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Casey Thompson Speaks Out About Top Chef

Casey speaks! And she doesn’t sound happy, folks. I asked her to comment on last night’s episode, and here’s what she had to say:

Carla was not prepared and in over her head. The show did not talk about how the first course (crab) took her half of the friggin’ cooking time that day, I was left to work the rest of HER dishes.

She also did not have a plan. The ONLY thing she had in mind was a cheese course! I would NEVER do a cheese course. And where in the hell did french come from!? She is not even classically trained! It (the show) didn’t talk about how I worked on a sauce for 2 days and Carla forgot to put it on the plate… It didn’t show how the 2nd course (fish) was MINE. It didn’t show how she took the sous vide idea and decided to GRILL it last minute causing it to be tough… And it didn’t show how she WANTED to do the souffles which she does not even know how to make! That was HER food, because it certainly was me asking her how she wanted to do this and that while she was busy picking crab the entire time and making a souffle that didn’t rise!

I am done with TC. I did not influence her. She has NO ideas of her own, oh, except a cheese course.

Wow.

249 comments on “Casey Thompson Speaks Out About Top Chef

  1. Ummm, Casey, so, some “accquaintance” approaches you via email or Facebook or whatever and you just spew this venom out for the world to see and then you want to claim it’s “not your fault?” Casey? HELLO? Either you are a stupid moron or deliberately mean (possibly a combination of both)…either way, princess, you come off horribly. Get over yourself — it was not your challenge to lose. Do I think Carla should have stood up to your (obviously, in hindsight) crap ideas? Yes. But there is no reason to act like SHE was YOUR sous chef and ruined your chances. Gawd.

    Carla – wasn’t sure about you at first but I grew to feel the love! Hootie-hoo! Good luck, Carla, in all your future endeavors!

  2. Most of the commentators have expressed my feelings perfectly, but just to make sure I am heard, Casey, this statement that you made is just mean. I doubt it was Carla that inspired your rage, perhaps it was the rest of us, who feel you took over on Carla’s night, that you screwed her out of the title.

    Well it was 50/50, you gave bad suggestions, and she went along with you. No matter what you say now, we have it on tape, you made the suggestions.

    And you made a sauce for two days (did you have two days to cook?) that was never used? There was no issue about sauce it was the meat that screwed her, and even if she did try to grill it, it was probably only to try to save it. Poached beef, yuck!

    All the good was yours, and all the bad was hers, is that what you are saying? And everyone thinks Stefan is egotistical!

    I will try to be like Carla and just send you love, but you make it really hard to do so.

  3. Carla Rules and should have taped Casey’s mouth shut and said “you, work for me and do what I tell you”; either she tried to sabotage her or she was as untalented and lame that her ideas failed her this time just like the last time. There’s a reason you lost the first time around Casey darling! and now ungrateful lil worm, go back and crawl under the rock you came from so we dont have to hear your two-faced, fake nice b.s. again. Byyeeeeeeeeeeeeeeee!

  4. Hmmm. I did hear Carla say cheese course, but I clearly heard her say “my version of meat and potatoes” and “corncake”. So, although Carla is to blame for taking Casey’s advice, it is not the case that Casey didn’t influence her.
    It would be useful to see the out-takes of Carla grilling the meat and Casey making the sauce. I do blame Carla for not turning down the souffle, also. But, I would have preferred her winning over other contestants, as I wish casey had won on her contest – but recall that she fell apart in that episode.

  5. I loved Carla early on when I noticed how sweet and comforting she was with the losers. At that time, her kooky side wasn’t as evident. As the competition carried on, I found her quirks endearing, as a fellow oddball myself.

    Regardless of how Casey’s comments were obtained, she had to know they were “on the record.” I mean, my goodness, it was an email with an acquaintance after all (never heard of copy and paste or forwarding?). If she didn’t want those comments published, she should have kept her blunt and honest words restricted to those she trusted implicitly (say Catherine, but Catherine is posting here seemingly in proxy for Casey).

    In line with the consensus, Casey’s defensive statements against Carla went beyond the pale. It’s one thing to offer more perspective as to what happened behind the scenes than what was aired on Top Chef, but it’s inexcusable and unwarranted to belittle Carla’s credentials (e.g., she’s not classically trained) or her skills.

