Jo Anderson wrote: Lee Anne - Please elaborate about your diet and how you learned to eat right. Jo
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Susan wrote: LA, love your blog but I must question your involvement with the production staff for Season 2. You say you were brought in to define the rules of the challenges. Are you an attorney? It seems not only suspect to hire a former losing contestant on the show but extremely unethical. Why not enlist the other 11 cast members from Season 1? In all fairness, you didn't even make it to the top three! There is also talk around other fan sites that you are dating the director of the show. Hmmm.... Would love to you to address this. Perhaps that is how you get the "inside scoop." It all sounds pretty unprofessional for a show that is supposedly on the up and up.
Yes, I am a losing contestant from Season 1. No, I am not an attorney. And who I happen to be dating is none of your business. The Elves hired me because of my perspective from being a contestant in Season 1, and also because of my experience in a kitchen and on a TV set. Part of my job at The FCI involves setting the stage for other chefs when they come to give a demonstration or presentation. This involves logistical aspects such as coordinating recipes and schedules, ordering food and budgeting, setting up mis en place and equipment, and working with the chef to basically make sure he/she has everything they need to ensure a successful presentation.
Working on the set of Top Chef was slightly different, and took quite a bit of adjusting and learning, but my familiarity with such situations made it a comfortable fit. As far as defining the rules, I worked with the executive producers to make sure that the actual written rules would cover any questions the contestants may have and make the challenges explicitly clear to them so there would not be any incident where, "I didn't know" or "I didn't understand" would come up. All rules are sent to NBC legal for approval before we proceed with a challenge. And for the record, The Magical Elves are not only incredibly professional, but also happen to be very good at what they do.