Bravotv.com: What did you think of this week's Quickfire challenges? What do you look for in the perfect bite? What did you think of Carlos and Nick's work with the red peppers and eggplant?
Emeril Lagasse: I really enjoyed this week’s Quickfire challenge. It was nice to see the chefs competing in a different format, especially this close to the finale. For me, the perfect bite is all about balance. I think that both chefs did a nice job with this challenge, but it seems that Carlos was able to better highlight the produce by keeping it simple.
Bravotv.com: Tell us about why you decided to allow the chefs to leave their mark on your restaurant? What did you hope the chefs would come up with?
Emeril: I'm very proud of this group of chefs and I wanted to share their work with our customers by letting them taste the winning dish first hand. It's been an amazing journey for these cheftestants and they have truly embraced the cuisine and local ingredients of the city. It's really cool that they were able to compete for such a tangible prize that I think is pretty significant in leaving their mark.
Bravotv.com: What did you want the chefs to embrace and taste over dinner at your restaurant? Were you hoping to strike inspiration in them?
Emeril: By sharing my food and experiences with them, I was hoping to inspire the chefs to use what they have learned throughout this season and to cook from the heart in the Elimination Challenge.