‘Top Chef‘s Lynne Gigliotti is hilarious. You probably didn’t get that impression from watching her on TV, though, did you? Contrary to how she was portrayed on the show, the Culinary Institute of America instructor is actually outrageously blunt, funny, and outspoken. Take her feelings for fellow chef’testant, and frontrunner, Angelo: “He’s an arrogant prick,” she said in an interview Thursday. But it doesn’t end there! “I don’t like him. I don’t care if I ever talk to him again. And he can kiss my ass.” Yeow! So why is Lynne ready to set the oven to 400 and throw Angelo inside? And why didn’t we get a taste of this sass before she was eliminated in Wednesday night’s episode? Find out, below.
What happened with the pasta last night? You put it in too late?
Honestly? I put it in too late. I actually just got back from the doctor. I have a torn meniscus, which I did during filming. I was in a lot of pain. I really wasn’t up to my regular self. I was distracted by that because it hurt like hell – and still does.
How brutal was Judges Table?
I think they were very respectful. I honestly agreed with everything they said. It was still brutal for me because I’m used to people really loving my food, not tearing it apart. Then again, it was a cooking competition. That’s the nature of the beast. I should have known that going into it. But I didn’t know how I was going to do. And for God’s sake, I’m ten years older than the next person in line! I was surprised I was still walking!
Being ten years older, shacking up dorm-style with all the other chefs couldn’t have been a ball.
I always have a house full of people. I love to entertain. My house has an open door policy. For me, that was fun. I actually enjoyed being in the house with everybody. That’s the part that really concerned me before I went there and it ended up being completely enjoyable.
Concerned because you didn’t want to share a room with these unknowns?
I didn’t know what it was going to be like. I had no idea. ‘Am I going to like these people? Am I going to hate them?’ As it turned out, I liked them. For the most part.
Now you have to qualify ‘for the most part.’ Who was no good?
That would be Angelo. He’s an arrogant prick and I’m ashamed to say he’s a graduate of the Culinary Institute of America. He’s very talented, but he needs to learn to keep his mouth shut and learn some humility.
Was there something specific that happened that makes you say that?
He was yelling at me once to get out of his oven. As far as I know, it was everybody’s oven. And as far as I know, he didn’t buy all the equipment in the kitchen. I basically had enough of his bullsh*t. Everyone else was giving him the benefit of the doubt, saying he wasn’t a bad person. But I’m sorry, I disagree. I don’t like him. I don’t care if I ever talk to him again. And he can kiss my ass.
So everyone gave him the benefit of the doubt? You were alone on Angelo hate island?
Nobody feels as negative about Angelo as I do. I think he really has some issues as far as dealing with people.
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What’s your fondest memory from life at the house?
There was a lot of camaraderie in the house. And although I managed to look miserable in almost every shot, there were a lot of really cute moments. Timothy and I realized we actually knew each other. He used to work with my ex husband. That was really kind of cool.
I’d imagine that everyone is connected somehow.
Oh yeah. The culinary community is actually kind of small.
Was there anyone you were intimated by when you first came on?
The only person I was intimidated by was myself. I was wondering if I was going to be able to make it happen or not. I haven’t been in a restaurant kitchen in six years. Considering, I think I did pretty well.
Are you pleased with how you did? Were you ready to leave?
I would have liked to have made it farther, but considering my knee and my back, there was no way that was going to happen. I was miserable and I looked miserable. I don’t really think anyone wants to watch somebody on TV who looks miserable. Every time I saw myself I was like, ‘Oh my God. Get her off!’ I have a funny personality and it didn’t even come out!
Was that tricky editing or were you simply just miserable?
I think I was like that a lot of the time. But there were some moments where I was actually having a good time. I was like, ‘I actually have a personality. I’m not miserable!’ I look like a miserable bitch on TV! My mother would be so proud.
Is there anyone you’re rooting for for the win?
I would love to see Andrea win. She’s got three little kids and she works her ass off. But she already has a restaurant, so I don’t know. I’d just love to see someone who doesn’t have their own restaurant win. Honestly, everyone is fine with me except Angelo. I don’t want him to win. I’m sorry.
But at this point it does sort of feel like the Angelo/Kenny show.
I’d rather have it be the Kenny show, because I like Kenny. Personally I’d like to see Kenny take Angelo outside and beat the sh*t out of him.
Tell me how you really feel!
I know! That is how I really feel. [Laughs] I’m sure if Kenny wanted to he could really put the smackdown on Angelo’s ass. I want to be Kenny’s wrestling manager.
You have to give him a good wrestling name.
He has one! Beast of the kitchen! That’s his thing. I think people that he works with call him that, but after that first Quickfire, I mean, hellooooo. I’ve never seen anybody that fast in my entire life.