Harold Dieterle

Harold Dieterle thinks the Thanksgiving challenge was pretty cool. He feels the same way about Anthony Bourdain.

on Nov 22, 20060


First of all, I thought the can challenge was pretty cool. I think a lot of us, as chefs, don't have the availibility of certain exotic ingredients, so we find ourselves using cans. Though I don't think that was really the case with these ingredients. I'm not opposed to using canned products. I like to use fresh, but sometimes obviously it's not practical to take coconuts and pop them open to get the milk out, so we use canned coconut milk every now and then. It's common.

About the Quickfire challenge, all I can say is that 15 minutes is not a lot of time. It's one where you're really put to the test. And on top of that -- to build up more pressure -- you've got Tom as the judge. And anytime you have Tom as a judge, you've got to be extra, extra on your game, because at the end of the day, he makes the final call. So you know, you really want to take it to the next level when you're cooking for him. It's one of those situations where it was really huge to win the Quickfire for this one, because the winners also get the opportunity to have a day off from cooking. Which is so relaxing. Especially in this kind of atmosphere, where you're banging out new dishes every day. And this is the point where people are starting to get broken down mentally and physically. On many levels. I'm not going to lie, there were times where I was just like, "you can send me home, I've had enough of this." It's exhausting -- it's not just the cooking, it's just dealing with all these crazy personalities. And people that you're living in a house with that you've never met before. You're away from your family, you're being pulled out of your normal life. It's grueling.