Kevin Pang in the Tribune gathered the six Chicagoans who competed on Top Chef for a post-mortem on the most Chicagocentric season ever. The goal, to answer all your questions: does everyone hate Beverly? Does everyone hate Heather? Does everyone hate losing? We think we're pretty realistic about both the TV and the restaurant biz, but still, we learned a thing or two, as in, we were kind of appalled by a thing or two.
• They're kind of kept prisoner. Richie Farina reveals that when you get cut, you're basically kept in the hotel until the 7-week shoot is over; you can go out for three hours a day, and get $50 a day to spend.
• They needed the money. Chris Jones may be a top chef at a highly-rated, muy expensive restaurant (Moto), but he really hoped to win $125,000 and finally be able to buy a house. As John Waters said long ago, everybody assumes if you're on TV, you're rich, but it ain't necessarily so.
• People take this stuff way too seriously. Heather Terhune, after being cast as the bad guy in a couple of episodes, got death threats and NBC Universal security was called in. Nevertheless, she says business is way up because people want to come to Sable and see her.