Richard - The improv challenge where we had three words "Green Perplexed Tofu." It seemed impossible but we made a Tofu steak marinated in beef fat with green curry - if vegetarians can make "soysauge," I can certainly cook tofu in beef fat.
Q: Who was your least fave Chef? What chef do you most get along with?
A: CJ -This question always is asked...are you the person that comes around and asks this every time? Well if I have to choose someone it has to be Hung during the season, but now he's so easy-going and nice. Lia is my favorite.
Richard's response: Lisa personality was pretty much as you see it, so it was hard to get along with. Antonia is my favorite - she's up here in LA.
Q: What was the craziest things you guys did in the stew room?
A: CJ - Blow up gloves to be balloons? We're in the stew room for hours sometimes 6 to 9 hours at a time...it's one of the times that you get to drink the most alcohol, and you just kinda lose it. That's why at judging's table you see us crying!
Richard - Mark wanted to be the gladman and we wrapped him in plastic except for his lip. It was pretty fun in that stew room.
They both nodded their heads in disagreement because they both couldn't give me an answer...saying that they avoid signature dishes. They are non-signature dish kind of people, and that I'm a nice girl for coming to his restaurant. I blushed of course, but it's a honest answer.
After the questions, we got to meet them and I got autographs from both of them. I was first in line and ready for my photo-op with the Top Chefs. I was mad at myself for not bring my Top Chef cookbook, but it was a last minute decision. They had "free" photographs for us as handouts.
Thank goodness, CJ was sitting down for this one, because I would have felt really short! I did ask him when he would be in house for his restaurant so I can see him in action. He told me all this week he would be out of town and in Phoenix for the last stop for Top Chef.
What an awesome experience, and I wasn't as star-struck meeting these Top Chefs as when I met Fabio last year at the Gilroy Garlic Festival. I didn't want to seem like a crazy foodie-fan, but I am! Can't wait to watch the new season of Top Chefs!