Bravotv.com: First, what was it like coming back after being away for a bit and watching the show?
Felt good. When you work 120 hour/week it is always good to get one week of break from work, even if was for a competition.
Bravotv.com: What did you think of the Quickfire twist? What were your thoughts on Jeff coming back?
I think he did deserve to be in the final because his dish was better than Jamie and Leah but i don't think he shoud've been there at all. Each one of us went through two more extra challanges. He did get the shortcut. I don't like shortcuts, but he's a good person and a very talented chef, so i guess im fine.
Bravotv.com: What did you think about Emeril as guest judge?
Emeril is awesome. He made an empire out of his passion and I would like to be just like him — pleasant, personable, and a good professionist. He and Colicchio are among if not the best businnessman chefs in this country, and for me it is inspiring to be around them.
Bravotv.com: You said you studied the flavor profiles rather than actual Creole dishes, were you worried about this at all?
No, I was not. Chicken, shrimp, and oysters are chicken, shrimp, and oysters everywhere in the world. I was more worried about the spices. I haven't used many of those and a cajun mix or Creole mix features a lot of them. That's why one of my dishes was missing some heat.
Bravotv.com: What was the inspiration behind your dishes and cocktail?
My partener in crime, Jacopo Falleni, is a great Mixologist and a great drinks connoisseur, among the best in Italy and I sell many of that exact drink every week. Now I agree that it is sweet …
I liked Fabio because my grandfather came from Florence. And he reminded me of my mother's family. My italian side. He has the charm, and his english is good. He may not think so, but we could understand every word, so Fabio you're doing OK. And nice to see how you care about your mother.
Your charming personality is bigger than life. It was a pleasure to watch and listen to you each week. Your comments were priceless. Hopefully, you will get your own show soon as well. Best of luck with all of your ventures. Don't forget to take time for fun in your life...
We adore Fabio and hope he will get his own show where we will look forward to his entertaining personality and great skill. We love you Fabio!
I was at Craftsteak on Wednesday, and it was FAR from everyone what Fabio described when he got eliminated. There were some gasps, but I don't recall a single boo. In contrast, the entire place erupted when Carla won.
FABIO!!!!!!!!!!!!! Aw i am going to miss you a ton!!! You made this season for me!! You are truly an inspiring chef and i wanted to tell you that never on the show did you make "monkey-ass" and that you should have made it to the finale!!! :( I will miss you and i hope that your mother feels better and you are an amazing person and as a young chef, i truly admire you!!!!! Love, your BIGGEST FAN!!! P.S. i better see you being a famous chef and anything but mundane SOON!!