TRIBECA— To be fair, the wily Drew Nieporent never actually said Top Chef's Lisa Fernandes was "working" at Mai House. Though she could be found cooking there most nights of the week and Time Out even held a contest centered around Fernandes and the restaurant, the powers that be always claimed she was "helping out." She's not cooking, working, or helping out any longer. According to Sir Nieporent, she has gone on to pursue her own projects and a new chef from a major restaurant group will be taking her place shortly.
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