Top Chef Exit Interview: First Runner-Up


Our interview with the second-place chef’testant, after the jump (viewer discretion is advised).


He dominated for awhile, but in the end, Stefan is not your Top Chef. Just don’t mention it to him — I don’t think anyone has told him yet.

I thought the dessert was gonna put you over the top last night, but it kind of bombed. What happened?
The problem — and the other chefs will back me up on this — is that the plates are too fucking small. You’ve got a 4-inch plate. How are you going to put a decent dessert on that?

How pissed were you when Fabio said Hosea’s food was better than yours?
Absolutely not. You know, Europeans are honest. You’ve got to be honest. In one episode I said that Fabio’s lamb was overcooked; you’ve got to be honest. I can take it. By the way, I love bloggers. You guys are fucking awesome. I love reading it all. I just read and laugh and laugh. I take it like it is and just laugh so hard.

You’re not phased by being disliked?
I’m always very confident. People call it arrogant, cocky, I call it confident. Did I look like an idiot on TV? No, I looked like a million bucks, so I’m very happy about that.

But you must be mad that you didn’t win Top Chef.
I did win Top Chef, buddy, read the blogs! Hosea gets a $100,000 egg. I am the chicken who is going to lay a lot of eggs and make a lot of money. I’m selling t-shirts at — I’m selling panties with a picture of a cock on it, it’s great. And I’ve got a book coming out called Dirty Dishes, it’s a bunch of chefs writing recipes and writing about me and my life.

What about that teary moment with Carla? You’re really a softie, huh?
Let me tell you, Carla is a very sweet lady. I had some tears in my eyes when I watched that on TV. I can’t see women crying, it fucking breaks my heart. That’s why I picked Marcel. I saw Carla’s face and I knew she couldn’t deal with him. He’s an ass, I’m an ass, so I could deal with him. Marcel was a very good sous chef, by the way. He’s a bit of a twat, but who isn’t?

Speaking of the t-word, I can’t believe they let you say that on TV!
Twat is not that bad. Cock made it onto TV. I said cock twice on national TV. Look, it’s an English word, we all know what it means.

Are you gonna do more TV?
Let me tell you, I’m working on it. I think I have a good shot at something.

Maybe you and Fabio can get a show?
That would be hilarious, but I think it would be better if me and Jamie got a show.

Are you still in love with Jamie?
How can you not be in love with her? I love the lesbians. Who doesn’t? It wouldn’t be the first time. That chick has a great smile and the best laugh. Love her. Leah too, by they way. She also had a great laugh. If Jamie reads this, if she’s ever ready for babies, I’m ready for it. We would make pretty babies.

Do you hope to open a restaurant?
Let me tell you buddy, write a check. I want to open a restaurant, but I want to do it in the right way; not too high-end, especially with the economy. I went to a place last night where Bud Light was $13. That’s retarted. I want to do a restaurant that’s fun, where people can just go sit outside, sit by the fire, have a good time.

What did you learn most from Top Chef?
You gotta be on the good side of the bloggers, that’s the key.

Anything else you want to add?
You guys gotta lay off Hosea a bit. He’s getting a lot of shit and it’s really tearing him up. He doesn’t deserve that much shit. He deserves a little bit of shit but not that much.

Tune in to ES Friday, when we’ll chat with the Top Chef, Hosea.

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  • TVFF February 26, 2009  

    I really like the fist picture in this post…it was nice of Gail to bring her two friends along.

  • Maids February 26, 2009  

    Ugh, he said “Panties!” I hate that word. But I’ll tolerate Stefan because he hugged Carla in the end…. and actually think he probably is a nicish jerk of a guy

  • Eick February 26, 2009  

    Over the course of the season I was warming up to Stefan more and more and starting to like Hosea less and less. This interview is the fucking awesome and the icing on the cake. I am now a full-fledged Stefan proponent.

    His line about how read the blogs he DID win and will be able to lay valuable eggs – awesome.

  • La Morgan February 26, 2009  

    I like that he’s honest, and that he’s a fan of strong women. And he’s got very good reason to have a healthy ego…I’d go to his restaurant!

  • Dawn February 26, 2009  

    I love you does my hubby (not in the gay way) hehehe. We SO wanted it to be you, Fabio and Carla in the end….and we REALLY wanted you to kick Hosea’s butt…..But now I see your point….go lay them eggs brother!

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  • Liza February 27, 2009  

    Ok A) i’m glad I’m not the only one who noticed Gail’s “friends”. And CASEY is the TWAT – worst sous chef EVER – LOVE YOU CARLA

  • Leahsucks February 27, 2009  

    I was hating on Stefan for a while but have been coming around and this interview totally won me over. He’s a lovable good hearted jerk. I don’t think I will be buying the cock panties anytime soon though.

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