finale winner of the reality television show "The Taste", Filipino-American chef Khristianne Uy and actor Charlie Sheen Photo courtesy of http://khristianneuy.com/
MANILA - A Filipino-American chef was named as the finale winner of the reality television show "The Taste" on ABC.
Khristianne Uy, one of the strong contenders in the show, emerged as the winner and took home a trophy, a $100,000 cash prize and a 2013 Ford C-Max Hybrid car.
Uy, a member of the LGBT community, is a personal chef to Hollywood stars, including Charlie Sheen.
Also referred to as Chef K, Uy said in an interview by the Advocate.com that she was drawn to culinary arts even as a child.
But her start wasn't easy, she said.
Quoting the interview published online by advocate.com, Chef K said "Well, it wasn't easy. I am Filipino and my dad is a police captain in the Philippines. You see, there aren't any chefs in the Philippines. So when I told my dad I was going to be a chef, he was like "What do you mean? You're going to be stuck in front of a stove?" So when I was progressing toward that, it was really hard because it didn't seem like there were a lot of options for me".
Aside from Uy, the other chefs on the final four were Gregg Drusinksy, Diane DiMeo and Sarah Schiear.