In case you missed it, yes that really was Bravo's Top Chef alum Antonia Lofaso making a cameo during the December 15 episode of The Bachelorette. The appearance took place during Ben Smith's "hometown" date with Tayshia Adams.
Prior to her appearance on The Bachelorette this week, the chef appeared on Season 4 and Season 8 of Top Chef, as well as Top Chef Duels. She serves as the executive chef of Scopa Italian Roots, DAMA, and Black Market Liquor Bar. But she also has a strong connection to Ben.
According to ET, Ben reportedly trains Antonia at his gym, Deuce. "I told you before, my life is full of strong, decisive, bold, independent women, and the two people you're going to meet today are my two favorite -- a really close family friend, her name is Antonia, she is with me more than anybody else. And you and her are eerily similar, it's incredible," he told Tayshia on The Bachelorette this week. The other woman he was referring to is his sister Madeline.
On his instagram Stories this week, Ben commented that Antonia is "the best," which isn't the first time he's praised the L.A.-based chef. Last month on Antonia's birthday, Ben wrote, "I love you very much. Thank you for being you."
The feeling flows both ways, with Antonia commenting, "I love you my friend so much."
As for how she feels about appearing on The Bachelorette, Antonia shared her feelings on Instagram, writing, "Yes that’s me on @bacheloretteabc tonight at 8pm because it’s 2020 so it makes sense right @benveesmith[?]"
Ben's take? "It makes perfect sense."
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