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Joe Jonas: Team Spike!

The pop star reveals who he wants to go all the way on Top Chef: All-Stars. Tom Colicchio mentioned that he was the one you had initially spoken to about your love of food and the show. What happened?
Joe Jonas: I've always been a fan of the Top Chef show and have always admired great chefs and their work. When I met him I told him I would love to be on the show. Do you have a favorite Top Chef episode of all time? Favorite “cheftestant”?
JJ: Tim Love is a good friend of mine from Texas, and when he was on Top Chef Masters. I loved watching his great cooking skills. What did you think when you were asked to be a guest judge? Were you nervous?
JJ: When I was asked to be a guest judge I was really excited, but once I was in front of all the amazing chefs the nerves really kicked in! What were you looking for from the “midnight snack” the chefs had to prepare?
JJ: I was looking for something that would excite the kids and something they would really enjoy. You made a joke about the chefs only having 30 seconds to prepare their food — do you think they believed you? They looked scared!
JJ: A majority of the chefs looked scared, and I'm sure they believed me. I figured I add more intensity to the pressure they were already under. How did the the chefs do? Which dishes stood out to you?
JJ: The chefs did great and they all brought individual tasty dishes. My two favorites were the snowball creation, and Spike's chips with marshmallow dips. What was the experience like at the museum with the exhausted/over-excited children?
JJ: The experience was amazing! The energy was high and I'm glad they were there. How was your guest judging experience overall? What surprised you most about the experience?
JJ: The biggest surprise about being a guest judge was the fact they asked me to do it. It's such a huge opportunity to be apart of Top Chef. You’re used to, well, a lot of screaming from fans — how was it to be in front of 17 chefs pretty much only concerned about the food? Some of them thought you might even be a pastry chef!
JJ: To be in the room with all of those awesome chefs was an honor, and I became the screaming fan. Who are you rooting for to go all the way?
JJ: Spike! He's entertaining and his cooking skills are amazing. Do you cook? If so, what are some of your signature dishes?
JJ: Yes, I love to cook! My signature dish are my fish tacos, and I made Turkey on Thanksgiving which turned out really well. What do you usually eat on the road?
JJ: I try and stay as healthy as possible. Sometimes that's a little difficult because on the road I have the opportunity to visit so many new restaurants. What are some of your favorite restaurants?
JJ: Osteria Mozza is one of my all time favorites. What’s the strangest thing you’ve ever eaten?
JJ: Jellied eels was by far the strangest thing I've ever eaten, and I'm not a big fan of it. Any new projects coming up or anything you’d like to tell us about?
JJ: I have a few music projects that are in the works, and I can't wait to reveal more details soon.

Make Top Chef Mei Lin's Winning Dessert!

Learn how to make the dish Tom Colicchio called the best dessert in Top Chef history!

Mei Lin's Strawberry Lime Curd, Toasted Yogurt, Milk Crumble, Mint

Strawberry Lime Curd Ingredients and Directions
1c Strawberry Puree
3 Eggs (Whisked Together)
2 Tbsp. Sugar
1/2 lb. Butter
1 Tbsp. Cornstarch
TT Lime (zest and juice)

1. Cook over double boiler.
2. Add limejuice and zest to taste.

Lime Puree Ingredients and Directions
20 Limes Zest
Simple Syrup
Grape Seed Oil

1. Cooked in simple syrup.
2. Blend with grape seed oil.

Milk Crumble Ingredients and Directions
1 Cup AP Flour
1 Cup Panko
1 Cup Milk Powder
1 Cup Sugar
1 Cup Butter (melted)
1 Cup Bee Pollen

1. Combine.
2. Bake at 375 degrees Fahrenheit until golden brown.

Yogurt + Lime Ice Ingredients and Directions
1 Qt Yogurt
1 Qt Crema
4 Limes (zest and juice)

1. Charge 2 times in Isi.
2. Disperse in bowl of nitrogen.

Toasted Yogurt Ingredients and Directions
1 Qt. Greek Yogurt

1. Char until dark.
2. Blend.

To Garnish
Fresh Strawberries and Mint





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