‘Time Out New York’ Tries, in Vain, to Show a Nicer Side of Lisa Fernandes

Lisa Fernandes: the good side of the Gorgon.Photo courtesy BravoCan Lisa Fernandes ever win New York over? In the latest stage of the Gorgon-rehabilitation project, Time Out New York writer Ashlea Halpern — who spent time with Fernandes on a recent cooking feature — found herself sorta liking the Top Chef villain. “Can a woman who delights in taking her girlfriend’s kid out to Asian buffets and explaining the myriad strange foods on offer really be ‘rotted to the core’?” Halpern mused. “Can a chef who oohs and ahhs over cutesy products like Kewpie mayo, or who can make a fishmonger at a Flushing supermarket chuckle despite the language barrier really be ‘the culinary Antichrist’?” These questions aren’t purely rhetorical ones. We’re still thinking about them.

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