That Time Aaron Schock Talked Congressional Ethics Rules on ‘Top Chef’

Appearing on an episode, the embattled congressman was well-versed on ethics.

"When you become a new member of Congress and win an election, the first day is spent on ethics. Believe it or not, a good portion of that discussion is about food,” Schock said on the show. “Basically, the Ethics Committee wants to make sure that there's not too much undue influence between the elected officials and the paid lobbyists in Washington, D.C."

He and at least 10 members of his staff reportedly stayed at the iconic (and pricey) Plaza Hotel, all on the taxpayer’s dime.

The newspaper updated its reporting Wednesday to include that Schock’s political director was also on the trip. The Sun-Times found that her expenses, however, were covered with campaign dollars, not from his congressional allowance.

But it is questions about the big-ticket expense items, not food and beverages, that could mean serious trouble for the congressman.

A spokesman for Schock has denied allegations of wrongdoing, even as they continue to pile up.

Initially attracting attention for hiring an interior decorator who revamped his office to match the hit PBS period piece “Downton Abbey” last month, there have been new allegations against the congressman each week for the past month. What’s more, each is perhaps more extravagant and troubling than the next.

While Schock has ordered an internal review of his spending, he’s likely to face a congressional ethics investigation, if one hasn’t begun already.

And he has already enlisted legal help. Just weeks after the “Downton Abbey” office incident in February, and as more eyebrow-raising reports trickled in, Schock hired two prominent D.C. defense attorneys and a public relations firm for support.