    By virtue of the Ripert challenge alone, Carla proved she had the classically-trained background and techniques to dissect a Ripert dish and replicate it. In contrast, look how poorly Jaime did in the same challenge. So even if Carla had never divulged she had French cuisine training, any viewer could conclude she had the background.

    Tsk, tsk, Casey. Instead of criticizing how your comments became public, you ought to own up those words came out of your mind unforced and you should sincerely and directly apologize for the harsh words about Carla.

  6. I’m not really a Carla fan, but it’s obvious that she is a very sweet person. I felt bad for her when she got stuck with Typhoid Casey.

    I never understood why Casey had any fans. On her season I thought she was stuck-up, boring, untalented, and her looks were totally overrated. She’s generic in every way. Her nasty comments are no surprise to me, she always seemed very bitter, whiny and self-entitled. Maybe she should try getting a job writing recipes for GOOP – she would fit right in with those snotty,pretentious twits.

    So here’s hoping for much success for sweet Carla, and for Typhoid Casey to go sous vide herself.

  7. “Ok People
    Lectures and scoldings noted
    Time to move on”
    *************************
    The lynch mob won’t be happy, until they get
    their pound of flesh.

    The really sad thing is that if these people were true fans of Carla, she would never condone such behavior

  8. Wow Casey…….I knew there was a reason you seemed phony to me during your season. Now I see it plain as day. Editing or not….you should have kept your mouth shut, and let Carla speak. I don’t care what you say about editing, it DOES show you making your voice heard, and of course, Carla goes along with it, because she knew you were in the finale before, took your advice. And she’s already down from losing, then you had to go and kick her even worse. How low is that? Why don’t you grow up, go back to your lil diner or whatever it is you do, and stop bad mouthing people. Carla is a much better cook than you, and you have no right whatsoever to cut her down.

  9. You people are nuts. Casey is a great chef and she worked her ass off in the finale. Too see how she has been scapegoated by both the public as well as the producers is VERY disappointing.

    FWIW…I like Carla. She seems like she has the ability to comfort food well.

    It also seems like she drew a complete and utter fucking blank during the finale.

    Casey is being ripped by everyone, so she responded, and defended herself. Period. Was she a little excessive? Possibly. But who else was in that kitchen? Any of us on this fucking board? No. No way. We have no idea what happened beyond what the TC producers have arranged for us to see.

    If Casey feels the need to defend herself (you, since her CAREER DEPENDS ON PEOPLE HAVING FAITH IN HER FUCKIN COOKING ABILITY), then as long as it is THE TRUTH, so be it.

    It’s not fake or shallow…its so much more fucking real than the producers of TC

  10. Sadly Casey didn’t write her e-mails the way she should. She should ALWAYS assume anything she puts in writing will be read by someone other than the person she sent it to. E-mail can always be passed by the person receiving it or hacked into and published. I’m sure what she said was felt was because of all the heat she’s taken for trying to help Carla. However, she did herself no favors and just made herself look unprofessional and cruel. I’m sorry she wasn’t more circumspect before she spouted off.

  11. I used to like Casey, but this is just beyond the pale. Absolutely classless. There was no reason to trash Carla. I don’t care if Top Chef took unfair liberties with the editing. That’s not Carla’s fault. Carla acknowledged that she shouldn’t have let Casey drive any of her cooking and that she had made other mistakes. She didn’t blame Casey for them at any point. She blamed herself for not trusting her own style of cooking. It seems perfectly obvious that Carla cannot cook or conceptualize Casey’s style as well as Casey can.

    Dear Casey,
    I was going to be in Dallas at the end of the summer and was planning to spend a lot of money at your restaurant. I’m going to go to Chili’s instead.

  12. I want to clear up something Casey said in her comments. Carla IS CLASSICALLY TRAINED.
    “Graduate Carla Hall is in Final of “Top Chef” Cook Off
    February 26: 10:00PM
    L’Academie de Cuisine graduate, Carla Hall was in the Top Three Finalists.” This info ia from her school’s website.
    It appears to me that Casey was embarrased by what happened and wanted to strike back with any weapon she THOUGHT she had. Wrong again Casey, just like when you didn’t win. Me thinks she does protest too much!

