Harold Dieterle

'Top Chef's' Season 1 winner gives his take on the last two episodes.

on Aug 12, 2009

Let's get caught up on last week's episode first. The Burger Quickfire.  What did I think of those burgers? I was really surprised Anita went there with that soup. I liked the fact that she goes for it, but sometimes it's a little too out there. I think she overthought it. It was really scary. I've eaten her food before and I thought it was a slammin' but I don't know.

I thought Rick's burger looked really good. Chiarello had the big burger and it looked good, but it looked like just a straight burger. It was very rustic and very him. For Hubert, they said the Roquefort cheese was overpowering and I could see that. I don't like blue cheese on my burger, but that's just me. I probably wouldn't have liked it, but I do know people who like blue cheese on their burger. When you have those super pungent cheeses it overpowers it. I like it on a salad or in a fondue if it works well, but on top of that I'm not a fan.

Then the elimination cooking for Zooey Deschanel. I've cooked for vegans before. I did a tasting menu once for Robin Quivers from the Howard Stern show. It's nice to know ahead of time that that's what you're getting into. It's not that hard... I think the soy thing was challenging and it would be challenging for me because I use a lot of soy products. If you know how to be creative with it you can do it. If you go to a Whole Foods there is so much you can do and there is so much you can put together. I think I would have had fun with that challenge.