She’s an exceptionally prominent, acclaimed and popular figure within the Bay Area’s culinary world.

Falkner’s TV debut was in 2006, when she was featured as a guest judge on noted that “typecasting [for Season Six] starts early and hits hard” and that Merriman’s role was shaping up to be “The Militant Dyke,” having expressed strong feelings about same-sex marriage during a bachelor/bachelorette-party episode.

But Burrell specifically comes from a genre that’s never lacked for lesbian representation — although queer ladies are sorely under-represented in just about every area of popular media, there’s approximately two genres via which lesbians are a’plenty: shows about working out and shows about eating.

We have never lacked for a Lesbian Top Chef, that’s for sure.

“Chalk it up to progress that some celebrities are now embarrassed to be thought of as having been in the closet, which increasingly seems like a relic from the last century (even as it still endures mightily).

More and more gay, lesbian and bisexual actors, and TV and media personalities, don’t want to be associated with the often laughable and torturous subterfuge of it.”“Maybe this is the dawn of a new era, where stars forego the traditional “coming out” ritual for more subtle, roundabout affirmations of homosexual affiliation, and maybe this new era is one in which these kinds of announcements really aren’t a big deal anymore.” It’s been a busy few weeks for this topic, with Queen Latifah obliquely referring to the Long Island Pride audience as “her people” at her much-hyped appearance there, Raven-Symoné confirming-by-not-confirming rumors of her relationship with AZMarie, and both Joanna Johnson and Jim Parsons coming out publicly although they both say their sexual orientation was well-known within the business.

She’s got a relentlessly charming Southern accent, for starters, but she’s also just all-around funny, smart, quick and clever AND is a major philanthropist. Lauren was working at a restaurant in Amherst when she decided to leave the The University of Massachusetts for culinary school, eventually moving to San Francisco in 2001 with her girlfriend at the time, where she worked her way into a position as Executive Chef for Absinthe.

Lauren interviewed for ‘s Fifth Season in New York, she’d totally forgotten about it but was happy to join up.

To be honest, I first became aware of her existence when she started dating Elizabeth Keener, but anyway!

Her face is really squeezable, and along with her relatively young age, her tattoos, her lesbianism, and her tendency to swear a lot, she seems, I guess, eminently relatable.

I have not encountered homophobia – and the fact that I am gay has not precluded me from moving up.”, which focuses on traditional Asian cuisine that is made from locally grown, organic and biodynamic produce.