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Ariane: So Excited!

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

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Watch Top Chef Season 21 Wednesdays at 9/8c on Bravo and next day on Peacock. Were you excited to see Rocco DiSpirito as guest judge?
Yes, very. It is always exciting to me when I see a celebrity chef. 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. 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. 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. 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. Are you excited for your Today Show segment?
SO EXCITED!!! National TV. I have butterflies already. 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. 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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