Bravotv.com: What did you think of the Jacques Pepin Quickfire challenge? Were you surprised to see the chefs struggle so much in recreating his dish?
Emeril Lagasse: I thought that this was a great challenge. I was classically trained in France and I have a great appreciation for technique and skill because of that. Jacques Pepin is an excellent chef and pretty intimidating when it comes to French cooking. I'm not surprised that the chefs had a tough time with this challenge. It's all about precision and technique and you can't make it up. Everything has to be perfect.
Bravotv.com: What did you think of the French versus Spanish cuisine challenge? Do you have a preference between the two types of cuisine?
EL: Being classically trained in France, I have a great appreciation for French cooking and technique, however more recently I have really gotten into Spanish food through recent travels there. I have embraced the food and culture and started cooking a lot more Spanish food at home. Currently, my kids' favorite is my paella, which I make for them often. French cooking is all about technique, Spanish cooking is more simple and laid-back.