Get to know America’s latest “Top Chef” Mei Lin

Top Chef Mei Lin


On Top Chef, Mei Lin became the third female victor in series history by trouncing Gregory Gourdet with a Chinese-Mexican fusion feast. And while she doesn’t have any future plans for now, Mei’s looking poised to become a big deal on the restaurant scene. Before she launches her own empire, get to know her with our quick primer. Between Mei and Serial, Best Buy has never been so relevant.

She makes a mean strawberry-lime curd

Lin’s four-course finale meal included a carnitas-topped bowl of congee, octopus, duck with kimchi, and a strawberry-lime curd. Despite the fact that she is not a pastry chef,Tom Colicchio zeroed in on the curd, calling it the best dessert in Top Chef history. If you’re feeling ambitious, Bravo has the recipe for you.

She’s worked with lots of culinary legends

Until recently, Mei was Michael Voltaggio’s sous chef at ink. But she also logged time with Wolfgang Puck, Marcus Samuelsson, and Michael Symon before she arrived on the LA scene.

She also used to work at Best Buy

The proof is in the Best Buy app, which she’s totally on.

She got her skills from her Dad

Lin practically grew up in a restaurant. Her family still owns Kong Kow (based in Dearborn, Michigan), where Lin spent much of her adolescence working beside her Father. According to the experts on Yelp, his egg drop soup is unreal.

She fears nothing

Competing on a cutthroat cooking show? No problem. Casual skydiving? Yes please. Mei clearly isn’t afraid of new challenges, so we’re excited to see where she lands next.

Kim Kardashian reportedly tried to adopt a Thai teen and she turned her down


A teen in Thailand who met Kim Kardashian when her family visited the girl’s orphanage while filming their reality show said she turned down an offer of adoption from the star.

Laddawan Tong-Keaw, a 13-year-old with the nickname Pink, lives in Phang Nga, a poverty-stricken region of Thailand. Pink met the Paper cover model while she was filming Keeping Up With the Kardashians in April.

Pink was sent to the home because her mother was too poor to take care of her. The impoverished region she lives in was hit hard by the 2004 tsunami, when 4,000 locals were killed.

Pink bonded with Kim, who was so fond of the young girl she reportedly visited her at the Home and Life Foundation twice. Pink give Kim a bracelet.

We had a connection straight away,” Pink told the Daily Mail, admitting she and the other children didn’t recognize the family. “I think she is really pretty and she has a very nice personality.”

“When you meet someone that you really connect to like this, you can’t help but think like how you could change their life,” Kim said on camera. “And I think that looking into adoption would be amazing.”

She added, “I literally cannot stop thinking about her. I told Kanye, I was like, honestly, this girl is so sweet and so cute, like, I would honestly adopt her.

Kim seemed to let the idea go, though, after Kris Jenner told Kim it was “a little aggressive” and the resort manager said it’s “very, very difficult” to adopt a Thai child.

I think you can’t just go to an orphanage and fall in love with a child and then take them home like you’re shopping,” Jenner said.


But when the home’s supervisors later went to Pink to tell her that Kim wanted to adopt her, the Daily Mail reported that she said a “polite but firm ‘no.’

Everyone wants to have a different or a better life, I suppose,” said Pink, who dreams of studying in Thailand and helping her orphaned peers. “But when I thought about it I realized it wouldn’t be good for me, because I would have to leave so much behind. I wasn’t ready for that.

Despite saying no, Pink said she was “shaking” when she was told about Kim’s hope for bringing her into the famous family.

When I found out she wanted to adopt me, I was shaking. I was so excited,” said the teen, who shares a dorm room with mattresses on the floor with five other girls. “It would be such a change of life for me.”

The change would be drastic: Pink currently travels 100 miles round trip every day to attend a top government school, waking up at 5 a.m. and getting home around 6 p.m.

The other family members on the trip also seemed to be affected by the conditions at the home, which was set up eight years ago for those devastated by the tsunami.

These kids have almost nothing and can still find reasons to be happy, and I think my family can learn from them,” Kendall Jenner said on the show.

But Pink and Kim may still reconnect one day.

I spoke to my mum about Kim and she said, ‘When you finish high school and you can look after yourself, I will give you permission to go and live with Kim if you want to go,’” Pink said.

She added, “But the other children here and like brothers and sisters to me and I couldn’t leave them behind. They are my family and I couldn’t just go away and leave them.”



New reality show to feature lives of ‘Ultra Rich Asian Women’

When we said we needed more Asian representation on screen, this wasn’t exactly what we had in mind. A new Vancouver reality show will spotlight the “luxurious lifestyles of ultra rich Asian girls.” The name of the series: HBIC TV, which stands for Hot Bitch In Charge. Cringe.

Although details on the show are sparse at the moment, HBIC TV has announced that a casting call and audition will be held on June 26. The producers, Kevin K. Li and Desmond Chen, say that most of the show will be in Chinese and will feature young women who have inherited large fortunes, according to CTV News Vancouver.

On the show’s official Facebook page, there’s a brief description of the types of girls producers are looking for:

Are you the next #HBIC of Vancouver? Got a Centurion Black Amex Card?
Hermes, Lanvin, Dior, Louboutin, Chanel, Lambos and Ferraris are all a part of the daily lives of our HBICtv Divas.

“If you’re into the high fashion, the couture, the fancy cars, and the foie gras dinners, and popping the champagnes on the weekend like it’s every day,” Li said. “You know, Lifestyles of the Rich and Famous, but in Vancouver with this demographic.”


Woo Hwang places second in season finale of Survivor


AsAm News:

Woo Hwang placed second in the season finale of Survivor Wednesday night, reports Entertainment Weekly.

