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Bravotv.com: What were you thinking when you saw who the chefs you would be competing against were? Did you know any of them before?
First stress, then "game on." I knew of the other chefs, but had never met them before.
Bravotv.com: First the Quickfire, did you know right away what you were going to make with the color red? What would have been your first choice of color?
I had ideas what I was going to make, but did not really know until after I saw the ingredients in the pantry. I changed my mind a couple of times. My choice would have been orange.
Bravotv.com: What was the inspiration for your dish? Besides color, of course?
I knew it just needed to be fresh, quick, simple, be full of flavor, and have a little "twist."
Bravotv.com: What was your reaction when the diners said your gazpacho looked like blood? Is that because it sat too long?
Blood is red, so that was my intent, and it nailed the rules of the contest. The gazpacho was always meant to be red. It had nothing to do with the fact that it sat because the waiter forgot to bring it to the judges.
Bravotv.com: Onto the Elimination: What would have been your ideal offal to use from the choices given?
Tongue — it is so flavorful.