Remember that great scene in the film Up in the Air, in which George Clooney, professional downsizer, cans J. Simmons (a.k.a the dad from Juno) from his nondescript corporate job? Then you get out of college and then you come and you work here." Clooney concludes with a motivational speech about destiny and sends Simmons off to begin a brand-new life—presumably as a chef. Simmons answers yes."Well, I doubt they ever admired you." Clooney talks about how kids admire athletes because they follow their dreams, and then shames our-soon-to-be-unemployed friend for selling out his own ambitions to secure a modest but steady income for his family."Your resume says that you minored in French culinary arts," Clooney continues, "Most students, they work on the fryer at KFC, but you bussed tables at Il Picador to support yourself.Now observe the current Bravo reality-TV show called Life After Top Chef, in which the cameras document the lives of four Top Chef alumni: Richard Blais, Fabio Viviani, Spike Mendelsohn, and Jen Carroll.Let's consider this piece of cinéma vérité in the light of living out one's vocational dream and ask: Is the nonfictional struggle for culinary success as admirable as Clooney thinks?returning on Wed, July 24th, we decided to compile a list of all the restaurants opened (and shuttered) by the original show's cheftestants from seasons 1-10, and provide updates on what they're up to now. Restaurants Opened: Meatball Factory (now closed) What's He Up to Now? It does not sound like it's a hard knock life for her, and it seems like she's dangerously in love with her job! It does, however, reveal that on Dec 8th, 2012, he wanted everyone to have a "Happy Hanukkah!!!!! He currently owns a hospitality consulting business.final four are heading to New Orleans for the finale, but for cheftestant Leah Cohen, the "last supper" challenge was her last challenge altogether.The New York native explains why she didn't think she deserved to be eliminated, how she became mentally spent and how her boyfriend took the news about her Hosea hookup.
(Watch this chef awkwardly pitch a restaurant idea to Food & Wine editor Dana Cowin!
But it's their decision and they had their reasons, so it's fine.
] I heard he fell and broke his hand, but then I saw him all bandaged up and was like, "What the hell happened?!
Watch that one get intimidated by the investors when talking about the ingredients on his menu!
) This show is about how the process wears down, in various ways, the four folks profiled on LATC.