The Tragic Tales Behind ‘Top Chef’

Harold Dieterle leveraged his win into a restaurant, at least.Photo: Jessica Wynne

So lets say you somehow make it on to Top Chef or Project Runway, elbowing past the thousands of other rivals seeking to fertilize the egg of an upcoming reality-TV-show season. And lets say you even win the contest, getting crowned Top Chef or No. 1 designer: Shouldnt that be enough to launch a career? You would think it would be, but as Jennifer Seniors article from this weeks issue reveals, it often isnt a fact we hope our own Top Chef non-winners, like our friends Joey and Lia, will remember as they return to the kitchens they knew before fame came calling.

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