is a strong female, creative, resourceful, and most of all, smart. But you ALL know when someone is trying to put one over on you. You ALL want to strangle that [FA edit] manipulative two faced jerkoff on the job that seems to keep getting away with the snowjob. Not to detract from anyone's culinary skills, but I firmly stand by the fact that it takes much much more to lead a group of cooks, and inspire and work with others than sheer skill alone. No chef is an island. No Top Chef, including Tom Colicchio, achieved all that he/she has without the support and hard work of the staff below them. What it boils down to is people skills. And let me say, while the Red Dragon apparently wanted it more than anyone else in this competition, and was willing to go to any length to get there, she gets my props for a mission accomplished. "I didn't come here to make friends." Guess what bitch????

    In the end, I am so incredibly blessed to have met a group of people as passionate and focused about cooking and food as I am. I am still in close contact with many of my castmates...Dave, Cynthia, Candace, Harold, Miguel, Stephen, and especially Andrea. Top Chef was such a tremendous stepping stone for many of us. We review each episode as it debuts with the rest of tv land, with a bit of laughter and frustration, as the editting room is not necessarily kind, or just. Many of us are working on personal projects. Since the show, I have cooked New Year's dinner at the James Beard House in NYC, I am currently consulting on a remake of the German film ""Mostly Martha" starring Catherine Zeta Jones and Aaron Eckhart, we just finished production on our own show at The FCI "Chef's Story", which is set to debut on PBS in Spring of 2007, and god knows all of my other duties at the job keep my head spinning and my knives sharp. I want to thank all of you who have supported me and some of my soulmates on the show....we couldn't make great tv without the viewers. Please feel free to contact me at my work email: lwong@frenchculinary.com
    This has been one of the most bizarre and wonderful experiences in my life to date, and I don't think it will be the last. As long as you all keep eating, we'll try to stay ahead of the game, even with 16 hours and boxed cake mix.

    xo,
    Lee Anne


    ***HAHAHAHAHAHAHA!!! looks like Lee Anne did not care too much for ole' tuff-a ninny!!!***
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    More from LeeAnne:


    From Lee Anne's entries at the other site (just in case she has to take them down):

    The Wedding Challenge:
    I am incredibly pissed, still at Tom, and at Gail, for labeling me as "overly ambitious". The challenge was to "wow" the Scotts with a wedding menu. I did just that, without any knowledge of the task that lay ahead. Both of them should know that I am not only smart enough, but competent enough to understand what exactly it takes to cater a 100 person party with 7 plus courses in 16 hours with no sleep. MENU WOULD HAVE BEEN ENTIRELY DIFFERENT. I actually create custom menus on a daily basis as part of my job. We were set up for failure from the start ("I'd like to do something different, and do 100 little boxed cakes with messages of love and luck....") BS. All of it. What is NOT shown, is the fact that we were given only 5 minutes to create a shopping list. I did not have the time to create my own ingredient list, or recipes, or directions. Anyone who has worked with me in the kitchen in the past, knows that I am meticulous about creating food orders and mis en place lists, especially with time constraints. Again, editting is part of the whole process I guess. "Why didn't Lee Anne taste all of the dishes???" ....Because the day before, production called a house doctor to come visit Lee Anne and give her heavy meds and a penicillin shot in the ass because she had strep throat.....(I did taste...sort of...) "Why didn't Lee Anne take charge of Stephen and everyone else in the kitchen???" ....Because she was too busy cooking, and do you really want to yell at the people who are also staying up with you for close to 40 hpurs without shut eye??? believe you me....I can manage and run a staff of chimpanzees if I needed to. The point was that due not only to time constraints, but out of sheer respect, I encouraged my fellow Top Chefs to take it and run with it after I had a brief 1 minute review of my ideas and flavor profiles for each wedding dish. Some chose to ignore my advice or vision, due to their own fragile egos. So as far as wedding challenges go, I am still hedging on the fact I will never have to cater another 16 hour overnighter again. There. You know, throughout the time I was there, I never complained about the challenges presented to us, with the exception of this one. Forgive me all, for this last drunken rant...

