This season's first episode of 'Top Chef' saw a local chef throwing shade at a former 'Top Chef' competitor.
Barrel's Garret Fleming had some choice words for Mike Isabella in the season premiere (not to mention fellow competitor Marjorie Meek-Bradley). Meek-Bradley said to Fleming on the episode that she was surprised in the small town of D.C. that they'd never met before. Cut to Fleming and the camera:
"I know Marjorie has worked for a good amount of time with Mike Isabella, who's in my humble opinion serving one of the worst bastardizations of...Italian food in the history of the world. Hopefully she's got more chops than that."
Viewers reacted to the swipe on Twitter last night:
#TopChef lol this guy just threw hella shade at mike isabella.— DawnOfRedeemingGrace (@thatissodawn) December 3, 2015
I had a feeling Garret was going to be the prick of the season and he just confirmed it w/ that comment about Mike Isabella. Wtf #TopChef13— Amy Urbanski (@urbanskiAL) December 3, 2015
Smack-talking aside, Fleming's bravado wasn't enough to help him last through the first episode. The chef was sent to pack his knives and go home after being criticized for burned garlic, inconsistency and falling-apart noodles in his dish. Fleming called the experience "humbling" as he exited the show.
Meanwhile, everything wrapped up last night with a funny exchange between the two chefs on Twitter.
@chefgfleming karma is a bitch— Mike Isabella (@MikeIsabellaDC) December 3, 2015
Touche. https://t.co/qRyRt6OPTj— Chef Garret Fleming (@chefgfleming) December 3, 2015
It's not the first time a D.C. chef has only lasted one episode. Dan O'Brien from "Seasonal Pantry," for example, was a one-episode competitor on the program in 2012.
Of his exit, Fleming said on Twitter: