Top Chef Exit Interview: Episode 4

top-chef-704-update-top-recipe

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.

top-chef-dc-exit-704-lynne-arnold

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.

If you had a chance to cook for first family – what would you make?
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.

Arnold Myint
Lynne Gigliotti
There were a lot of things to get mad about last night: team elimination, padma and tom’s babies not participating in the challenge and that oven labeling issue.
Politico
Reality wanted
Washingtonian
Tv spot
Had a chance to cook for first family – what would make:
Lynne: start with whatever is in the garden. Probably add a protein with fish and def something local. Fresh, local, sustainabole. That’s what I’m in to. Totally depends on availability.
Garden with all the herbs and everything. Probably something lite b/c its so hot right now.
Fav person got to meet:
lynne – happy to meet chef ripert
future advice:
Arnold – approach one of two ways, it’s a game and experience
Or you can go in like it’s the Olympics
Whatever you decide
lynee – don’t wait until youre 50
How did transition from the rigid diet of a professional figure skater to a saucy professional chef?
the transition I finally got to eat whatever I want. When I skated I was younger
I don’t work out 8 hours a day
I think a fellow journailist when he sees me glide around the room when I skated. My restaurants are a production curtains up lets do a show. And my food is my skaters.
Do you think its hard to cook sustainably and seasonably in top chef?
it wasn’t easy at that time of the year. Cooking sustainably is very diffucitl and try to figure out bc involved in the summer time and preserving things.
I certainly would ecourage top chef . healthy country if people
whats it like to get back to the classroom now that rock star.
Very respectful. Haven’t walked into school today. Should be interesting to see response but have to deal with 6 hours and then I’ll have vacation.
Baby food challenge – did you get to meet either of the babies.
Lynne go to tmeet padma’s baby and she is adorable.
Did she get to eat any of the food.
no. she has her own diet going on.
She ate it through…and padma’s nursing
How did you 2 decide to pair up w/ each other
lynne – we worked next to each other a few times but I really enjoyed working next to him at same table.
Arnold We’re a good fit, really good friends.
Last meal
Lynne Le Bernadan
Steamed prawns
Why you gave up your illustraiou career in restaurans and caterint to go teach
I became interested while I was catering. When I was still in scool one of my teachers asked why I didn’t stay and teach but I wasn’t there yet. I thought it be a good next step in my career.
weird to go to atl to hyde park
Weird understandment. Like beamed in. urban metropolis to living in the middle of the woods off a dirt roal. Bizarre.
Vacation
Go to beach and farm in west va.
Watched last season, psyched to see brain and mike
I watched some. But I’d come back.
Use me as much as you can bravo
I agree, I want to come back to the judges table. I didn’t know who spike was.
Judges table:
Spanish tortilla was funny  – what did he mean by that
What was it like to cook for top chef contestants
Wasn’t more
Fav dish cooked on show:
Arnold – everything that I cooked very proud of. The cake that I did and I made a dessert that thai basil case and
lynne – really liked waffle dish
Peas favorite ingredient:
were you aware of this similairtity. Don’t think we knew that until saw on webpage. Makes sense since we get along really well. Doesn’t surprise me.
own line of peas.
Oven labeling:
I think people started labeling oven and I seem like a label whore. Id idnt do it.
Lyneed didn’t do it either. Bone of contention. Should have been some mayhem makes for different tv.
I think it was a minor ting
Amanda
that was not blown out of propotion. Amanda has a way of pushing peoples buttons.
kichens skills or keeping on for sassy brown hair
Shes talented but she also
I was put on as the token gay and I actually cooked stuff
I was the token, I don’t know what the hell as.
Amandsa really really talented, she’ll surprise some people.

You may also like