Chef Gabe Erales, the winner of Bravo’s season 18 Superior bossI had something different on the menu today: an apology.
Erales, whose victory in the cooking contest made him the first Mexican-American chef to win the event, confessed on Instagram that he had an affair with a co-worker. That led to his firing as head chef at Austin’s Comedor restaurant last December, after the Top Chef competition was filmed in Oregon.
The matter and his dismissal were brought to light in an interview earlier this month with the Austin American-statesman news outlet shortly after his victory aired. But Erales took some time before following that interview with a public apology on Instagram.
Philip Speer, one of the Comedor chiefs, told the Statesman that Erales was fired for “repeated violations of the company’s ethics policy in regards to harassment of women.”
Erales claimed that the relationship with his coworker was “consensual.”
In his post today, Erales said his delay in responding after the interview was due to needing “time with my family to begin the healing process before making a public statement.” He added apologies to everyone in his position, more specifically to his wife, whom the father of four said “has always been by my side supporting my career and our family.”
Bravo has not commented on the apology.
Erales planned to open a new restaurant in downtown Austin called Bacalar in the fall of 2022 before today’s apology.