Greg in Hollywood chats with Charlie Sheen’s chef Khristianne Uy, winner of ABC’s “The Taste”
I didn’t watch any of ABC’s The Taste but now that I’ve chatted with the incredibly cool Khristianne Uy, I’m going to go back and watch some.
From the first minute of our conversation a few days ago, I was just delighted to be talking to her – enjoying every minute.
Known as Chef K, the proud lesbian who is Charlie Sheen’s personal chef was crowned winner of the inaugural season of The Taste on Tuesday.
‘I used recipes from my family and cooked from the heart,’ Chef K told me the morning the finale aired. ‘I made sure I didn’t waste any minutes and I used every technique and training. My rule is I’m only as good as my last meal.’
After making it to the final four, Chef K beat out fellow finalists Diane DiMeo, Gregg Drusinksy and Sarah Schiear. Upon winning, she said she’d trade in her prizes to make gay marriage legal. So she is donating a portion of her winnings to the Human Rights Campaign and other LGBT causes.
She and girlfriend Brittany Wiener have been together for a year. Ironically, they met when Chef K was on an episode of the Bravo show Millionaire Matchmaker in an episode to air March 19.
On her way to the first prize of $100,000 and a 2013 Ford C-Max Hybrid, the chef had to put up with some bullying from a few fellow contestants.
‘There was not another gay person in the top 16 so there were some who thought they just kept me as the token lesbian,’ she says. ‘I got little comments from some competitors like, “YOU made it this far?” “You’re Charlie Sheen’s chef. Do you just make burgers and hot dogs?” There was like a lot of bullying – men with big egos.’
‘I didn’t pack my bags,’ she adds. ‘I don’t know why they were still talking when we were all there to cook. It was to my advantage. The more I heard those words, the more I became focused and used those words to empower me.’
Before going to work for Sheen a year ago, she had already worked for director James Cameron (Avatar, The Titanic), American Idol producer Simon Fuller, and the royal family of Saudi Arabia.
As for Sheen, he was publicly supportive of his chef’s participation on The Taste and tweeted Tuesday that ‘the Sheenius only works with #winners.’
‘He’s so gracious,’ she says of the Anger Management star. ‘He’s known to the world as this bad boy character but he says, “Can you?” “Please” and “Thank you.” He remembers stories I tell him and he’s there.’
Chef K plans to keep working for Sheen for awhile although she is interested in doing more television now that she’s done The Taste and Millionaire Matchmaker.
‘Anything can happen,’ she says. ‘When you picture something so much, the next thing you know it’s happening. That’s what happened on the show. There was 8,500 people (trying out) to begin with so it was beating all the odds.’