    The Napa Challenge:
    Hi everybody! Thanks for writing me at work. I will actually copy and paste an email I recently wrote in response, because it will clearly state my frame of mind on that last day in Napa...(I hope you don't mind Paula...)

    Thank you for your email Paula. Again, I think at the end of that episode I was so incensed to be on the chopping block with her. We were all worn out, but at the same time, Dave, Harold and I were especially tired of hearing her selfrighteous BS (she actually yelled at one on the production assistants the morning of the challenge because they didn't iron her chef jacket....as a very wrinkled Dave, Harold and myself watched from the couch.). I let my personal feelings get in the way of the fact that I just plain lost the challenge to the other three. At the judges' table in that heightened emotional state it was hard to focus on anything but our differences as personalities in the kitchen (I had literally hit my breaking point with her that day). So I come off as a sore loser, but hey, it's water under the bridge, and I have made my peace with all of it. Besides, Bravo has to scrape her off the ceiling next week in the reunion show. I am happily back at my job, it's been an interesting day. Friends and coworkers have sent me flowers and lots of lovely emails. Those who know me a little bit better bought me a bottle of really nice bourbon. I am actually relieved the episode has aired so people can stop saying, "We know you're gonna win." That really stunk, hearing that every day. But life is good. Please tell your lovely daughter to keep cooking and friendships are more valuable than money on any given day. Thank you so much for your support, and feel free to stay in touch. I am meeting up with Harold in an hour for drinks...

    Warm regards,
    Lee Anne

    So you see, I fully understand what happened that day, which I will acknowledge at the reunion, but it still doesn't change the fact that it was me versus her at that table. We were asked why we should go to Vegas. I responded that it wasn't about the money anymore (it actually never was). it was about the honor of being named Top Chef. $100K isn't gonna change my life all that drastically (I happen to have a kick ass job). In the end it meant a whole lot more to her than anyone else, probably because she is still a waitress. (Don't get me wrong, I worked front of the house for over 10 years, believe me, it's where the money's at). So anyways, I brought up the fact that her attitude sucked, alluding to a time when she viciously attacked Candice, a culinary student, in the house while the cameras weren't on. And also how being Top Chef takes more than cooking skills. You're screwed if nobody wants to work with you. I overthought my dish and I was kicking myself for months because of it. Her dish may have eeked out mine, but the lack of originality was so obvious to me. Does anyone remember the fig stuffed gnocchi from Ted Allen's challenge? Which by the way, she did not provide a recipe for or help me with, I made those all by my lonesome. She is an incredibly talented cook. She is versatile, she understands flavors, and she is technically skilled. Please believe me, I want her to succeed in this business. We need more competent female leaders in the industry. But after seeing her at the reunion and the finale, she has not changed a bit. You can't be this crazy cutthroat person and expect everyone to be hunky dory with you after the fact, especially if you admit no wrong doing. You'll all see the Tiffani and Dave show next week. And if she fails in the restaurant business, she can always become an actress. THAT my friends, she is GREAT at.

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    ^^thanks for the extra info. I can't believe how much I am addicted to this show. I can't wait for them to 'scrape her of the ceiling' If Tuff wins the whole thing I might just kick my TV in.
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    Hi . I usually just enjoy reading these forums, I'm kind of shy. But I had to register to tell you all about the HYSTERICAL website my daughter happened upon. Yes, the sommelier everyone loves to hate has his own website and it must be seen to be believed!!!!!!!!! I don't know how to post links, so just type in his full name then .com..Enjoy!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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    Quote Originally Posted by rumrunner
    Hi . I usually just enjoy reading these forums, I'm kind of shy. But I had to register to tell you all about the HYSTERICAL website my daughter happened upon. Yes, the sommelier everyone loves to hate has his own website and it must be seen to be believed!!!!!!!!! I don't know how to post links, so just type in his full name then .com..Enjoy!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
    I have been to that pretentious site! lol. I find it hard to navigate when I start reading his reviews of the episodes..I can't seem to find a next button and can't proceed sometimes. He really does seem to be akind of child prodigy. the pic of him as a little kid with the refridgerator was cute though.
    http://www.stephenasprinio.com/
    (to post the link just go up to the url and copy it and then paste it. that is what I just did(I had to be told too..:p )

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    Sorry, my bad. I just read through and saw that some one already posted a link to his site!!!! I guess I was too overcome with disbelief combined with the worst case of the giggles ever to even realize it!!!!!!!!!!!!I can only imagine the mail he must be getting!!!

    Sojitta, I have to say I was sad to see him go. He was by far the most entertaining chef, I could'nt wait every week to see him make an ass of himself over and over again!!!! I really liked LeeAnn and was hoping she would win, maybe I'm biased because she's from my hometown.

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    Quote Originally Posted by rumrunner
    Sorry, my bad. I just read through and saw that some one already posted a link to his site!!!! I guess I was too overcome with disbelief combined with the worst case of the giggles ever to even realize it!!!!!!!!!!!!I can only imagine the mail he must be getting!!!

    Sojitta, I have to say I was sad to see him go. He was by far the most entertaining chef, I could'nt wait every week to see him make an ass of himself over and over again!!!! I really liked LeeAnn and was hoping she would win, maybe I'm biased because she's from my hometown.
    No problem. don't miss the reunion show this Wednesday as Stephen will of course be back and apparently nearly gets into a fist fight with Crazy Chef Ken! also Stephen is apparently...wearing a t-shirt and jeans! LOL!..I would have thought cashmere myself..hehehe
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    here is the whole blog found in Google cashe:


    In the Frying Pan...
    The REAL Top Chef
    a little peace of mind
    Hi everybody,

    With much dread and humiliation, I watched tonight's episode when I returned home from a glorious dinner and night out with some friends (Andrea Beaman being one of them). I actually skipped the 10 and 11pm showing due to a lengthy meal at Tom's newly opened Craftsteak and the NBA playoffs at a bar nearby. Needless to say, I was feeling pretty good about everything in the end until I actually got home in time for the 1am rerun of episode 9. For the record, there is quite a bit not seen on tv. I may or may not seem petty in that last epi, but it all seems quite out of context because what is not shown is Big Tiff and the 28 someodd days Harold, Dave, and myself had to put up with her smug, arrogant, condescending bullshit. She beat up on A LOT of people. And what a fucking obnoxious know it all. We have already filmed the reunion and finale, and out of professionalism (and I guess "hope") I gave her the benefit of the doubt in terms of trying to see the good in Tiff and speaking posiitively about her outcome. She played me, just like she played the judges, and let me tell you, I'll say it once, I will say it a MILLION times, karma is a bitch. The show was a humbling experience for a majority of us. Even for someone like Stephen, he took it as an opportunity to learn a little bit more about himself and assess what he put out there (and believe it or not, he is a stand-up guy). There is a huge part of me that wants her to win. She is a strong female, creative, resourceful, and most of all, smart. But you ALL know when someone is trying to put one over on you. You ALL want to strangle that fucking manipulative two faced jerkoff on the job that seems to keep getting away with the snowjob. Not to detract from anyone's culinary skills, but I firmly stand by the fact that it takes much much more to lead a group of cooks, and inspire and work with others than sheer skill alone. No chef is an island. No Top Chef, including Tom Colicchio, achieved all that he/she has without the support and hard work of the staff below them. What it boils down to is people skills. And let me say, while the Red Dragon apparently wanted it more than anyone else in this competition, and was willing to go to any length to get there, she gets my props for a mission accomplished. "I didn't come here to make friends." Guess what bitch????

    In the end, I am so incredibly blessed to have met a group of people as passionate and focused about cooking and food as I am. I am still in close contact with many of my castmates...Dave, Cynthia, Candace, Harold, Miguel, Stephen, and especially Andrea. Top Chef was such a tremendous stepping stone for many of us. We review each episode as it debuts with the rest of tv land, with a bit of laughter and frustration, as the editting room is not necessarily kind, or just. Many of us are working on personal projects. Since the show, I have cooked New Year's dinner at the James Beard House in NYC, I am currently consulting on a remake of the German film ""Mostly Martha" starring Catherine Zeta Jones and Aaron Eckhart, we just finished production on our own show at The FCI "Chef's Story", which is set to debut on PBS in Spring of 2007, and god knows all of my other duties at the job keep my head spinning and my knives sharp. I want to thank all of you who have supported me and some of my soulmates on the show....we couldn't make great tv without the viewers. Please feel free to contact me at my work email: lwong@frenchculinary.com
    This has been one of the most bizarre and wonderful experiences in my life to date, and I don't think it will be the last. As long as you all keep eating, we'll try to stay ahead of the game, even with 16 hours and boxed cake mix.

