MIGUEL IS GONE! Miguel Morales got the boot on last night's TOP CHEF, and a nation of people who'd fallen in love with "Chunk La Funk" wept. We began speaking yesterday morning for the blog, got interrupted, resumed our convo a couple hours later, got interrupted and never caught up again. I think, though, that I came up with a good solution to our interruptus.
HEY MIGUEL! WHERE DID YOU GET THE NICKNAME "CHUNK LA FUNK"?
It started with Tiffani -- I wasn't proud of it but I played along. I am the go-along guy. She started it because of the junk food thing. The whole "Chunk" came from the fat kid in "Stand By Me." Nobody calls me that among my friends. People online have made comments about it and I've heard it a few times on the street. I kind of find it disrespectful but it's not a huge problem.
WERE YOU PISSED ABOUT YOUR ELIMINATION LAST NIGHT? DID YOU GET A FAIR SHAKE?
I got the shaft! I think Stephen disrespected the whole idea of Top Chef -- he made a mockery of what he was doing. He didn't wear his jacket, which is disrespectful. You'd never see Tom or Hubert go into their restaurants without a chef's coat. I felt like he didn't follow the guidelines of the industry, the proper attire for the career, man! His food was visually appealing and I did have bad episodes but I feel more talented than some of the cast members, so I didn't feel like it was my time to go.
HAROLD GAVE YOU A VERY LOVING GOODBYE HUG.... HE WAS SO SAD TO SEE YOU GO! DID YOU MAKE A NEW BEST FRIEND?
I made a friend with Harold. It was clear that the more professional chefs were friendly with each other. People stuck to their groups. I felt like I was in the middle. I was friendly with Lisa and Dave and all of them really. Dave falls in the middle -- he's not fine dining, he's not a total pro -- and I fell in the middle. Harold and I are great friends I love his personality.
YOU CALLED TIFFANI A SNAKE A FEW WEEKS AGO.... HOW DO YOU FEEL ABOUT HER NOW?
I'm fine with calling her that. She was a phony and still is. She's back in her mode. I don't feel any sympathy for her. She couldn't give a damn who she hurts for a hundred grand. That's not me. Where are you gonna go when that's said and done? When you interview someone for a job and you see through them that they're not a people person, how do you hire her? She is so shallow, completely hollow. Not a real person. If you put us out on a corner more people would talk to me because I am a solid person. When she said I should go home, I knew she would take the opportunity to knock me and then and I took the opportunity to sock it to her. People are hissing at me all the time now on the street. But it's all ok. Remember the convo I had with Stephen at the TV dinner event about growing up in a home with a single mom? Well I have gotten so many emails from nice people that I don't even know so this whole experience has been worth it.