Ex-Dallas chef Casey Thompson sure does know how to cook up controversy. Reality TV thrives on controversial characters, and we will give her this—she made for some good reality television in not just one, but two seasons of Bravo's “Top Chef.”
Thompson went from a North Texas business major to earning her first culinary position at The Mansion on Turtle Creek where she gradually worked her way up through the ranks of sous chefs under the revered celebrity chef Dean Fearing.
She later became a chef at Shinsei restaurant before joining “Top Chef” where she was runner-up during the show’s 3rd season. She returned for the finale of Season 5 to assist front-runner Carla Hall, who subsequently lost after a disastrously-prepared meal in the finale.
Fiesty, for sure, but what really busts our lamb chops is the fact that Thompson's abandoned Dallas. Unlike fellow Top Chef contestant Tre Wilcox, or Food Network's Lisa Garza, Thompson made for the coast nearly a year ago and has decided doing "personal appearances" were more her style than working in Shinsei.
Hey, we're all for making the best out of your reality show "stardom," but leaving the place that cultivated that culinary skill so quickly moves you from taking an opportunity to just being opportunistic.