Andys Blog

The host of Top Chef reveals her favorite challenge.

on May 10, 2006

Katie Lee Joel is a life-long foodie, she's sexy, she runs a website called OliveandPeach.com, she's Billy Joel's wife, and you'd have to live under a rock to not know that she's the host of Top Chef!

HEY KLJ! LAST TIME I SAW YOU WAS TWO WEEKS AGO IN L.A. AT THAT INSANE REUNION SHOW. WHAT DID YOU THINK OF THE TAPING?
(laughs) The reunion show taping was probably the worst day of taping in talk show history -- absolute chaos. If you watched that Britney and Kevin reality show, you will see that they have nothing on our chefs when it comes to chaos.

ANY MOMENTS STICK OUT?
Cynthia was egging on Ken the whole time. The two of them were going back and forth. I felt like she knew exactly his buttons to push to get him to act out. I can't imagine what it had been like if he had stayed on the show beyond the first episode.

WHAT WAS YOUR FAVORITE CHALLENGE?
I love the microwave challenge! I had such a good time watching the presentations -- I know that was the least favorite of the chefs and we all expected them to fail miserably, so I was pleasantly surprised with what they pulled off. Dave's magical lasagna was my favorite. Anything with melted cheese and tomato sauce makes me happy!

YOU TRIED EVERYTHING OVER THE COURSE OF THE SERIES -- WHAT DISH TASTED THE BEST TO YOU?
My favorite dish through the entire competition was Harold's pink snapper that he made in the signature dish challenge of the first episode. If that was on a restaurant menu, I would go once a week.

AND YOUR LEAST FAVORITE DISH?
Oh, I am trying to run through my mind at what was served. The Wedding Episode for sure -- I really didn't like anything that entire night. Namely the cake. I am really against cake mixes.