Burning Questions

The winner of the Air Force challenge talks about his partner and having Jennifer C. as chef.

Sep 2, 2009

Bravotv.com: Were you worried at all that this wouldn’t work?
Never a doubt — how could this not work? Braised pork belly is a trend in fine restaurants today and is usually a crowd pleaser.

Bravotv.com: Your partner, Mike, was pretty pissed about being on the top and then the bottom. What was your reaction to it?
Mike and I were a team, and if I was on top for the pork then I should have been on bottom for the salad. He added that dish simply to enhance the experience for the airmen. I think most of us tried to forget about the competition for a day and just give back a little.

Bravotv.com: At any point, did you say/think to say to Mike that the salad didn’t work? Or were you too busy focusing on the pork?
Never crossed my mind. Mike is a great chef who I respect, and his food usually speaks of that.

Bravotv.com: What did you think of the other chefs’ dishes?
Bread pudding was a hit!

Bravotv.com: We’ve had a little fun on the site, saying you look like Tony Hawk (heard your liked our game :) ... Have you gotten that a lot before?
Tony Hawk? My first skateboard was a Tony Hawk model. He achieved excellence in his craft, and I take it as a compliment.