Charlie Sheen's WeHo Chef Wins 'The Taste'
Khristianne Uy of West Hollywood won the first season of "The Taste" last night, proving that chicks can indeed hang in the kitchen.
The L.A.-local was perhaps toughened up during her years working as a private chef for countless celebs including American Idol creator, Simon Fuller; visionary Academy Award-winner, James Cameron; The Royal Family of Saudi Arabia; and most-recently, Hollywood bad boy Charlie Sheen.
For the finale, guest mentor and Spanish culinary superstar Chef José Andrés of The Bazaar in Beverly Hills joined the finalists to help them complete their version of the perfect three course meal.
Uy's menu started out with Peking duck confit served with a chive pancake, burgundy and soy reduction, Asian pear and radish slaw as her first course. Then she moved on to a seafood bouillabaisse made with French sea bass, squid, king crab, and little neck clams with a fennel tomato broth. And to top off the meal, Uy went for something savory instead of taking a risk on dessert, making root beer braised ginger short ribs, bok choy, mushrooms, on top of a kabocha squash puree. All three dishes were paired with Burgundy wine.
Uy was originally picked to be part of mentor Brian Malarkey's team, who also resides in sunny Southern California. She walked away from all those itsy bitsy spoon fulls with a Ford C-Max Hybrid and $100,000 cash prize. I think that's classified as what Sheen would call "winning!"