Burning Questions

Dale defends his Asian flair.

May 16, 2008

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Bravotv.com: Quickfire: What did you think when you saw Sam Talbot was guest judge? Were you a fan during Season 2?
I was kind of indifferent, but I thought Sam's food was good on the show.

Bravotv.com: Onto the Elimination: What do you think the keys to winning this challenge were?
My keys to the the Elimination were to serve a healthy meal that would satisfy a cop, more meat and potatoes, but healthier.

Bravotv.com: One of the other chefs during the show commented that you have been doing a lot of Asian dishes -- are you worried that this might hurt you at all?
No, and this is a point of contention with me, and I don't know if this question was pulled out of her, but this is the style of food that I've concentrated on since I started cooking, and it naturally comes to with my Filipino background. Who the f*** cares. This is my food -- it's what I do. I take this very personally. I've been fortunate enough to work with some great chefs: Chef Morimoto Masaharu, Jean Georges, Jeff Felsenthal, Carrie Nahabedian, Yen Tran, Lon symensma, and they've all influenced me in on way or another, and now I've been able express it in my own way. I'm not like others who work for one chef, one restaurant for eight years. It's really weird to me that this individual would have any thing to comment on me since she never worked with me on any of the challenges.