Bravotv.com: Are you a Top Chef fan? If so, did you know about chefs from past seasons' experiences with desserts and cakes?
I've known Tom for years from cooking at chef events together and going to his restaurants, and Padma I've known since 2000 because we both had shows on the Food Network, but this season was the first season I've made time to watch the show. And I loved getting to know Gail.
Bravotv.com: Had you seen the wedding challenge from Season 1?
No, but I'd love to.
Bravotv.com: Did the results of this year's challenge? surprise you?
They did a little. It wasn't really clear at first who was at the bottom of the heap and why, but I guess at this point in the contest it's the little things that are left to pick on since everyone is so talented.
Bravotv.com: It is mentioned that Lisa's Chocolate Hazelnut cake tasted better than Stephanie's Dark Chocolate and lemon cake -- can you expand on the flavors, appearance, etc?
Lisa's Chocolate hazelnut cake ate better but was not as visually pleasing as Stephanie's Chocolate Lemon cake. I don't like the combination of chocolate and lemon so Stephanie's flavor combination had a disadvantage for my palate. She used more traditional wedding cake aesthetics, like rolled fondant and flower pedals, so the cake was more visually appealing but the texture wasn't as moist and delicious as Lisa's.