Bravotv.com: Were you nervous that the judges would find the dish too heavy? They commented that they weren’t used to the two preparations of chicken.
No, I knew the other food would be lighter, and more hipper than mine, and I believe that was the secret to my success — they welcomed that taste of home. Odd numbers are better than even. I felt good about it and that was the most important reason. You have to please yourself, because if you do most people respond well to that favorably.
Bravotv.com: Did you get to try the other dishes? What did you think?
No I don't ever eat much when I am cooking. My favorite was Michael's chocolate explosion!!! Wowowwo, that man can make some delicious sinful dessert.
Bravotv.com: You all seemed to form a real bond. Have you all kept in touch? What did they teach you?
I've not seen my fellow chefs since we competed together, but I am in L.A. and plan to go and see Michael at Providence. Roy is in Hawaii, Jonathan in NY, so I'll see him next week. We are all busy with multiple restaurants, staff, and family.
Bravotv.com: How were you feeling at this point, going in to the Championship Round?
Well, I was little concerned about being away from home, restaurants, and trying to compete and being distracted. I also had a gutt feeling things were going to get harder.
Bravotv.com: Anything else you’d like to add?
I love being with fellow chef friends, actually seeing them cook, chatting with them about politics, family etc. You see each other as one, and how we are so connected by so many common threads.