This Blogger’s Response to Top Chef 2 whiner...I mean winner.
by Chef Back Burner
For those of you who care, my opinion is...YOU WON!!! Get over it. Take the money and move on. You were on a reality show and it still seems to me that even with that experience under your belt you still don't understand it as well as many people out here in the "blogosphere". Reality competition shows are about one thing...winning and it’s not for free. It costs something....that might include your reputation. Like it or not. You signed up, you sold your soul and now your complaining about what winning $100,000 dollars lost you personally. Most people work 5 or 6 days a week, anywhere from 8 to 14 hours a day for an entire year with limited vacation and sick leave to earn at times half of that. You took a short-cut. Nothings wrong with that but you didn’t think it would come easy, did you? It seems to this blogger that you should have educated yourself about reality shows before you went on and said the things you said whether they were in response to something or not...as you said and I quote “I can't say that because everything I said in the show came out of my own mouth.” All you really screwed up was the priceless amount of publicity the show can get you if you can hold your tongue and not become a playground bully. But I believe you’ll make it through.
Harold survived it...actually, it seems to me that most people who participate survived it...win or lose. Suck it up, own it. This is part of life, one of perhaps the 2 greatest lesson, that are the hardest for most people to swallow: Number 1 being, every one is going to die...that one still shakes me up. Number 2, however, is not EVERYONE is going to like you ALL the time. This is true, with or without a reality show editor, ask Donald Trump and Rosie O’Donnell. I’m sure that there were some people in your life, before you joined Season 2 of Top Chef, who thought you were a bit of a...well let’s say it...prick, honestly. Maybe they weren’t as vocal as us “bloggernauts” but I’m sure they were out there.
I think you should calm down for awhile. Try to present yourself in a post-Top Chef mindset. And if I can drop a bit of advice on you: lose your mom. I mean don’t lose her just get her under control. You don’t need her to fight your battle’s. Despite your behavior, I think you’re a big boy who can handle things himself. If you don’t put the kibosh on her now next thing you know she’ll be posting your naked baby pictures to prove what an angel you are...and THAT you won’t live down.