Beverly Kim Claims Top Chef: Texas Gave Her Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder
Sorry, did she think making a dish with insane restrictions in 30 minutes while Tom Colicchio barked at her was going to be healthy for her self-esteem? Poor Beverly Kim. Top Chef: Texas’ poster child for the anti-bullying movement was profiled in the Chicago Tribune for her work teaching at CUL-249, the student-run restaurant at Kendall College’s School of Culinary Arts.
Expediting the tasting menu she wrote with the students is essentially Bev’s main cheffing job right now, which makes her happy, and is a perfectly respectable gig. But it probably stings just a bit for an acclaimed Top Chef alumnus to fall into that whole “those who can’t: teach” thing, no? On top of that, she admitted all the serious emotional damage her stint on Top Chef caused her. According to the Tribune:
Whether the drama was genuine or the show edited to fit a narrative, Kim said she emerged from “Top Chef” with “post-traumatic stress disorder.” Kim said she accepted this in exchange for possible career advancement, and for a while it worked: Kim was getting more diners than ever at Aria, the Fairmont Chicago hotel restaurant where she was executive chef.
Then, she took over a Michelin-starred restaurant to try and execute her own tasting menu. It closed within two months. Rough. So now, she’s teaching a brand new batch of up-and-coming wannabe cheftestants, and hopefully instilling in them the necessary emotional skills to prevent things like Sarah Grueneberg shell-shock.