Meet the Gay Guys Who Could Win 'Top Chef Masters'
By Diego James
Bravo's current season of Top Chef Masters is gayer than ever! As has been pointed out, along with chef Art Smith, a bevy of queer guest judges (Indigo Girls, The B-52’s), and judge James Oseland, the gay editor-in-chief of Saveur magazine, the gay couple Mark Gaier (pictured, left) and Clark Frasier (pictured, right), and award-winning chefs, have a great shot at winning. If they do, it will be for their respective LGBT charities, Outright Lewiston/Auburn (for Frasier), which creates safe and affirming environments for LGBT and questioning youth, and Equality Maine Foundation (for Gaier). The couple are the owners of Arrows, a sustainable dining experience set in a restored 18th-century Maine farmhouse in Ogunquit (read what Outtraveler had to say).
When The Advocate recently interviewed them, they two blondies spoke about having to compete against one another. It sounded like a lesson that many long-term couples could learn from!
Just listen to Frasier, when he explained: "It was difficult for us because, for 27 years, we’ve operated as a cohesive team each offering strengths to the other. Having said this, I think it was rewarding for both of us to see that we were both still strong competitors without relying on the other."
And Gaier followed that up by saying "Being life partners and competing on set was not a problem for me. I still had Clark there with me and that alone gave me a feeling that things were OK. There were many others competing also so it did not feel like one-on-one with Clark.
Ain't that SWEET?!
Watch videos of the duo on the show below.