  13. Casey, this was not your challange to lose again. You should have kept your friggin mouth shut and let Carla cook what she had planed. At the end on the day, it was Carla’s decision to go with your ideas. I’m sure she is kicking herself in the butt about listining to you. She should have been mean and nasty just like you and said, shut up, we are cooking what I originally had pland out!

  14. “Dear Casey,
    I was going to be in Dallas at the end of the summer and was planning to spend a lot of money at your restaurant. I’m going to go to Chili’s instead.”

    Yeah bro, you have a palate for fine dining… :|

  15. Wow! Any respect I had for Casey just flew out the window. I understand that she wants to defend herself and her business after the way the final episode was edited, but this was not the way to do it.

    Show some class, and don’t shoot off any more emails when you’re angry because it will make you look like an ass.

    And one more thing: Casey is not classically trained so I have no idea where she gets off using that as an insult. Casey, who can’t even chop up an onion the way a chef is supposed to and who thinks that coq au vin can be made with chicken. poulet = chicken; coq = cockerel. I live in France and am married to a Frenchman, and when we saw that episode with the “coq” au vin we howled with laughter. As if saying that her grandmother was “French” would validate the dish as coq au vin! To quote Christopher Ciccone in part: If your grandmother was French, “then I’m a monkey”. And as for the sous-vide idea in this last season’s final episode? Uninspired and gimmicky. As Spike wrote over at Top Chef twitter, “sous stupid”. Didja read that, Casey?

  16. “Casey, this was not your challange to lose again. You should have kept your friggin mouth shut and let Carla cook what she had planed. At the end on the day, it was Carla’s decision to go with your ideas. I’m sure she is kicking herself in the butt about listining to you. She should have been mean and nasty just like you and said, shut up, we are cooking what I originally had pland out!”

    Anita…you mean act like a head chef?

  17. “And one more thing: Casey is not classically trained so I have no idea where she gets off using that as an insult. Casey, who can’t even chop up an onion the way a chef is supposed to and who thinks that coq au vin can be made with chicken. poulet = chicken; coq = cockerel. I live in France and am married to a Frenchman, and when we saw that episode with the “coq” au vin we howled with laughter. As if saying that her grandmother was “French” would validate the dish as coq au vin! To quote Christopher Ciccone in part: If your grandmother was French, “then I’m a monkey”.”

    Um..you realize she won the coq-au-vin challenge right?

  18. Don’t worry Casey…I am sure Top Chef is done with you as well. Carla’s mistake was simple…letting Casey make the decisions. Unfortunately, Carla is not a leader.

  19. Hey Jasper, a.k.a. Casey’s personal defense ninja:

    I’m not talking to you.

    Casey is a “celebrity”. Going on television and sending an email to be published on a public blog leaves her open to comments such as these.
    Let her live with it. Unless she’s paying you to reply to each commenter here, I don’t see how you benefit.

    P.S. whether or not she won the “coq” au vin challenge is irrelevant. It still doesn’t make a chicken into a cockerel.

  20. Becky, thank god for the few of us defending her. I’ve eaten Casey’s food. She is an AMAZING cook.

    Simply put, she could cook Carla under the table in a head to head challenge. It would not be close.

    Possible Bravo spinoff? Hmmm…

  21. And regarding the coq-au-vin….the judges conceded that the quality of the dish more than made up for the error in its name.

    Perhaps if her argument wasn’t that her grandmother was French but rather that she named the chicken “with love” you’d give her a pass?

  22. OK, Casey defenders (and Casey herself, who is at least reading if not posting herself). Casey, stop taking a page out of every desperate person who got caught with a giant sous vided foot in their mouths: Stop a) blaming editing (because editing doesn’t change what comes out of your mouth); b) blaming Carla (because you felt the need to control freak her simple approach and didn’t know how to deal with her calm, laid back attitude); c) accuse the media of “tricking” you (how very Gwyneth Paltrow of you) ; and d) blaming the outraged fans who are furious with your back pedaling and hypocrisy.

