Burning Questions

The challenge winner explains why he wanted people to know he could cook veggies, and what he thought of Michael's comment about his food.

Nov 10, 2009

Bravotv.com: Michael Voltaggio makes a comment that he could’ve made your dish his second year of interning. What did you think when he said that?
I have had the opportunity to talk to Michael about his comment and we have resolved any hard feelings as adults. I think that the stress of the show, and the overwhelming emotions that accompany winning and losing sometimes make people say or do things that they regret later. I feel confident that Michael and I share a mutual respect for each other and often agree to disagree on the proper way to approach cooking.

Bravotv.com: Were you excited to cook for Natalie Portman?
I was excited to cook for Natalie Portman simply because I think that it is fun to get the opinion of people other than chefs sometimes. Natalie has certainly eaten her fair share of delicious vegetarian food, considering her travels abroad, and I enjoyed the opportunity to share with her my take on it.

Bravotv.com: How are you feeling at this point in the competition?
I think this is the point in the competition that you have to realize that you can no longer rest on the idea that someone will go home before you. You have to make your food incredibly purposeful and full of flavor to stay in the game.

Bravotv.com: Were you surprised Mike I. went home? Do you think someone else should have gone home instead?
I was surprised to see Mike go home, but feel that he regretted his dish and new of its flaws. Thankfully, I am not in the business of making those decisions so I will remain neutral.