Top Chef Exit Interview: Episode 4
There were a lot of things to get mad about on this week’s Top Chef: team elimination, Padma’s and Tom’s babies not participating in the challenge and that oven labeling issue.
At least those were my gripes. Here’s what the axed chef’testants have to say.
Endless Simmer: How did you transition from the rigid diet of a professional figure skater to a professional chef?
Arnold Myint: I finally got to eat whatever I want! When I skated I was younger and my metabolism was great. Now I don’t work out 8 hours a day. I think a journalist once wrote that I glide around the room. My restaurants are a production: curtains up, let’s do a show. And my food is my skaters.
Lynne Gigliotti: I’d start with whatever is in the garden. Probably add a protein with fish and definitely something local. Fresh, local, sustainable. That’s what I’m into.
AM: I’d go to the garden with all the herbs and everything. Probably something light because it’s so hot right now.
LG: Right. Something light and healthy so Michelle can keep those guns.
Do you think it’s hard to cook sustainably and seasonably on Top Chef?
LG: It wasn’t easy at that time of the year. Cooking sustainably is very difficult. It’s a very involved process, especially in the summertime to put things up for later and preserving things.
With the baby food challenge did you get to meet either of the babies?
LG: I got to meet Padma’s baby and she is adorable.
Did she get to eat any of the food?
AM: (laughs) No. She has her own diet going on. But Padma ate it…she ate it through…
[que Padma nursing joke]
Did you watch last season and if so were you excited to see Brian and Mike? And would you be interested in coming back?
AM: I watched some. But I’d come back. Use me as much as you can Bravo!
LG: I agree, I want to come back to the judges table. And I didn’t know who Spike was.
What really happened with Amanda’s oven labeling incident?
AM: I think people started labeling ovens and I seem like a label whore. But I didn’t do it.
LG: I didn’t do it either. It was a bone of contention between the chefs. There should have been some system. But mayhem makes for different TV.
AM: I think it was a minor thing.
So, Amanda. Was that blown out of proportion when she and Kevin started fighting in the back room during Judges’ Table?
AM: Amanda has a way of pushing people’s buttons.
Does she actually have any kitchen skills or are they keeping her on for her sassy brown hair?
LG: She’s talented but she also has that sassy brown hair.
AM: Amanda’ s really really talented, she’ll surprise some people. I was put on as the token gay and I actually cooked stuff.
LG: I was the token, I don’t know what the hell as.
What’s your advice for future contestants?
AM: You can approach it one of two ways: like it’s a game and enjoy the experience or you can go in like it’s the Olympics.
LG: Don’t wait until you’re 50.