    It was clear that you made Carla freak out with your second-guessing of her approach. Did you even see the last episode where she shucked oysters for most of the time? And then went on to make the WINNING dishes of all? Just because she doesn’t run around like a mispronounced coq with her head cut off doesn’t mean she didn’t have her act together. She works by distilling an idea and focusing on it, not like you worked, which was by freaking out and choking. Whether you want to believe it or not, YOU caused her to fail, mostly by throwing her off her game. And now you should be ashamed of yourself for not owning up to it. You are even more despicable than Ilan, if that’s to be believed. You best disappear for a while and lick your self-inflicted wounds.

  23. Jasper, I was one of those who was rooting for Casey to win that season of Top Chef and she was one of my favorite contestants. I’ve no doubt that she can cook, but truth be told: This email that she sent really and truly made me lose the respect I had for her. Those comments were unwarranted.

    The sort of reply that she sent just reflects badly on her, and unfortunately the fact that she can cook just doesn’t make it look any better. I’m disappointed that she sent it and allowed it to be published! Any and all comments that she gets as a result are merited. If one can dish it out, one has to be able to take it.

  24. Becky, I also was rooting for Casey during her season but the same thing that crashed it for her in her last show crashed it for her in this one. She chokes under pressure and that’s contagious. She saw this as a team challenge rather than an exec. chef/sous chef situation and for that reason she blew it for Carla. And yeah, too bad Carla didn’t stick up for herself, it’s probably a skill she’ll need to learn. Regardless, Casey had no business second-guessing Carla’s menu. Her job was to go along with what Carla planned. Casey’s ass wasn’t on the line until she put it there.

    If this show happens again, they need to rethink this terrible approach to the sous chefs. Bring back the pro chefs like they did before, at least they know the proper pecking order in the kitchen.

    Shame on you, Casey. Can’t wait to hear your next excuse. PMS maybe? Or the sun was in your eyes?

  25. Becky, fair enough.

    Look…sometimes when the world turns on you and you feel like you are in a corner, you lash out. I’ve been there. She was getting inundated with emails. Her place in SF was getting phone calls. Many were downright nasty.

    She knows she went way over the line. She knows she made it personal when it never should have been. She feels horribly about that. And expect an apology to make its way public as soon as today.

    Bottom line…I think there is legitimacy in her complaints about the editing and the producers…but I will concede, she attacked Carla personally when she probably didnt need to…and while I guess its ok to attack a Stefan type who no one likes, when you attack a fan favorite there will be backlash…

  26. And one more thing…

    Some of the comments here are downright silly.

    “She chokes under pressure?”

    She had a bad finale. Short of that she had a spectacular season. Come on. Is this about her ability to cook or what she said, because, as I just told Becky, I’ll concede the point that she should not have said what she did. But if you seriously are going to compare the career resumes (and frankly the consistency of their TC performances) of Carla and Casey, we are going to have a serious disagreement here.

  27. Jasper/Catherine, Casey CHOKED in her finale. And the exact same things that caused her to choke then caused Carla to choke in this one. Who cares about career resumes? Especially when Casey doesn’t feel it’s beneath her to LIE about Carla’s?

    All you’re doing is making it look worse for her by not owning up to her horrible behavior and trying to cover for her. It ain’t working. Give it up.

  28. “while I guess its ok to attack a Stefan type who no one likes, when you attack a fan favorite there will be backlash…”

    Bullsh*t. It’s when you let HUBRIS take over that you get backlash. Can’t wait to see Casey’s “apology” and how she deflects the blame this time.

  29. I don’t think the revelation about Casey’s attitude should be too surprising. Unless you were one of the many people formerly charmed and distracted by her visible augmentations above the waist that it rendered you unable to really taste her food at Shinsei in all of it’s see-and-be-scene mediocrity.

    The ladies over at Shinsei can be glad that Casey went behind their back, privately catering to the restaurant’s clientele, so that they would have real reason to let go of her. Quite frankly, I’m surprised we never heard a public backlash from Casey about Tracy and Lynae. Maybe she shared her eloquence on that subject with only her inner circle.

