Burning Questions

'Top Chef: Las Vegas' ' first winning chef elaborates on the inspiration behind his winning dish.

Aug 24, 2009

Bravotv.com: Did you taste anyone else’s food? What did you think?
I did not get a chance to taste anyone else’s food.

Bravotv.com: Were you surprised you won?
I was happy and gracious to have won. I hoped that my dish had what was needed to take first in the challenge, but I wouldn’t begin to presume to know if that is in fact true. I think that there were several great dishes, and that on that particular day mine was at least to some degree better.

Bravotv.com: After the first elimination, who do you think is your biggest competition?
I think that it is too early to really judge who the strongest competitor is. Very soon the victories for anyone will be very hard fought, and difficult to come by.