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Controversial "Top Chef" contestant at the Green City Market Saturday

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One of "Top Chef"'s most controversial contestants will be at the Peggy Notebaert Nature Museum,
2430 N. Cannon Drive, on Saturday during the weekly Green City Market.

Heather Terhune, former "Top Chef Texas" contestant and currently executive chef at Sable Kitchen and Bar, will be doing the market's weekly chef demonstration at 10:30 a.m. The market runs Saturdays from 8:30 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Entertainment Weekly called Terhune one of 12 top "Top Chef" villains, writing "Heather cast an ugly shadow over Top Chef Texas when she strongly suggested Asian cooking is less worthy and creative than her own ''rustic American'' style. She viciously attacked her teammate Beverly in front of the judges even though Beverly's elimination would mean they'd both be eliminated, and she berated Beverly for repeatedly cooking Asian food even though she used someone else's cake recipe twice in her short time in the competition."

After being booted for a disastrous beef stroganoff, Terhune told TV Guide that she wasn't a bully, despite what you may have seen on the tube.

"I think people made it seem worse than what it really was," she said in this interview. "I have a very direct personality and she does not. That's not bullying. I have no ill will toward Beverly. She wasn't a so-called target or anything. I am very blunt and to the point. I'm very honest and I say anything to your face. I never, ever said anything off-camera that I didn't say to you on-camera. And some people did! Other contestants said some very hurtful things I saw unfold while watching the show and some people have said some very hurtful things to the press about me during this whole process."

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