Burning Questions

The winning chef answers our burning questions ... and doesn't hold back about Wylie Dufresne's criticism.

Feb 11, 20090

Bravotv.com: First the Quickfire: What was the inspiration behind your dessert?
The inspiration behind my dessert was that this guy is one of the highest representatives of molecular gastronomy in USA, and what I've done is a perfect representation of some "eggs" concept in two different ways and one egg breakfast dish. Now i was the only one trying to go molecular in order to honor the master and I was on the bottom because he told me that I used the same tecnique, which by-the-way he was wrong because, yes, it was spherification but one was the classic recipe and in the eggs in the shell was the reverse one, so, yes, the result was similar but i got two completely different approaches, and also i've done the quail eggs like for Rocco. The next time i will poach again a bullsh-t eggs with some sauteed spinach and some Hollandaise sauce and I'll be again in the top 3, but i'm happy. I am a very happy person; it is very hard to put me out of mood.

Bravotv.com: Did you think you’d be penalized for not making breakfast? Or lauded for using molecular gastronomy?
The problem is that for the whole season the judges are keep asking us to amaze them with incredible food. They have been telling us that playing safe is not going to get us anywhere and they prized poached eggs and roasted chicken. Lately who is winning the challanges has been doing panna cotta, seared scallops, mousse, and grits. With all due respect for those people, how amazing is a panna cotta or a plate of grits. They have to decide where they arestanding because this year it seems like that the more safe you play the further you go. I'm happy I do simple food and this is what is good for me but I dont know how amazing the food is till the end of the competition; all the chefs are playing very safe, and I dont think that he will laugh at me. My tecnique is perfect — there is no room for mistakes in molecular.

Bravotv.com: Onto the Elimination: Would you have preferred to cook for anyone but Lidia?
Lidia is a wonderful woman with a great palate. It was a true plesure to cook for her. I coudn't have been happier ... too funny that I didnt have to cook the bullshit eggs for Dufresne at the end in the Elimination Challange.

Bravotv.com: What would your last meal be?
Steak and pasta, and a bottle of wine. If i have to die after dinner, I want to be a little drunk.

8 comments
Wolfebets
Wolfebets

Fabio, I watched the video from the Bravo site and wrote it out in my blog on Facebook. I have a nice tribute recipe walk-thru for you. Start your Facebook and ask me for invite to see it. The chicken was fantastic...thank-you Grandma!

Betsy Wolfe Stemple

Debbie A
Debbie A

Fabio, it was a pleasure to watch you cook, because you seemed to put your heart into everything that you did.And simply because you cook from your heart, you ARE a Top Chef! You seem to be an engaging and talented young man, with a very bright future ahead of you. Best wishes to you and your family. Debbie A., Melville New York

Frances
Frances

"If I have to die after dinner, I want to be a little drunk."

I laughed out loud when I read this! God bless you Fabio. I hope your mother gets better soon.

Janie
Janie

Fabio,

I'm so sad the judges sent you home last night! I thought you were going to the top 3. Anyway, Good luck with yous restaurants! You rock! :D

Liz in NJ
Liz in NJ

Fabio, YOU WERE ROBBED! Without a doubt Stephan should have gone home. I know he is very talented, no doubt. But he was not judged based solely on what he made for the party. That is obvious, they took into account his past wins. That is unfair because they apply that rule when it suits them and some contestants did not get that pass.

Hey, you know you are a winner, beautiful wife, love of life, great future ahead. I hope you had fun and no regrets. And my Italian grandmother would agree with you, Martha, what do you know about polenta, stick to white bread!

Ciao Bello Buona fortuna in avvenire. Ora it' tempo di s di andare a casa e fare alcuni bambini!

joana nyc
joana nyc

Hi Fabio!

I totally disagree with the judges!!!!! They sending the best chef's home and leaving average for the final!!! Are you kidding me!!! Carla-she isn't that good, she gets away with the simple food ! Hosea, he is OK, not top 3 in the final FOR SURE!.

Final 3 show 1 Fabio! 2 Stephan! 3 jeff!

Fabio , best of luck to you!!!

Maddalena De Candia
Maddalena De Candia

Fabio: Manchero vederlo sopra Top Chef. Siete gradetto, il piu divertente ("Se il vostro alimento e grande come la vostra bocca, che vincerete di sicuro."), ed ammira la vosra modestia. Arrivederci e Dio benedica.

Jo T
Jo T

Oh Fabio - if only I were several years younger!!! You are charming with a wicked sense of humor and with all that you project, you will go far. Your wife is a lucky lady. I am so sorry to see that you have gone - I was rooting for you or Carla; Stefan to me is too cocky and self-confident. He CAN cook but there is more to it than that. Buon fortuna.