Magical Elves, the production company behind Top Chef, declined to comment when asked by Gawker who does the dishes. So did numerous producers who were contacted. But Top Chef alum Kevin Gillespie has seen who does the dishes: the production assistants. "There was basically this army of production assistants and they were being asked to – not only wash dishes – but drive us around. They would go get food for us," he says. "They would do anything and everything. My understanding is that most of the time they worked dishwashing shifts in the middle of the night. So if you had someone who was picking you up to take you to an interview at seven o’clock in the morning, chances are they had just finished washing dishes. They probably started washing dishes at midnight, then were going to take you to your meeting and wrap up for the day."