â€œHaving to pay a million dollars makes you a good liar,â€ says Season 5 contestant Carla Hall, whose husband was the only person who knew the truth. She told everyone else she was in the Bahamas. â€œI used to work in the Bahamas, and I would go away for months at a time,â€ Hall says. â€œIt was all private islands, and so it wasnâ€™t unusual to go long periods of time without talking to people.â€
When she filmed Top Chef All-Stars in New York in 2010, Hall tried to keep her destination a secret at first. But her catering company had a huge project in the works, so she ultimately gave into questions from her staff: â€œThey were counting on me and I had to say, â€˜Oh by the way, Iâ€™m out. I wonâ€™t be here.â€™ They were like, â€˜What?!â€™ So, I had to tell them, because they didnâ€™t understand why I was leaving.â€
â€¦Since they already used the Top Chef/undercover joke, but this was a funny article about the lengths chefs have to go to hide their participation in Top Chef.