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Alex: "I Really Didn't Want to Be on the Show"

Alex: "I Really Didn't Want to Be on the Show"

Alex was asked to "pack his knives and go" on this week's episode of Top Chef, and I have to admit, I really had no opinion of the Los Angeles-based chef.

However, I spoke to him over the phone yesterday and found out that he is happily enjoying his life as a newlywed. To see what Alex had to say about the Euros, the judges, and his creme brulee,


On neither Fabio or Stefan winning: I think they both have big egos and that's probably going to kill them. In the end, they will cancel each other out. Eventually they are going to go at it. You can't have two big egos together for a long time. They will explode. There are a couple people who are great chefs who can really show off their skills on the show, but they don't have egos. At this point, I always said Jamie was my favorite chef, I think she has the most talent out of everybody. I like her a lot. I think the people with the smallest egos will last the longest.

On Tom's "Top Chef is about winning" comment: Obviously I was kicked off, so maybe he is right. Top Chef is not about who is the best chef or who can cook the best. It's about who can make the best decisions. A lot of the food I make takes a long time, I love braising. On the show I was totally out of my element. You have to make good decisions to win. But to me, it was never about winning. It was about having fun and learning more. I am still kind of 50/50 on that comment. He made a good point. The show is about winning. I knew I could have played it safe, I could make a salad, but I chose not to be safe. It was a bad decision. Ariane did the smartest thing, she made the right decision.

On his wedding: I got married Aug. 24. It was everything we hoped it would be. My bride is awesome. I can't complain about that. That was a big thing with the show, I was constantly thinking about the wedding. I didn't have my suit finalized, I didn't have my vows written. My wife is the one who forced me to go on the show. I really didn't want to be on the show. I don't like being a public guy. She was like, "you have to do it, I will take care of the wedding." She was very supportive. She's an entertainer, so she knows chances like these don't come very often.

On creme brulee: My issue was the timing. I knew the flavor of the creme brulee was good. It just didn't set. I made a poor judgment call. Maybe I should have picked something that took a short time, but I wanted to do creme brulee.

On the judges: I love Tom. Tom's awesome. Out of all the celebrity chefs, Tom's the real deal. He's a very successful chef. I have a lot of respect for Tom. Padma? She's Padma. She's beautiful, stunning, everything people say about her is true. I was like, "Hello, Padma!" Rocco? He's nice. To be honest, I'm not a big Rocco fan. He just doesn't float my boat as a chef. He is good at what he does — public appearances — but I can't imagine him sweating behind the line and going through a 12-hour day. He is almost too good looking for that. When I first saw him, I was a little disappointed. I wanted to see a real New York chef who is still in the restaurant business.


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ujanadu ujanadu 8 years
Why then didn't he try to win for his wife, the person who encouraged him to go on the show? Would have made a awesome gift for his #1 cheerleader... I was a bit more disappointed after reading this article because in all that is accomplished in life, good decision making skills is a must. He should have bowed out on the boat and let someone else in the spot.
bealotus bealotus 8 years
I think he's a sore loser. If you supposedly didn't wanted to be there in the first place why waste your time?
ilanac13 ilanac13 8 years
well everyone has a different opinion on the show and why they would do it so i guess he's got his own reasons. i wonder what his wife was thinking about all this time. she's probably like 'i let you go and handled the whole wedding planning thing alone and you didn't get even 1/2 way?'
shoneyjoe shoneyjoe 8 years
I didn't think I could get less impressed with Alex. Bravo..., I think...
foxie foxie 8 years
Sounds like something a loser would say.
tlsgirl tlsgirl 8 years
Myeh, I didn't have much of an opinion on him before, and I really don't now either. He comes off as super bland, both in print and on TV. And I'm with the above commenters - I'd rather root for someone with a big ego and personality than someone who's as boring as dry toast and admits that his wife made him do the show.
bluesarahlou bluesarahlou 8 years
"I would rather root with someone who has a big ego (Marcel, Hung, Stephen) than watch wimps who dont really want to be on there and when they get kicked off for not being the best they whine about it." EXACTLY. All those other chefs that actually WANTED to be there...and he has the balls to complain that his wife made him do it? :oy:
Dana18 Dana18 8 years
That's his whole problem. He was not there fro the contest and got kick off as he should have. And if he was so concerned about his wedding why did he join the cast anyway. He Could have declined and gave his spot to a chef who really wanted to be there.
nancita nancita 8 years
Very fascinating interview. I actually really liked Alex and I'm sorry he wasn't more "there" so I could have gotten to know him better.
honeyhoney77 honeyhoney77 8 years
Then why go on the show? Yeah, I agree with you caterpillargirl, their marriage is going to be awesome! LOL What's up with all of his badmouthing?
CaterpillarGirl CaterpillarGirl 8 years
I would rather root with someone who has a big ego (Marcel, Hung, Stephen) than watch wimps who dont really want to be on there and when they get kicked off for not being the best they whine about it. His wife "forced" him? thats going to be a great marriage.
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