The martial arts instructor from Newport Beach, CA is reportedly Korean American and just missed being the first Asian American Survivor champ since Yul Kwon in Season 13.

According to EW, Woo blew it when after winning the immunity challenge he chose Tony Vlachos to join him in the final 2 instead of the more beatable Kass.

You can read a full recap of the finale on EW.

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Woo Hwang places second in season finale of Survivor


Project Runway spinoff “Under The Gunn” debuts with Anya Ayoung Chee as design mentor


With a new Emmy® Award in hand, Tim Gunn takes the reigns as host of Lifetime‘s new fashion competition series, “Under the Gunn,” premiering January 16, 2014, at 9pm ET/PT. America’s favorite mentor, Tim passes the torch to “Project Runway” alumni Mondo Guerra, Anya Ayoung-Chee and Nick Verreos, who have shown their prowess on the runway as contestants, but now must prove they have the vision and business savvy to mentor and manage a fashion empire with 15 new up-and-coming designers under their watch. Each mentor will have a team of designers they must manage, coach, cheerlead and, when necessary, knock down with tough love in order to lead them to runway success.

This new crop of designers will face the critiques of designer Rachel Roy, celebrity stylist Jen Rade, creator of some of the most iconic red carpet looks in Hollywood, and TV fashion correspondent and Marie Claire Senior Fashion Editor Zanna Roberts Rassi.

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Project Runway spinoff “Under The Gunn” debuts with Anya Ayoung Chee as design mentor


Filipino diva a hit on Israeli reality TV

Rose Fostanes sings during a rehearsal of X-Factor Israel in Tel Aviv. 

A 47-year-old Filipino caregiver has emerged as the newest star of Israeli reality television, putting a human face on the thousands of foreign workers who toil away in menial, back-breaking jobs in this country.

Israeli viewers of the country’s myriad of reality shows have grown accustomed to successful candidates from various backgrounds, including black-clad ultra-Orthodox Jews, Ethiopian immigrants and a German convert to Judaism who became a celebrity chef. But they’ve never seen someone like Rose Fostanes before.

The diminutive woman with a booming voice has taken “X-Factor Israel” by storm and emerged as a national phenomenon. Known simply as “Rose,” she is mobbed by fans wherever she goes.

It’s a big change in my life because before nobody recognized me, nobody knew me. But now everybody, I think everybody in Israel knows my name. And it is very funny,” she said.

Fostanes arrived six years ago to work as a caregiver so, like millions of other Filipino workers around the world, she could send money back home to her family and her girlfriend.

She spends her days caring and cleaning for an ailing woman in her 50s. To save money, Fostanes lives in a crowded apartment in south Tel Aviv, a downtrodden area inhabited by foreign laborers, with seven others.

Until recently, Fostanes was among the thousands of Filipinos who work in similar positions in Israel. The site of Filippino workers wheeling elderly Israelis in public places is so common that the word “Filipini” has become synonymous with “caregiver.”

Several months ago, a friend encouraged her to enter the “X-Factor” competition, a popular show hosted by Israeli supermodel Bar Refaeli. Standing just 1.50 meters-tall (4-foot-11), Fostanes has captured her audiences’ hearts with a surprisingly strong and soulful voice, belting out such hits as Queen’s “Bohemian Rhapsody” and Lady Gaga’s “You and I.” She is among the final five contestants and widely seen as a favorite.

Israeli singer Shiri Maimon, a judge on the show and former reality TV contestant herself, has served as Fontanes’ “mentor” throughout the season. After a recent rendition of Christina Aguilera’s “Beautiful,” Maimon could barely contain her excitement.

It was so moving. I am so proud of you. We will have an amazing journey together,” she said. “I’m speechless. It was more than perfect.”

Fostanes said she has dreamed of singing since she was a child, but suffered discrimination because of her appearance. She said she still can’t believe how far she has come.

Sometimes I am telling myself, ‘Is it true that it happened to me?” she said. “At least I can express and show the people that I have also talents and it’s not too late for me to shine.”

Fostanes said she has been a caregiver since the age of 23, working in Egypt and Lebanon before coming to Israel. She is among the roughly 10 million Filipinos, or 10 percent of the overall population, who work abroad.

Israel’s estimated 40,000 Filipinos enjoy relative freedom, as long as they have work permits. Most remain for an agreed-upon period of time before returning home.

Fostanes said Filipinos around the world have heard about her and frequently send her text messages of support. But her success has been tempered by the distance from her loved ones. She last visited the Philippines two years ago.

Really I miss them, my family especially, and of course my girlfriend because this is the time I really need them beside me,” she said, with tears in her eyes. “I need their support not only because they are in the Philippines, I want them to be by my side.

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Filipino diva a hit on Israeli reality TV


27 Asian Leading Ladies Who Kick Ass


Defying the stereotypes imposed on Asian women, these actresses prove they’re more than just their skin color and a pretty face.

  1. Mindy Kaling
  2. Sandra Oh
  3. Ziyi Zhang
  4. Grace Park
  5. Freida Pinto
  6. Lucy Liu
  7. Ming-Na Wen
  8. Gong Li
  9. Parminder Nagra
  10. Yunjin Kim
  11. Michelle Yeoh
  12. Lea Salonga
  13. Aishwarya Rai Bachchan
  14. Maggie Cheung
  15. Brenda Song
  16. Maggie Q
  17. Priyanka Chopra
  18. Isabella Leong
  19. Jamie Chung
  20. Rinko Kikuchi
  21. Tamlyn Tomita
  22. Hana Mae Lee
  23. Katie Chang
  24. Qing Xu
  25. Elodie Yung
  26. Shay Mitchell
  27. Ellen Wong

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27 Asian Leading Ladies Who Kick Ass