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Fabio: "Unfortunately, You're Going to See My Face a Lot"

Fabio: "Unfortunately, You're Going to See My Face a Lot"

It's down to the wire on Top Chef with only three contestants remaining. Fabio was the first of the Euros to pack up his knives and leave the competition. Yesterday, I had the chance to speak with him over the phone. To find out what he had to say about Stefan, his experience, and Padma's Italian,


On Stefan: He is extremely confident. The difference between me and him is I am a people person, very personable. He doesn't care. He's very straightforward. He's not a cocky guy. He's a great guy, great person, and he is confident. if you want to translate confidence into cockiness, fine with me. If I wasn't confident, I wouldn't be here. It's not a bad thing to be confident, especially in this kind of economy. I could hang out with him all day; sometimes he's at the restaurant, we go party together.

On his elimination: I wasn't upset. I'm a very happy person. I see that I have 13 people behind me and three in front of me, and I get motivated. Life is too short to complain. My dad and my grandfather used to tell me, "If you have a problem, and you know there's a solution, then stop bitching about it." If you know there's no solution, then why bitch about it? There's no solution. When you're the chef you're always in the spotlight.

On Bravo's portrayal of him: Whatever you see is the way that I am. I'm a nice person. Listen, if you see somebody on TV that said "f**k this, f**k that, d*ck here, d*ck there," it doesn't matter how they cut you and paste you — you said those things. They cannot put things in your mouth. That's what you said, that's what you've done. I've been very happy with what I said. If I did misbehave, I apologize for that. That's the way I am, the way I talk, the way I act, the way I cook.

On the judges: Who am I to judge them? With Colicchio, I can agree to disagree. He has done things that I would love to be doing in the next 10 years. I honestly respect his opinion. It's up to you if you are smart enough to take it. Padma was speaking Italian to me. She was modeling for this Italian agency and she was working for this very famous talk show in Italy, so I was actually looking at Padma way before she was looking at my food.

She has a great palate, she's smoking hot, she understands a lot about food. I respect her. She's a very nice person, very personable. We had a good time together. She's very fun.

On the guest judges he disagreed with: I had a big argument with Martha Stewart. My polenta, she said that it was gray, but she didn't even taste it. She dipped her fork in it, she didn't even take a full bite. The other judge was a French guy, Jean-Christophe Novelli. He told me that my cream was not cooked enough and that the egg white was coagulated. I told him there was no egg white in it. I'm saying, there is no egg white in the cream — how's that sound for you? But he's French! Italy, France, they have a history. In food, and wine. Last year there was the World Cup, soccer; I understand. I'm just kidding. You know, I think he's a great chef. It's an opinion. You cannot agree with everything. It's your ass there, you gotta defend yourself a little bit.

On what's next: I will do more TV, I can promise you that. I have a food line coming out. I have an offer for a TV show. What I said is that I am getting a lot of offers. I am getting asked to license my image to food companies. I have a deal with Ducati motorbikes. I am dealing with a TV company, yes — I got a lot of requests; they offered me a job here and there. But don't forget that I am a chef. Everything that I will ever do . . . my first business is food. Unfortunately, you're going to see my face a lot. I am not allowed to talk about it. We will see. Watch what happens. But stay tuned.


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mswender mswender 8 years
I love Fabio and this was a great interview! Can't wait to see more of him!
fashion4ward fashion4ward 8 years
I'm really gonna miss him! He's been one of my faves all season. I just really hope Hosea doesn't win now.
pharm_chick pharm_chick 8 years
fabio was one of my favs from the beginning. i dont know if his cooking was worse then hoseas or stefans or even carlas, since obviously i didnt try it, but i wouldve loved if he went to the finale. i cant wait to see more of him!! and he loved padma, so that means she wasnt all that bad right? btw.. did u see padmas pantene commercial? i was like omg yay!! haha
Pallas-Athena Pallas-Athena 8 years
I loved Fabio from the beginning. I also kinda want Stefan to win just so Hosea can get mad. I hate him! Anyway, I knew that Fabio was going to leave (not only because I heard he got kicked off), but because they showed him a lot in Wed.'s episode. He is fantastic and his wife is so lucky! I wish he had made it to the top. He was one of the better chefs and people on the show. I hated the episode where some guest judge (I forget which one) wouldn't let him speak even though he wasn't being rude or trying to defend something he did wrong. That guy was a jerk.
wdeanne wdeanne 8 years
Tom Colicchio made some sort of reference to Fabio getting some TV deals as well. I wouldn't be surprised if Fabio showed up on some sort of Bravo TV show.
lady_jade lady_jade 8 years
I liked Fabio. Also, "bunky beds" has become a little catch phrase among my family. Thanks for the interview!
CiaoBella2 CiaoBella2 8 years
I was very sad to see him pack up his knives, he is very talented and seemed very genuine on the show. Hope to see him again on TV in the future.
laurelm laurelm 8 years
I am not surprised at all that we will see him on TV again, he was entertaining, endearing, I loved him!
doogirl doogirl 8 years
When he cut his finger and said that he would chop it off, sear it on the stove and deal with 9 fingers the next day, he totally won me over! I really wanted him in the top 3, along with Stefan and Carla. I can not wait to see more of Fabio, he was fantastic!!!
nancita nancita 8 years
I don't mind seeing his face a lot more, especially if he's going to make a goofy face like in that hilarious photo. What a nice, long chat with Fabio. Thanks!
reesiecup reesiecup 8 years
I adore Fabio but I could feel the inching of elimination this week. I can't wait to see what he has in store for us!
Michelann Michelann 8 years
I really liked Fabio, he was very charming and seemed like a nice guy. I hope his tv show deal works out!
Entertainment Entertainment 8 years
I am cracking up at the idea of Fabio and Stefan partying together. Great interview — sounds like he was fun to talk to.
cddlykoala cddlykoala 8 years
I don't care what he does, just please keep him talking! Oh that accent!
ilanac13 ilanac13 8 years
huh - he's very modest don't you think? talking about everyone who wants to work with him and all these deals that TV networks want and endorsements. i hope that he continues to cook rather than be famous but i guess we'll just have to wait and see
sonya-ina sonya-ina 8 years
Looooooove Fabio! I was really disappointed that they gave him the boot instead of Stefan. And although I think Carla is a great chef, I would have liked to see Jeff win that last challenge.
pioneers pioneers 8 years
I hated Fabio at the beginning (yet somehow always loved Stefan?) but he really grew on me after a few episodes. He can sauté my scallops anyday.
amelioratelj amelioratelj 8 years
He seems like such a great guy- I was so impressed with him throughout the show. Wish he would have made it to the finale!
LaurenG22 LaurenG22 8 years
I am so jealous you got to interview him! I hope he gets all these deals, he definitely is an interesting person! :)
mamasitamalita mamasitamalita 8 years
"It is Top Chef, not Top Scallops!!"
aimeeb aimeeb 8 years
I miss Fabio. :( He really grew on me over the season.
Chaoticfury Chaoticfury 8 years
I hope to see Fabio on television soon. He was one of the most sincere and hard-working in the group.
tlsgirl tlsgirl 8 years
Not unfortunate at all! I hope to keep seeing him. He was definitely my favorite of the cheftestants and I'll miss him in the finale.
shiningeyes shiningeyes 8 years
I loved Fabio too. I always hoped Jamie and Fabio would be in the top three.
twentyducks twentyducks 8 years
I heart Fabio! We were devastated when he left; the next episode will be so dull without him. I look forward to seeing him elsewhere, and he's really the only Top Chef contestant I can say that about.
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