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'Top Chef' Winner Kristen Kish Comes Out On Instagram | HuffPost

Kristen Kish, winner of Top Chef season 10, announced she is dating Jacqueline Westbrook via Instagram today. Top Chef Season 10 winner Kristen Kish knows her way around a kitchen. I didn't know what went together as far as flavor until much later. Kristen Kish, hard at work on "Top Chef: Seattle." Courtesy strategy and, of course, her flirty little asides with fellow contestant Stefan Richter.

She's traveled the globe London was a favorite destination and been named the Chef de Cuisine at the Boston restaurant Menton. How has your life changed since winning the show? Where do I start? Anything that was normal is now not normal. My old daily routine has completely gone away. But all for the better. I get to travel, which is what I love to do.

Getting recognized is something I'd never thought would happen. I'm just a chef! All the things that come from being on television are things I never thought would have happened.

Best experience traveling since Top Chef? I went to London for a big conference dinner. That's a whole new level of Chef that's so amazing.

And I'm going to Thailand at the end of July, which will be interesting. Plus I've been to alot of little U. Do you have nightmares about stressful Quickfire Challenges these days? I don't have any negative things about it but the fact that my phone was taken away and having to live with the Cheftestants for so long But at the end of the day, we were a select group of people and I got to experience something phenomenal.

It was a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity. What's the most valuable skill you picked up from the show? Working with new people. I can work faster and under pressure, sure, but being able to work with new people everyday and people you don't know very well, that's a skill I can take wherever I go. You had an amazing run on Last Chance Kitchen, which led to your ultimate victory.

How stressful was that experience?

Top Chef Winner Kristen Kish Comes Out! (PHOTO)

Having to take a break from Top Chef and not knowing if I would make it back in was very stressful. But it seemed a bit more relaxed. You can look at it one of two ways: I am sort of dating. I did have a long-term girlfriend, but we haven't been together in a while. Talk about coming out. I was dating a woman. She lived in New York and I lived in Boston. We met in Charleston for our one year anniversary.

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  • Top Chef Winner Kristen Kish Comes Out! (PHOTO)

I posted a picture to share the moment. It was not my goal to come out. A day after that a New York Times article came out that had done a profile on me and my former boss. It casually mentioned my girlfriend. I didn't think that people cared. I had already came out to my close friends and family, so that part was fine.

I received nothing but amazing messages. That is when life takes off, when you can openly be who you are. You weren't out of the closet on Top Chef?

'Top Chef' Winner Kristen Kish Comes Out On Instagram

I didn't talk about anything. The only time I mentioned our relationship was saying, "I just got out of a relationship. Being gay on Top Chef is usually mentioned so casually because the theme is focused on food. How were you cast on the Bravo show? My former boss, Barbara Lynch. She was a guest judge on the season before. They had asked her if she knew any chefs, primarily female, that she could suggest for Top Chef.

She came back and told me she had put my name in. I was happy and cooking back then. I had no desire to go on that show. I had watched the show before and saw how critical it was, so didn't want to go. She made me go. Was it stressful winning yourself back into the competition through Last Chance Kitchen?

I was so tired and needed a break. Once that wore off I wanted to win. I got a little fire under my ass and did it. It actually took off a lot of stress, cooking in that environment, because it was one dish. I only had to focus on that one thing against one person.

How did you spend the prize money after winning? I bought a house. I have now sold it. I invested some of it. I paid a lot to the government. As a cook I never thought I would buy a home with that salary.

I lived paycheck to paycheck before winning. How was being on Duels for Bravo after? I had sworn off cooking competitions, but then they put me against Stephanie Izard. I thought, "If I lose, then I want it to be against her. That was a close one. I lost by one vote. That was last summer, where I traveled and saw the world on a Travel Channel show. Did you have a favorite city you went to? Istanbul was pretty spectacular. We did Berlin and Barcelona. Any place that is out of my comfort zone I love going to.

What is your latest dish to cook for yourself? I don't cook for myself. What do you order the most for take out then? I am surprised you don't cook at home. I am never home. I am on an airplane every four days. How did get involved with Macy's?