Ariane: So Excited!

After a rocky start, the cheftestant is on top, and answering our questions about her win.

Bravotv.com: What was your inspiration for your stuffed french toast amuse bouche?
I have a stuffed french toast on my catering menu. It popped into my head.

Bravotv.com: Were you excited to see Rocco DiSpirito as guest judge?
Yes, very. It is always exciting to me when I see a celebrity chef.

Bravotv.com: What is your experience with doing demos? Ever done TV?
I have probably done one demo in my whole career. It was a disaster. I have never done TV. I always seem to get real nervous.

Bravotv.com: Why did you choose your salad?
I chose that salad because it is a great summer dish, my customers love it, and it's a great salad for the viewers to do at home to impress their guests.

Bravotv.com: You're seemingly redeeming yourself for the judges, but it seems you still feel dogged by your fellow chefs -- why do you think that is?
It's a competition! They want to win.

Bravotv.com: What did you think of the other dishes?

You know I don't see many dishes, but everyone seems to do their best. It's tough. Bravotv.com: Are you excited for your Today Show segment?
SO EXCITED!!! National TV. I have butterflies already.

Bravotv.com: Some blogs have gotten comments that maybe you were saved in the first two episodes, what do you say to those nay-sayers?
I don't care what the blogs say. I'm still in it. That's all that matters.

Bravotv.com: How has business/your life in general since the show started airing?
My business is very busy! My customers are all so proud of me and love me whether I win or lose. My family and friends are proud, even my mom told me today that she is star-struck. Ha! I am so thankful for the whole experience I have had and am having on Top Chef.

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