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We've just begun shooting Season 2 of "Top Chef" in Los Angeles, and sitting on set my mind is wandering to last season's cast and -- specifically -- what the heck is up with our Top Chef Harold Dieterle.
I called Harold to check in and find out wassup.....
YO TOP CHEF!
Yo Andy! What's up dog?
DO PEOPLE ON THE STREET YELL "TOP CHEF" WHEN THEY SEE YOU?
It's happened once or twice.
WHAT'S THE MOST SURREAL THING THAT'S HAPPENED TO YOU SINCE WINNING TOP CHEF?
Just the fact that I am following my dream and opening up a restaurant in NYC.
ANY FANS THAT YOU'VE BEEN SURPRISED BY?
Yes -- the show has a really broad audience so a lot of people you wouldn't expect to be passionate about food pull you out and say "Hi." A couple weeks ago, I was in Jersey fishing and we got pulled over in the boat and the Marine Cop recognized me. It happens everywhere.
BUT BEING ONE OF PEOPLE MAGAZINE'S SEXY ELIGIBLE BACHELORS MUST'VE BEEN KIND OF SURREAL, RIGHT?
Yeah it's silly actually. I'm just gonna be myself. I always ask my friends if I am acting differently and tell them that if I do they should smack the shit out of me. I need to remember where I came from!
HOW WAS ASPEN?
It was amazing -- a great time, great partying. There were so many people who were passionate about the show and passionate about food who were so great to me. It's amazing to meet people you've inspired.