TOP Chef: Portland winner Gabe Erales said he was “deeply sorry” after he was FIRED for “sexual harassment” and allegedly had an “affair with a co-worker.”
Gabe became the winner of Top Chef: PortlandCredit: Getty
Gabe said he was ‘deeply sorry’ in his public statement
Due to the “last three weeks,” the Top Chef champion revealed that this was a “trying time of reflection and personal growth.”
The reality star admitted this was a “genuine start on my road to making amends.”
Gabe mentioned his wife, Linda – who had “always been by my side supporting my career.”
He confessed: “I had a consensual relationship with a co-worker and later reduced her work hours, which in combination was a poor judgment call and led to my termination after I filmed Top Chef.
I was suddenly at the lowest point in my life – potentially losing my family while I had already lost my job.”
The reality star apologized “for the impact that my poor decisions had on those involved.
“I recognize that part of an executive chef role is to set the culture and uphold the values of the restaurant.
“I am committed to doing the personal and professional work every day to create a positive and sage work environment in whatever follows for me professionally.”
He concluded that his main focus was “my family and those that continue to support me during this difficult time.”
Back in December, Erales was fired from Comedor, which was the Austin-based restaurant where Gabe was the head chef, according to People.
Philip Speer, who is a boss at the Comedor restaurant, claimed to have fired the TV star.
Philip told the Austin American-Statesman that Gabe had allegedly been fired for “repeated violations of the company’s ethics policy as it relates to harassment of women.”
At the beginning of July, Gabe was one of 15 contests competing during season 18 of Top Chef.
By winning the competition, the TV personality walked away with the $250,000 grand prize.
An El Paso, TX native, Erales began working in different kitchens since he was about 15 years old.
He then graduated with his Master’s degree in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Texas in 2002 before completing culinary school at Le Cordon Bleu in 2006.
According to his website, “Gabe’s cooking philosophy strives to focus on locality through strength in relationships with local farmers. Gabe also seeks honesty in his roots by sourcing unique varieties of landrace corn, chiles and other ingredients from different regions of Mexico.”
The Top Chef winner has his own restaurant – a Mexican-inspired eatery called Bacalar – which is slated to open during the Fall of 2021.
Gabe said this was a ‘difficult time’ for his family
Gabe and Linda posed for a photo together
Gabe pictured with the other Top Chef contestantsCredit: Getty