    xo,
    Lee Anne

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    okay, here it is...
    there were so many motherfuckers on this show who should be pushed underneath a bus. There. I said it. The redhead and the sommelier were my top two candidates for roadkill. There is SO MUCH that is not shown on tv! Editing makes them look somewhat civil, but really....most people I know would love to the chance to dropkick either/both of them. Every time I think I am past any semblance of hatred/violence, I watch a new episode and reaffirm that someone at Bravo is getting blowjobs from Tiffani and Stephen. I am drunk, after a fabulous dinner at WD-50. I will rant more manana.

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    Reality TV MY ASS
    So, I am watching a part of my life, and more importantly, pieces of me, roll out on camera, along with the rest of America. Those of you who know me were aware of the fact that last fall I headed out west to film this new reality show, Top Chef, for Bravo. Initially, my boss had contacted me last Spring and put me in touch with a casting producer from LA. We set up an interview a few days later while he was in New York, it went well, and then it fell off my plate for the summer. It is incredible when I think about how it snowballed from that first phone call to flying out to LA for less than 24 hours to do a final audition. Reality TV, which I hate and never watch, has become another chapter in Wong's world. And now here it is, for all to see (or least those of you who have cable, let alone a television).

    There are several reasons why I am choosing to write this. The main reason is as an outlet, a way for me to cope with reliving these bizarre circumstances that are supposed to make for "good tv". Other reasons include letting you all in at once on the REAL behind the scenes actions, as I am sure you are all loyally tuning in to it every Wednesday at 10pm to see what other funny bullshit rolls out of my mouth, and also so I won't have to keep repeating any sob stories so you all are like, "Shut the fuck up Lee Anne". This will also serve as a diary of sorts, a way for me to remember my initial reactions to seeing each episode for the first time (because we all know my memory looks like a succelent piece of Jarlsberg cheese after years of minor mayhem). Read on if you wish, or stop here...these are my ramblings which may or may not interest any or all of you. If any part of you happens to have seen and liked the show, you may want to read on, as there are MILES of tape on the cutting room floor. Bravo has edited down approximately 1 month of my life into a number of 60 minute segments (less if you account for commercials). Call it commentary, of sorts (and imagine Marv Albert's voice if it makes it more entertaining). Call it "101 Reasons to Stay Off the Tellie". I would call it a once in a lifetime experience, and the reason I got involved in the first place is out of sheer curiosity.

    I never had aspirations to be on television. Oddly enough, my job at the French Culinary has trained me for just that; entertaining and engaging crowds of strangers through the delights of food and cooking, better known as "the dog and pony show". I'll make no bones about it, I'm fucking great in front of a crowd. RoboWong with a knife and saute pan. Really. If I ever figure out how to do it, I'll post my audition tape that Bravo had asked me to create in a day (they asked me to keep it down to less than 5 minutes, so I touched upon my few of my favorite things...diver scallops, pork/bacon, and bourbon....I even threw in a cheap flambe trick to really get their attention, noncooks love that shit). I signed my life away via fed ex and fax and then at the drop of a hat, I went to San Francisco on October 24th.

