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Comedy writer Bonnie Datt once bought a chainmail vest "for clubbing"—a purchase she later came to lament, once she realized that chainmail isn't particularly slimming. Inspired by this, she now spends her spare time asking famous people to dish about purchases which they initially loved—but ended up regretting, for Buyer's Remorse.
Photo credit: Bonnie Datt
Chef Ryan Scott first came to national attention as a contestant on Top Chef's Chicago season. Although he didn't win, he later proved victorious in the online Top Chef Healthy Showdown, and can currently be seen in commercials as Healthy Choice's Flavor Ambassador. We recently met Ryan working on another one of his projects in Bon Appétit magazine's test kitchen, where he gave us a sneak preview of the new Bon Appétit Collection of cookware he's representing—high end pots and pans, pressure cookers and a very cool electric grill—which will be available exclusively on HSN starting January 31st. While there, we cornered Ryan while he was cooking and asked him if he'd ever had Buyer's Remorse.
Racked: Can you tell us about a time you've had Buyer's Remorse?
Ryan Scott: I'm very impulsive because I'm a Scorpio. Like for my birthday this year, I saw a Mercedes Benz at the dealership after leaving my girlfriend's house—I bought it the next day. No regrets on that one. I like it. Although I wish I would have test drove it a little bit more, because I'm a little bit tall for it.
But, I'd say probably my most impulsive thing is that I come to New York a lot, and I walk by showrooms and see clothing, and the other day I bought three pairs of jeans at about $200 to $250 apiece. I didn't have time to try them on—I just thought, "Oh that's my size." Sure enough, the jeans don't fit and they're still sitting in my home in San Francisco. So I'm impulsive and now I have an $850 bill for jeans that I can't wear.