Bravotv.com: How much of your menu did you have to change? You said your food had a lot of mayos, etc in it.
Three of the dishes had to be re-worked last minute.
Bravotv.com: What did you think of the outcome? The judges’ comments?
I was thrilled and honored to make it to the finale. Comments were fine … they liked the antipasti, risotto, lamb, and veggies. Mixed reviews on swordfish texture (I think I fell into the same trap as Suzanne and had to rely on a different grade of swordfish then I do at Bottega) and olive oil cake.
Bravotv.com: Did you taste the other food? What did you think?
All the food as prepared was awesome! I didn’t get a chance to taste them off the buffet line.
Bravotv.com: Did your sous-chefs provide any tips on how to compete?
They knew we wouldn’t get all we bargained for and that a curveball would be thrown, and they were right. .
Bravotv.com: What did you think of the sous-chefs you got overall? You and Fabio seemed to work well together.
The all were amazing. Heads down … dedicated … hard-working! The bonus was Fabio could hold the attention of the patrons and throw the party when I had to run back to the kitchen.
Bravotv.com: Anything else you'd like to add?
First and foremost I would like to thank Chefs Malarkey, CJ, and Fabio for the amazing job they did, the huge contribution on “how” to get the work done in the most efficient fashion. It was a great professional favor to share a kitchen with them. I was disappointed that the viewer didn’t get a chance to see their work in action. CJ, you are a machine! Great palate and hands. Malarkey … true Chef organization and drive. Fabio … fabulous cook, incredible to the camera (so sorry the viewer didn’t get a chance to see how much fun we had on the Italian side). In closing I am honored to share some kitchen time with you and am in your debt.
Respectfully … MC