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Interview with Top Chef's Stefan

Stefan: "I'm Not a Villain, I'm a Softy!"

Although many people thought Stefan was a cocky bastard, I happened to like the quick-witted chef. Sure he was arrogant, but he had the skills to back up the ego. However, his impressive culinary expertise wasn't good enough for him to earn the title of Top Chef. When I spoke with Stefan yesterday, I was surprised at how funny he was. He happily endorses bloggers and is coming out with a clothing line. To find out what he had to say — yes he is still madly in love with Jamie! —


On losing to Hosea: In my mind, I won Top Chef. No really, you know what happens? If you win the title of Top Chef, you get a $100,000 egg, but if you are the runner-up, you laid the egg. What I mean is I'm going to make a lot of money, hopefully. I know I will get something out of the experience, but Hosea? Sure he has the money . . . I hope Hosea sells himself properly and that he has a good shot to get himself somewhere.

Hosea won Top Chef. He deserved it. I love the guy. There's no bullshit going on between us. Really everyone should lay off of Hosea. He doesn't deserve the crap that people are giving him. He's actually pretty strung out about people picking on him.

On being confident: I've always been very confident. Some people call it cocky, some people call it arrogant, but everyone has opinions of those on Top Chef. I think I am pretty good. I thought I had a pretty good shot for it. You want to know the truth? I think it was partial editing. They wanted to create drama. Actually there is nothing that can faze me. I cook for a living! It's the only thing I know how to do. I'm a cook. If I wasn't a cook, maybe I would be a gardener, but I love food. I love people in the restaurant business. I have a very strong personality. It's my way or the highway.

On the judges: Toby is a funny guy. Tom is incredible chef, an incredible restaurateur. Padma is smoking hot. I will take her out anytime and Gail? She's cute. I gotta tell you, she's very cute.

On Bravo's portrayal of him as the villain: We all understand it's a reality show. I think people see me different now. I'm not a villain, I am a softy! Jeez, good Lord, Do I look like a villain? Maybe, but look over the entire season. I thanked every judge, I kissed every eliminated contestant goodbye, I shook all the winners hands. When I watched the finale, I had some tears in my eyes when Carla got choked up. I can't see women cry. It breaks my heart.

I am a softy! That's why I picked Marcel because, if I would have picked Casey, Carla would have had a really hard time. She wouldn't have done well with Marcel. I love Carla. Of course, I'm a softy.

On Fabio selecting Hosea's dishes over his: You get honesty from Europeans. I have absolutely no hard feelings. He stopped bullshitting. I love honesty. I love all you bloggers for your honesty. I take it like it is.

On Jamie: How could you not be in love with Jamie? I love Jamie. I've been asked that many times. It's not the first time I fell in love with the lesbians! She has the best laugh. She is beyond fun, she's a great chef. By the way, I love Leah though as well. Not as much as I love Jamie. If Jamie ever reads this: Jamie if you're ready for babies, I'm ready for it! She would make pretty babies, let me tell you.

On being friends with many of the contestants: I have made wonderful friends on that show, including Hosea, Jamie, even Lauren. I'm 36 years old. I've argued in kitchens, now I don't want to do that. I'm too old for constantly arguing. I want friends in my life. You can ride my bus if you want to, but if you don't, get off! I love them all. There is no bullshit behind the whole thing.

On what's next: I'm coming out with a clothing line. It's called Cocky Chef Clothing you should check it out. It's panties and boy shorts. I have a book coming out, it's called Stefan's Dirty Dishes and it's about my life. Sure I want to open a restaurant, but I want to do it the right way. I don't want it to be high scale. I want it to be a cool hangout with a fireplace outside. I would love to do more TV. I'm working on it. I have a great agency working with me and I'm signing today. We are talking about some ideas, kind of something of Gordon Ramsay-like because of my attitude. We will see what happens. Fabio and I would be a hilarious show, but I think I should do a show with Jamie because she is more clever.