    A few weeks before that, I was flown out via Song Airlines (which doesn't suck like most airlines) for a final audition in L.A. I took a flight out of JFK at 4pm on a Friday, and dropped at LAX around 7pm. I only took an overnight bag, with a change of clothes, and my chef whites, which I had been asked to bring. The name of the casting company is called "the Magical Elves". Somebody somewhere was smoking someshit when they came up with that one. In any case, there was a fleet of them at the bottom of the escalator waiting to pick up me and however many other potential cast members off of multiple flights that were arriving. I was first down the escalator. Immediately I was instructed not to speak to anybody else that came down that escalator. (the bullshit begins...starting....now). So I watched... and waited, sizing up 3 others that were obviously on the same flight as I was. First girl down the escalator immediately broke the rules and starts whispering to me. Nothing funnier than watching a bunch of production assistants (or PA's for short), all with piercings, ragged tshirts, and secret service headgear, trying to shush a couple of strangers their own age or older. My brow furrowed as the next two came down the magic stairs; an older lady in green high heel sandals, with WAY too much perfume and 20 scarves and dangly earrings. And a rather large young man in a Lower East Side tshirt with a goofy smile. While constantly being reminded not to talk to each other, myself and the first girl were escorted to a minivan, while we waited for the other two, who had CHECKED luggage for their overnight stay at the beautiful Days Inn off the freeway to Santa Monica. We were all taken one by one, separately to our rooms (again, James Bond meets homeless Long Beach twentysomething) for our first introduction to being sequestered. I was given $150 for room service for the weekend, and instructions that my interview was at 9am the next morning, and my psych exam at 4pm, with a bunch of paperwork to fill out before then. Then I was locked in my room.

    I had already signed multiple documents stating that I (for example) may be subjected to hidden cameras, couldn't sue for injury due to flame, skydiving, or horseback riding, and may be subjected to public ridicule at some point or another (that time being now...). So being locked in my hotel room, within minutes, I have a PA walk me down to the front desk where I give them my credit card so I can access the pay per view porn and the mini bar. Then I am locked in the room again, and I proceed to blow the $150 in one shot on a decent bottle of champagne and terrible, terrible hotel food. It is an eerie and pretty fucking funny feeling...thinking there may be a hidden camera in your room. Imagine me climbing the hotel furniture to inspect the smoke alarms, etc. Nuff said.

    Had my interview with the scary producers the next day. Same CIA BS getting down to the 2nd floor..."coming down the hall with potential cast.....hold here.....turning the corner with potential cast....." Quick, relatively painless, and while I brought my chef whites with me to the interview, they never asked me to put it on, or photograph me in it ("Does this mean they do not like me???") Back to my room. I proceed to raid the mini bar, watch a string of movies (Star Wars 3 and Wedding Crashers included) and fill out my 600 question psych eval. This part was funny. I think I actually called Shannon for his opinion on how I should tackle some of these true false queries.
    "I like science."
    "I have an interest in dentistry."
    "I love my mother."
    "The moon is made out of cheese."
    "Someone is always watching me."
    "If the moon was made out of cheese, I would serve it with Carr's Water crackers and sliced apples."
    "I like sports."
    "Television and books interest me."
    "There are people out to get me."
    "Blue is my favorite color."

    The paranoia questions were real fun.

    4pm: Psych eval with Dr. Barry someoneoranotherinareallybadpolyestershirt

    Obviously, he's not that good. The Irishman slipped through.

    At 5pm I settle back into the room, put back a few more $7 mini bar Heinekens, and then I get a phone call from a Magical Elf, asking me if I want to catch the 10pm redeye back to NY. At this point I'm like, "SHIT! They want to get rid of me." For someone who had no interest in being on tv, I certainly found myself bewildered and slightly offended that I had been there less than 24hours before being sent home early.

    The freeway was my extent of sightseeing on that particular adventure.

    Back home, getting sketchy phone calls from THE magical elf, Lisa Marie, who ended up being our casting producer, "I can't officially say anything nooooow, BUT get your ducks in a row....blah blah blah"

    I got the official "Congratulations, you are officially a castmember of Bravo's new series Top Chef.." as I was popping a bottle of champagne at Paladar with a friends on Friday, October 22.

    And off to San Francisco.

    The next blog will recap episodes 1 and 2, which I had hoped to cover tonight, but alas, this bottle of Pinot Noir and the antibiotics I am on for the flu have prohibited me from typing further. Thank you for your time.

    Pork Rulez,
    Lee Anne

    March 16, 2006 in Television | Permalink | Comments (1)


    It's nice to know other people are as obsessed about this show as I am! hehe!

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    Thanks for LeeAnne's transcripts. I can't wait for the reunion show...although I don't know what I'll watch in two weeks when this is over

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