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Wednesday, October 1, 2014

Chris Cosentino Opens Up on the Price of Reality TV Fame

Posted By on Wed, Oct 1, 2014 at 1:58 PM

Wow. In a raw, brutally honest talk at the MAD symposium in Copenhagen, Top Chef cheftestant and San Francisco chef Chris Cosentino opened up about the downsides to reality TV fame. He started doing the shows to get more exposure for his restaurants, provide more opportunities, and provide better for his family.

But it ended up a nightmare where he says he ended up feeling like a bully, and his stomach and intestines were in such bad shape from all the competitive eating that it "looked like I swallowed a wolverine that tried to scratch itself out." Plus, he didn't make any money from the whole deal, and even worse than that, didn't really like the side of himself that the competition brought out. 

The whole speech is a cautionary tale for anyone who's considering a reality TV show. Pair with Season 1 of The Comeback and if you still want to do it when you're done, godspeed my friend.

[via First We Feast]
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Anna Roth is SF Weekly's former Food & Drink Editor and author of West Coast Road Eats: The Best Road Food From San Diego to the Canadian Border.


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