I had actually gone out with Stephen after the WB party. I heard about judges table going until 4 in the morning the next day! And I heard all about what went down. What I have seen thus far in these episodes is that these contestants really don't hold back with each other. There's a lot of anger and name calling going on too. But Mia reminds me a little of Lisa and Andrea in the first season. Lisa had a husband and two children she left behind while she was filming in San Francisco. She missed them terribly throughout her entire time there. Andrea, after being eliminated once, knew when she had had enough of the competition and opted to go home. All three are incredibly strong women, all successful in their own right. I am sure Mia is doing well for herself these days. She really did save Elia from going home that night, and it was by far one of the most touching and selfless moments I had seen from any of them at that point.
It was a really perfect night, the night of the party, and the illusion of snow falling made me glow from the inside, reminding me of perfect snowfall in NY. Special thanks to all of the people at Warner Brothers and LA Magazine. They were so great to work with and helped give new meaning to the word 'location' for us. I'm sending out holiday wishes to all of my family and friends, and especially to my newest family, all of the wonderful people who have come into my life in the past year through this blessing known as Top Chef.