TOP CHEF'S Marcel Speaks Up! "This girl came up to me at a nightclub and asked me if I was Marcel from Top Chef. The next thing I knew, this bottle struck me, and my friends had to rush me to the hospital. I needed 30 stitches for this."
You read that correctly: The man was attacked not for his political beliefs, not because he supports the wrong football team, but for being a contestant on a popular reality show, Top Chef. Now in its second season, the show began as a companion piece to the network's cult smash Project Runway, yet it's obvious by the legions of people on Bravo's message boards and the frequent posters on fashionable websites (Television Without Pity, fansofrealitytv.com) that the program is developing its own legs.
One of four Las Vegans on the show this season, Marcel Vigneron, 26, is the most colorful, divisive character on the show—perhaps one of the most colorful in all of reality television right now. He's the show's outcast; viewed as difficult and unapproachable, he's been persecuted by other contestants since the season began in October. Lately, though, his popularity—at least as measured by posts on numerous message boards—has been on the upswing, as though the attacks by his peers have won him some sympathy.
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