Burning Questions

Mark Simmons answers our questions, including whether or not he really thought Tom Colicchio didn't like him.

May 1, 2008

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Bravotv.com: Let's start with the Quickfire, what did you think the key to the rice challenge was?
The key to winning the Quickfire was to be familiar with the 90-second rice, something I have never used and I doubt I'll ever use again. Also it took me about five minutes to get the microwave up and running. Let's just say it's not my favorite piece of kitchen equipment!

Bravotv.com: Were you familiar with Chef Art Smith before? Were you excited/intimidated to see him?
Nope -- never met the guy.

Bravotv.com: Onto the Elimination -- it didn't seem like you had to worry too much about the price issue, but how much thought went into the health/kid-friendliness of the curry?
Are you kidding me? 10 dollars for four people shopping at Whole Foods is crazy talk. They should rename that place "Whole Paycheck." The challenge was to cook a meal for a family of four; it wasn't about making a kid-friendly meal.

Bravotv.com: How important is it to introduce kids to new flavors/foods? Is this what you were trying to do?
I think it's important to show the kids new foods, but it wasn't intentional. Padma stated that we would be cooking for a family of four when she introduced the challenge. That changed when they instructed us to serve it to children after we finished cooking. Also, had I known my demographic I would have made something a little closer to home as kids can be tough customers.