OK, so moving on from the elimination, you're then bumped to Last Chance Kitchen -- your first week up against CJ Jacobson. Were you surprised seeing him still there?
No, not at all. I thought he was really great and from the time I spent with him I saw a ton of creativity and an amazing chef.
So then it must've been sweet beating him?
Obviously it was nice to beat him for me, but it would have been nice to beat anyone.
And then next up came Josie. Surely you must have had a little extra desire to beat her.
I knew the time would come at a certain point obviously. I was just ready to go. Yes, this overwhelming feeling of 'I want to beat you' floods in.
Moreso than anyone else?
Yeah, just a little bit. Not in any spiteful way, but just 'Dammit, I want to beat her.'
Is there a legacy you'd like to have?
I just want to be remembered for cooking good food and staying true and professional throughout the whole thing.
Have you been getting noticed around town lately?
Ohhhhhh yeah. We have a storefront restaurant, and we just put a blind up because people would stand outside and snap pictures during service of me. It's kind of distracting for the guests. Oh, and I almost got ran over by a car the other day. I was crossing the street and someone was like 'Oh my god' and kept pointing at me, but she forgot to stop her car so I had to put my hand up to get her to stop. But, yeah, I get stopped quite often now, which is quite lovely. Always very nice things to say -- and as long as I don't get hit by a car ...