    Why would Consilient want Casey at the grand opening of their LA restaurant? (Listed on Casey’s worship-me website as a recent appearance.) Surely they can score a better “FAMOUS PERSON” than that.

  30. Just watching 20 minutes of Food Network makes me appreciate Top Chef even more. Thanks for all the drama and thanks to all the top chefs for having personality.

  31. What do the kind ladies over at D — who used to drool over Casey themselves (thank God that’s overwith) — have to say in response to this apparent comment:
    ——————————————-

    Just after the airing, an acquaintance contacted me on facebook and, it turns out, was seeking to create some controversy. She did not represent herself as a reporter and did not ask for a quote. Instead, she took advantage of me.

    I’m a fan of Carla’s and as disappointed as her fans are that she came up short. I’m more disappointed that my great experience with a fellow female chef of Carla’s talent would be damaged by such reckless and unprofessional reporting.

    I feel hurt and compromised. The publication who is involved has always treated me well, but in this case– it should be embarrassed.

    Casey

  32. I think voice of reason has a point…Casey should make a guest appearance in next month’s GOOP. She and Gwyneth would become BFFs and text each other about how dreadfully mean the hataz are for not recognizing their collective brilliance.

  33. OK first off if Casey is “sorry” about what she wrote then she should have it taken down and write another one apologizing!!! I’m sure she is mad that she is just a mediocre chef and always will be! GET OVER IT CASEY YOU SUCK! And I remember her from her season and she was crappy then to! And to claim all those dishes as her own is what’s humorous! Congratulations Casey you have just RUINED your career! B/c guess what the world is a very very small place and when you have zero brain cells left and write a blog like yours ppl are going to respond and remember! And to think Carla is actually not blaming you and being nice about you just makes you look even more like a piece of trash. Go back under your rock and make some aprons or maybe get into porn b/c I will say it again YOU ARE JUST A MEDIOCRE CHEF and will not make it in the cooking industry. Maybe you should look in a therapist b/c obviously you have a lot of underlying problems! Good Riddance

    - Team Carla

  34. Hey it’s not Casey’s fault she gave Carla horrible advice, it’s Carla’s fault for listening to it!

  35. “Just after the airing, an acquaintance contacted me on facebook and, it turns out, was seeking to create some controversy. She did not represent herself as a reporter and did not ask for a quote. Instead, she took advantage of me.”

    No one can take advantage of you without your permission. If that’s the kind of email you send an “acquaintance” (someone you barely know), then you shouldn’t be too surprised at the outcome. Such comments are better kept to one’s circle of close friends or, better yet, said left unsaid. The only person to blame for the controversy over your tactless comments is yourself. Rather than trying to blame everyone else, a short apology would stop it.

  36. There’s some cognitive dissonance going on here. I see a whole lot of really tacky, classless comments about how tacky and classless Casey is.

    I agree that her rant was awful given how classy Carla has been and Casey could have made her point with less venom. That probably still would have pissed off “Team Carla”, but it would have made her look like less of a jerk.

  37. Casey should keep her damn mouth shut. It wasn’t her finale so why should she comment about it? You don’t see Blaze or Marcel speaking out about their roles. And if Casey must comment, why does she have to be so acidic? No matter what she says people are going to think she screwed Carla over. She messed up her own chance in season 3 and now she doesn’t people to think she messed up someone elses.

  38. I don’t understand how people can claim Casey “lost it for Carla” or caused her to lose. Carla was the Exec. Chef and Casey the Sous. Carla should have kept her focus and game plan even with Casey’s recommendations, that’s part of the competition and part of what an Exec. does. BTW, I am not a Casey apologist, I really would have liked to see Carla win.
    However, Casey’s little post-show diatribe shows an utter lack of class and tact and I am mortified that she would make comments like that to any sort of media. I don’t know about her cooking, other than what I saw during her season, but I certainly have no confidence in her judgment in other arenas.

  39. BigDaddyMN, Can you read? People are pissed of at Casey for the rude, classless interview she gave that has her totally blasting Carla, when Carla NEVER ONCE blamed her. For this, you are WRONG, Carla will ALWAYS out class Casey both in and out of the kitchen!