The boxing promoter/legend is now pushing a former “Top Chef.”
81-year-old King was in Miami yesterday when he explained he had taken Chef Josie Smith-Malave under his wing … and is now rallying to get her another shot on the show … and better yet, her own fried chicken chain.
Chef Josie was recently eliminated from “Top Chef: Seattle” for an overspiced fried chicken recipe — but King tells us, “I feel she was unjustly relieved [from the show]. What we want to do is put her back. We want to vote her back in through the process.”
King — who spoke to Chef Josie for the first time last week — says he’s not doing this for the money … he’s just a fan of Josie’s cooking.
King adds, “Chef Josie is the people’s chef. She’s a master of culinary art for the people … Her food is ambrosia for the masses and the classes!”