Bravotv.com: Would it have meant more to you to win this challenge behind judged by Charlie?
It would have meant a lot to win. It means a lot to win each challenge. The pigs and pinot event is something I am very familiar with because I worked for Charlie during the creation of the event. I would have liked the opportunity to go to Healdsburg and participate.It's a great event and my wife would have loved to opportunity to get back to wine country for a few days.
Bravotv.com: How upset were you to see the exiting chef go?
Ash was fun to be around. He had this comedic approach to almost every challenge that just kept you laughing to yourself or sometimes uncontrollably out loud. I must say after the Picasso comment he might have checked himself out. I thought it was a great compliment but it seemed he was not expecting to go much further. I would not say I was upset more realizing that some of the people that I have become friends with will also have to go.
Bravotv.com: Who do you think your biggest competition is at this point?
Bravotv.com: Why did u remove the bones from the ribs?
I removed the bones thinking I would present a small square block of braised pork rib. This would not only be easier to eat during the event with a fork especially accompanied by the puree and mostarda. The bone serves its purpose during the braising but could be left off the plate. I wanted to also take something that traditionally is served on the bone and plate it in a different more refined presentation.