Join The Conversation
laurelm laurelm 8 years
I loved him the whole time, I thought it was obvious that it was extreme editing, because there were way too many moments where I thought Stefan acted with class and was a helping hand. He was SO robbed, but I am sure he will get alot out of the show from his exposure.
tlsgirl tlsgirl 8 years
Oh Stefan, you got robbed.
skilledatlife4 skilledatlife4 8 years
he is adorable
Happsmjc Happsmjc 8 years
stop talking about top chef?? we haven't even heard from carla or hosea yet??? im not over it obv! i guessssss this made me like stefan more :)
ilanac13 ilanac13 8 years
i really like that he's not exactly what he seems - it just goes to show that reality tv doesn't always show you the true sense of someone, but more so the editing factor. it's interesting to me that he has so many things in the works, but i guess whatever works for him.
mswender mswender 8 years
I would love to see a Stefan Fabio cooking show! I really Like Stefan! He really is a sweet heart it seems.
aimeeb aimeeb 8 years
Never was a HUGE fan of him but he grew on me towards the end.
soul-bypass soul-bypass 8 years
Ugh, I can not stand Stefan. I was rooting for Fabio...I wouldn't have minded sharing his "bunky bed" hee hee, he was so cute. I still can not believe Hosea won though, I liked Carla so I wish she would've won BUT to be honest I think Stefan had the most talent in the kitchen even though he's an arrogant jerk.
doogirl doogirl 8 years
I was rooting for Stefan from the beginning, I just liked his confidence! I don't feel sorry for Hosea, I still think he's a punk! And I agree with Peggasus, I think that Stefan, Carla, and Fabio will be more successful because they "lost" than if they had won!
sandy82 sandy82 8 years
He seems so nice. This interview and the finale have definitely made me like him more.
Peggasus Peggasus 8 years
I have a feeling that Stefan, Carla and Fabio will end up being way more way successful being 'losers' than they would have if they had won.
shoneyjoe shoneyjoe 8 years
I just want Stefan to stop saying "buddy" at the end of his sentences. I'm surprised how down he came across on the Bravo interview page: he admitted full-on to being really tired of Top Chef and having his creativity sort of die.
lylpookie lylpookie 8 years
I also love Stefan and was rooting for him the whole time and this article just made me adore him even more. I never thought he was mean...sure they tried to make him the villain, but you could tell he wasn't disliked. It was kind of like how they tried to make Christian from Project Runway seem like the villain, but you could tell everyone still liked him.
Pallas-Athena Pallas-Athena 8 years
*sigh* I want to marry him.
chiefdishwasher chiefdishwasher 8 years
I have changed my opinion of him and look at him as just a confident person.
tepiza tepiza 8 years
I'm in love with stefan's voice.
pharm_chick pharm_chick 8 years
this interview made me love stefan even more
wackdoodle wackdoodle 8 years
I never thought of Stefan as a villan, I thought of him as distinctly Finnish and as a passionless cook. At least from what they showed of him and from the judges comments he was a robotic chef who put nothing of himself into his meals. That actually sounds gross but hopefully everyone understands what I mean. He just robotically fell back on his 23 years of experience and never once showed flare and passion or real creativity or innovation.
LaurenG22 LaurenG22 8 years
Awww, I love him! I still wish he was Top Chef, but this definitely made me feel bad for Hosea... I guess we are all giving him a hard time, huh? haha I hope Stefan has a new show coming out!
dmartinxoxo dmartinxoxo 8 years
This made me laugh out loud! Hahahaha! Love Stefan!
teegaall teegaall 8 years
Aww c'mon Abby, the finale was just two days ago. :P LOL @ Stefan's comments about Jamie and lesbians. This article has definitely made me like Stefan more. I did think he was extremely confident but he backed it up with his cooking.
AbbyHintz AbbyHintz 8 years
When can we stop talking about Top Chef?
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