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Google’s Top Chef Tripped Up by Shellfish

preeti-mistryHey Googlers! Ever wonder what life is like on a big-deal, nationally televised reality show? If you’re working at the main Googleplex in Mountain View, you may be able find out: Just ask Preeti Mistry.

You can find Mistry at Charlie’s Cafe, where’s she’s back to work running Google’s (GOOG) much celebrated cafeteria. Earlier this year, though, she was a contestant on Bravo’s “Top Chef,” which kicked off its sixth season this week on the cable network, owned by GE’s (GE) NBC Universal.

No idea how Mistry did, and reality show contestants generally sign ultrapunitive contracts that prevent them from spilling the beans about the results of the show. And her Twitter account has yielded zilch so far. But doesn’t hurt to ask.

I checked in with a rep from Bon Appetit Management Co., which operates the cafe for Google, and got confirmation that Mistry is back on the job and “recovering” from the taping.

Oh. And if you do see her, be careful about bringing up oysters clams. She had a bad experience with them on Wednesday’s show, as you can sort of see from his promo clip (I’d show you the whole thing, but NBC hasn’t put up the clips on its sites or on Hulu, presumably because it doesn’t want to upset cable providers. But that’s another story…).

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The problem with the Billionaire Savior phase of the newspaper collapse has always been that billionaires don’t tend to like the kind of authority-questioning journalism that upsets the status quo.

— Ryan Chittum, writing in the Columbia Journalism Review about the promise of Pierre Omidyar’s new media venture with Glenn Greenwald