Bravo's Sleazy Top Chef Reunion Dinner with Fabio Viviani
For the Top Chef "Reunion Dinner," Fabio Viviani was enlisted as the host of an awkward dinner party, assigned to elicit some Real Housewives of New Jersey-esque table-flipping ratings-bait drama — the network even promoted it as such, calling the preview clip "Angry Dinner." Fabio, however, as a pseudo-villain felt scripted and forced (the goatee didn't hurt, either).
Throughout the episode, Fabio trolls for reactions, bringing up issues from the past, trying to start fights and generate controversy. The contestants smartly don't take the bait — unlike Bravo's other reality stars, Top Chef's participants have real careers to worry about instead of just self-perpetuating their fameball status — and as a group, they refuse to participate and shut Fabio down. Genius.
Frustrated, Fabio breaks into a rant, schooling the other cheftestants in the ways of reality show reunion specials in his adorable/grating Euro patois: "You all know deh dreel, nobody twist your arm to be here. So don't make me look like the deeck-eh... So let's feenesh, or next time they ask you to do something like dees, you say no." What should have been a friendly reunion episode turned out to be ugly and humorless, exposing Bravo's stunning and shameful snakiness. Also: kind of boring!
But the previously-unseen footage of Toby Young telling Marcel to "shut up" and Marcel's reaction more than made up for it!
Video: Top Chef Reunion Fabio Trolling
Video: Top Chef: Marcel vs Toby Young