Bravotv.com: What did you think when you saw the montage of you and Stefan together? How often do you guys really see each other?
I was laughing so hard. It was brillinat. In Europe people are not "cold" in friendship like here — we hug, we kiss (on the forehead ) and we stay together, so it is normal for us. Stefan is a good guy.
Lately, i've been crazy busy with the business. I am getting tons of requests for licensing my image to some big company. So far I got Ducati, the company that produces all Italian motorbikes, I will launch as a spokeperson for Dr. Oetker, a new line of frozen high quality pizza all over United States. I also got a huge deal with Pellegrino water, and Gail Simmons from Food & Wine. I will be with her launching the national campaign "The Sparkling Life," plus I'm dealing also with Red Bull and Don Q Rum, and on top of this I've been requested to do all kinds of talk shows. It's overwelming the love and interest that I'm getting from everybody. I've done Ellen DeGegeneres and The Bonnie Hunt Show so far, and I have several more in line waiting, plus we are also thinking to do a possible TV show with me involved (just thinking). Without counting that I'm opening two more restaurants in the Ventura County area in the summer and I'm starting a 14-city book tour in all the major book stores around the United States in April and May for my Cafe Firenze Cookbook, and I'm working on my second book. My son is on Google: Recipes and Memories from an Italian Mom. I'm doing this with the help of my mom of course. She will tell America all the funny and sad stories and recipes that made her happy or cry since the day that I was born, so as you can see I don't have much time left to hang out with my buddy Stefan and I miss him a lot!!!! Ohhhh I forgot, I'm also almost ready to launch my Web site www.kidshealthcafe.com, in order to promote good nutrition and wellness for kids.
Bravotv.com: Who did you think would win Fan Favorite?
I voted 20 times for Carla. She is hilarious and she is also a great chef, and she did deserve to win Fan Favorite as much as i did.