Burning Questions

The outspoken chef weighs in on Adrienne's situation.

Aug 5, 2013

Bravotv.com: Fans might be interested to know more about your culinary background in England, etc. Can you elaborate? When/why did you start working on yachts?
Ben Robinson: I started working in Michelin-starred restaurants in London when I was 18. I was privately trained in Italy, and I worked at the Fat Duck in England which at the time was No. 1 restaurant in the world. This is where I learned molecular cuisine. I have a blog on my site about it.

Bravotv.com: What's it like being in the galley? Are you privy to everything going on in the other quarters, or are you shut out from it?
BR: Its a bit of both. I do like to make my presence known because I feel it nice for the guests to have a face behind the plates. Also, I have a bit of a knack for deciphering what the guests actually want.

Bravotv.com: What was your first impression of this week's guests?
BR: Actually, I thought they were respectable, clean-cut business professionals.

Bravotv.com: You seem to get annoyed with Sam over her untimely pancake request, and she tells the camera that you can be moody — angry with her one moment, joking the next. Do you think that's accurate?
BR: It was the second time it had happened, I don't have time for such sophomoric mistakes.

Bravotv.com: What went through your mind when you heard the crew would be planning a wedding/that you would have to make a cake? Have you ever had to do that for guests before?
BR: I have never made a wedding cake before, and I think it's quite a ridiculous demand. For the record, in those five hours, I had to cook for 12 crew, make a series of canapés, make a five-course dinner, and a wedding cake!

Bravotv.com: Were you happy with how the cake/wedding meal turned out?
BR: I was happy.

Bravotv.com: Kat asked you to change rooms with her, and you tell her you have to think about it. What are your real thoughts about it?
BR: I feel like it is embarrassing for Adrienne and also quite obnoxious. Since when do you insult your senior that badly and get away with it?!

Bravotv.com: What do you think about the whole situation between Adrienne and Kat? Adrienne and Sam?
BR: Although Adrienne can come across as slightly charmless, she is their boss and they should at least dignify that!!

Bravotv.com: Anything else you'd like to add?
BR: Yes -- if we don't do a second season, I want to do Top Chef... and win!