8th July 2011, 05:00 PM
Heidi Montag Says New Reality Show 'Famous Food' Is 'Cutthroat'
'I want to stay away from all the drama,' 'Hills' star tells MTV News of VH1 show.
By Jocelyn Vena, with reporting by Vanessa White Wolf
Photo: Denise Truscello/ WireImage
Heidi Montag became one of the biggest stars in "The Hills"-verse as Lauren Conrad's sometime bestie, sometime nemesis. From episode one of the MTV reality show, Heidi's bad-girl ways ruled, making her a star and tabloid fixture.
Montag has also tried her hand at various other occupations, including singer and fashion designer. She even starred with hubby Spencer Pratt on "I'm a Celebrity ... Get Me Out of Here!," doing her best to survive the wilderness, all with the cameras rolling, of course.
On Sunday, Heidi launches the latest phase of her ever-evolving career. On the new VH1 reality show "Famous Food," she is back on reality TV, adding a new job to her résumé: restaurateur. Montag insists she has what it takes to meet the challenge of launching a restaurant in Los Angeles' already bustling food scene.
"I grew up in the restaurant industry; my parents had a restaurant since I was two years old," she told MTV News. "There was nothing easy about 'Famous Food.' Really it was very difficult."
Montag isn't the only big personality on the show. It also features famed call girl Ashley Dupre, Three 6 Mafia's DJ Paul and Juicy J, "Bachelor" star Jake Pavelka, "Sopranos" star Vincent Pastore and feisty "Real Housewives of New Jersey" star Danielle Staub.
"We have a certain amount of time until we have to open the actual restaurant, and you're individually competing, but you also have to work collectively together as a group," she said. "So it's really hard whenever everyone thinks their opinion is right and they want to do it their way, but you have to agree at the end of the day. So it was a really competitive, cutthroat show."
If you assume that Montag is going to come off just like she did on "The Hills," think again. It seems that she has moved away from her drama-queen days. "I really want to stay away from all of the drama," she said. "And I just try to be like, 'OK, let's open a restaurant.' "
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