Mike Isabella. Current Executive Chef at Zaytinya restaurant in DC has revealed to the world that he is a backward, sexist pig on the season premiere of Top Chef: Las Vegas (season 6).
Here’s the story:
The first quickfire challenge this season was a relay race using typical Las Vegas ingredients: clams, lobster, prawns, and ribs. (For you non-watchers of Top Chef, a quickfire challenge is the first challenge in each episode. It’s usually done in under 30 minutes and with impossibly ridiculous ingredients.) Mike was in charge of shucking the clams for his team, and was extremely confident and motivated to win (read: cocky and arrogant). He worked very quickly but became extremely distressed when he found that Jennifer Carroll, self-proclaimed “Bitch of the Kitchen”– of the blue team, was going just as quickly as he was. And then, the sexist pig reared its head: “There’s no way, no offense– but a girl shouldn’t be at the same level as I am.”
I was SHOCKED to see this guy speaking this way– he knows this is going to be on TV, does he think he can actually get away with behavior like this? Hello? Earth to Mike: Prejudice = Not Cool. Sexism = Not Cool.
Maybe it was editing, but until he redeems himself in the eyes of this viewer I encourage all of you in the DC area (and beyond!) to let Zaytinya know that you don’t appreciate dining when a closed-minded chef is in the kitchen. You should also visit Bravo’s Top Chef website and let them know that you don’t appreciate Mike’s behavior.