Bravotv.com: What was it like cooking for such culinary legends?
It was a true pleasure to see that such culinary legends are asking for down-to-heart food, no foo-foo, no complex things, no high-end presentation. Top Chef is about somebody that can be consistently good over the years and it is too bad that people are being judged over a single dish. And I don't care about what people think of how simple or safe is the food that I do. In the last 6 months of 2008 my restaurant did over a 38% more in profit respect to the last 6 months of 2007, and this means that with this bad economy, when all the other restaurants are losing money and closing down with their fancy food and fancy chefs, my restaurant is getting stronger than ever … how about that??? I am opening three more restaurants in 2009 while all the fancy restaurants that are doing fancy food are closing down. You have no idea how many "fancy" chefs from Los Angeles restaurants are applying for jobs at my restaurant. That is a good problem to have. Simple delicious food is what i do for a living and in my place I give you a fine experience for a fraction of the price. Now you can say anything you want about my food — it is too simple, boring, not refined — I dont care. You can keep your opinion and good luck with that!!!
Bravotv.com: Were you surprised about who went home? Do you think the right person went home?
I think that Leah was over the show. She is a very talented chef but she has no passion for being in TV or this kind of pressure/ She is a great chef and she belongs to a kitchen. She loves what she does and I will work with her anytime, anyday, but for what concerned the competition she was over. She just let things happen and that's it. I wish her the best. She is really talented and i love her.
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.
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.
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!!!
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!
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
"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.
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