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Jill: Unjust Desserts

Ousted chef Jill explains her choice of using Ostrich egg. What did you think of the Quickfire? Did the hot dog inspire you?
Well, the Quickfire Challenge was to create a "gourmet hot dog"; I tried to think of a way to take something that is not gourmet and make it such. I think that the dim sum version of a chili and soy seasoned hot dog is more gourmet than a sausage in a store-bought bun.

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Watch Top Chef Season 21 Wednesdays at 9/8c on Bravo and next day on Peacock. Moving on to the Elimination, what was it like cooking in Tom's kitchen and having him expedite?
Tom has an inspiring kitchen. After figuring out where everything was, I was a little more comfortable. Being around the judges always made me nervous, but Tom is very professional with expediting, so that part went well... What was the inspiration for your dish? Did you consider doing either of the other two courses?
I had originally wanted to make a dessert. Making pastries is one of my stronger points, but after the Quickfire, I thought that making an entree would show more initiative. The "inspiration" was the actual ostrich egg. I (wrongly) thought that taking a bold, interesting ingredient would score a few points. What did you think of the other dishes? Were you surprised how poorly everyone did overall?
I was very disappointed with the dessert team; I know I would have done well if I were in that group. Did you think using the ostrich egg would put you over the top?
I saw that my plates came back to the kitchen empty from the diners, so I thought everyone liked the dish. The rice for the crust came out perfectly, the quiche set up nice in its water bath; mushrooms, asparagus, cheese, and egg work well together ... with the addition of a bold ostrich egg ... yes, well, I thought it was a creative idea ... If you could remake your quiche, what would you have done differently?
If I could re-make the quiche?? I wouldn't make a quiche! I should have made poppyseed tuna or a dessert like I originally had wanted. Who are you going to miss the most?
I think I'm going to miss Radhika the most. How has your life changed so far since the show has started airing?
My life really hasn't changed that much; I get recognized occasionally when I'm out. Now I'll probably be called the ostrich egg girl or something! I have been very inspired to learn more about the culinary field. Where can people follow you and your cooking?
I'm currently planning my next move. I'll keep everyone posted.

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