As if waiting tables at a restaurant weren't grueling enough, every once in a while there's a customer who refuses to even tip, à la last week's Applebee's debacle. But while many stars once worked as servers and know all too well the sorrow that is miserly customers, some never even got the chance like Sports Illustrated swimsuit model Chrissy Teigen, whom Red Robin once refused to hire. Grub Street caught up with her and fiancé John Legend at last night's amfAR Gala at Cipriani Wall Street to talk about her relationship with the burger chain, love of greasy bowling alley food, and what else? Legend's custom-made bowling ball.
So Valentines Day is coming up. Any big plans?
John Legend: We are both working on Valentines Day. She has to work in Vegas and I have to work in L.A., but Ill take care of her. Ill make sure she has a nice Valentines Day present. Its a mans job to do this. Women, not so much.
Chrissy Teigen: I tend to think of Valentines Day as a man holiday, and not just because Im a woman. Hes very good at it. Hes good at all holidays, but Im also good about dropping hints.
Legend: Shes a good hint-dropper.
Do either of you have experience being a waiter or waitress?
Legend: I havent. [To Chrissy.] Have you?
Teigen: Red Robin wouldnt hire me. Their application asked questions like, Whats your highest bowling score? I still couldnt get hired.
Legend: She couldnt pass the steroids test. Shes on a lot of performance-enhancing drugs.
Are you guys big bowlers?
Teigen: At one point, we were really great bowlers. We were so hard-core that I once got John a custom bowling ball for his birthday.
Legend: It had my face on it.
Teigen: Yeah, I got John a bowling ball with his face on it, so every time he held it up to his face, there was another face.
Legend: A gift for the vain.
So whats your highest score?
Legend: My highest score was still only about 140.
Teigen: Thats his highest score. Mine is probably 145, because I beat you every time.
And how often do you bowl?
Teigen: Its been a while, but at one point in time, we were going two or three times a week.
Legend: Its a good activity on tour because in any city, you can find a bowling alley.
Teigen: And greasy food and drinks. And thats all I need.
Bowling alleys are kind of germy, no?
Teigen: Oh, its disgusting. The best ones are really gross.
Back to not getting hired by Red Robin. What is Red Robin?
Teigen: Its a burger chain.
Legend: Its like T.G.I. Fridays, but
Teigen: How dare you! Its fantastic burgers but an emphasis on crazy concoction drinks. I really wanted to work there.
But they rejected you.
Where was this?
Teigen: In Washington state. In a mall. I was 16..
Well, I guess you showed them.
Legend: And now shes in Sports Illustrated.
Teigen: They still, to this day, have the best ranch dressing, and you can quote me on that one.
Legend: Youve never taken me to Red Robin, baby.
Theres your Valentines Day right there.