Bravotv.com: What was your first reaction when you saw who your competitors were?
Happiness. Roy and I go back 30 years! I adore Art Smith and Michael is someone who is very well-respected.
Bravotv.com: The Quickfire — were you happy with the aisle you got?
Not knowing what to expect or what the format was, I assumed some sort of "test" was involved. The hardest part was my eyesight; I could not read the labels! And yes, I thought it a fairly uninspired aisle.
Bravotv.com: What was the inspiration for your dish?
I don't use inspiration. I kinda use an improvisational technique, which works most of the time.
Bravotv.com: Now the Elimination: Did sabotage ever cross your mind? No.
Why did you decide not to give Chef Cimarusti seafood? Because the seafood was lackluster and I tried to think of protein(s) that would appeal to his Italian roots. And truth be told, it is what I would have chosen for myself!
Bravotv.com: Were you worried at all that the judges/diners wouldn’t respond to your
Not at all. I had a ball!
Bravotv.com: What did you think of the judges’ comments? Fair, I believe. Judging food is the ultimate in pure subjectivity.
Bravotv.com: Did you get to try the other dishes?