Bravotv.com: I know you’ve been watching all season, did you want to be chosen by any specific chef? What was your reaction to being chosen by Angelo?
I wanted to work with Angelo! I like his intensity and we have similar styles.
Bravotv.com: What did you think when you found out he was sick/you’d be getting direction over the phone?
I didnt know what to expect. I just knew I could not win again, even if Angelo were not to come at all.
Bravotv.com: We didn’t really see you nervous about finishing all the prep in time, were you worried at all?
I was not nervous at all. I did as much as I could following Angelo's directions. I did have a Plan B if he couldn't make it the second day.
Bravotv.com: Was there any sort of competition between you, Michael, and Ilan since you’ve all won Top Chef before and you’re competitive people? Vying for the title of Top Sous-Chef?
I dont think so. Of course we all wanted to be top sous-chef, but we understood that we are there to help and we are not competing against each other.
Bravotv.com: Angelo says you were very patient with him on the phone. What was your strategy for executing Angelo’s vision? How much influence did you have on the menu?
My job was to follow orders, try to see his vision, and execute it. I didn't have much influence since I had similar vision and flavor profiles. I agreed with most of it.
Bravotv.com: What was it like competing in a finale again?
I wanted to help Angelo win! It was fun and nerve-wracking! I wanted to win as if it was my finale.
Is there anything Angelo did that you would have done differently? As creative people, we all would have done it differently one way or another. Angelo did a great job.
Bravotv.com: When you found out who won — what did you think?
I was not happy that I was not Top Sous-Chef! Ha!
Bravotv.com: Did you get to taste all the food? Do you think the judges made the right decision?
No I didn't get to taste all the food. If I were judge, maybe, maybe not.
Bravotv.com: Anything else you’d like to add?
My last day at Ajna Bar will be September 17th! I will be staying in NYC! Stay tuned for more info.