Burning Questions

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

Feb 11, 2009

Bravotv.com: You really hurt yourself — what happened?
I took a corner and I did fall due to the wet floor and my pinky was dislocated, so it got very swollen and I coud not move my whole hand. The funny part is that I was about to start cooking and I am a professional chef and like I said this is Top Chef not Top Pussy, so I held strong and got the job done!

Bravotv.com: Had you ever hurt yourself that badly in the kitchen before?
I did burn myself really badly three years ago. I accidentally coated my whola hand with caramelized sugar and I had a third-degree burn. I almost lost my hand and after four days I was back to work. I was eating painkiller sfor breakfast, lunch, and dinner. It is what it is; you have to deal with it.

Bravotv.com: Did you have to do anything differently because of your finger just to get the work done?
I got very upset with the f*##*ng potatoes. I could not peel them and they kept falling off my hand, and also butchering the chicken was a mission almost impossible, but I didn't do anything differently. I kept my focus and moved on.

Bravotv.com: How do you think your dish turned out? What would you have done differently?

It was pretty good — a roasted chicken is a roasted chicken. It's been done before and I have to know how get it done but I was very happy with it, and the potatoes were killer. I challange anyone to reply the potatoes of my grandma.

Bravotv.com: What did you think of the other dishes?
I did not have much time to check the other dishes. I was behind with mine so I did not really pay attention to what was going on with the other contestants.