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Jill: "Tom and Padma Are Famous For Being Critical"

Jill: "Tom and Padma Are Famous For Being Critical"

Yesterday I spoke to Jill Snyder, the latest cheftestant to pack her knives and leave Top Chef. Jill's a chef in Baltimore, MD, where she enjoys making desserts and crab cakes. She wishes she would have defended her dish better, but claims that with the cameras staring at her, she choked up. To see what Jill has to say about ostrich eggs and the judges,


On the ostrich egg: I've used eggs before and I thought using an ostrich egg would be the same. I thought it would make me more original. I have yet to experiment with them. I wanted to wait until this came out, but now I think I will cook with them. It's a creative dish and I think people will like it. I tasted it and didn't think it tasted like dog food. It was egg, asparagus, mushrooms, and cheese with a rice crust. It would be really hard to make those flavors taste bad, but I guess it's a TV show.

On getting kicked off: It felt horribly disappointing. I didn't really get to show a good representation of my cooking, but it's just a show. I've cooked for many more people than the judges. I thought Ariane was getting kicked off, she didn't really cook anything. I know a lot of people ate that dish. I was surprised, I mean Padma spit it out. I guess it's all in the judges' opinion. They thought who could go further in the competition. I guess maybe I should have been a little more dramatic, throw somebody under the bus or something. It was really hard to think of what to say when the cameras are on you.

On Tom and Padma: Tom and Padma are there to judge things. Whatever their opinion is, that's what is going to go. It's kind of intimidating being in front of people who are famous for being critical.

On deciding not to do dessert: Originally I did want to do dessert and a lot of people wanted to do dessert. I guess I should have stood my ground and done the dessert. Since I botched the hot dog challenge, I thought an entree would better show off my cooking skills. I really wish I had done a dessert because I thought all of those desserts were really bad.

On the hot dog quickfire: They asked for a gourmet hot dog and we had a certain amount of time. I thought I could do dim sum. A little bite-sized hot dog. I thought they would appreciate it. I wasn't picturing sausages in some bun because I don't see that as gourmet. I was thinking, how can you make a hot dog gourmet? I put the Asian twist on it. I know how to make sausage. I've made it plenty of times before, but I was worried the judges weren't going to take a sausage instead of a hot dog.

On the Feedbag's open love letter to her: What? I didn't even know. Wow, of course that's really flattering. Well he's probably disappointed in me now that I lost. I didn't even know, I will have to check it out.


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mscc mscc 8 years
Wow...No need to get catty, Caterpillar. Chill out. It was just a suggestion. I stay off of YumSugar, too, but I can't help it if it's the first thing I see on my MySugar summary page.
Isista Isista 8 years
While I agree that she was the right choice to be sent home, I agree with her on the hot dog quickfire. No one *actually* made a hot dog, and it was to be expected. REAL hot dogs take too long; but everyone made a sausage, which is not the same thing. While I think her using a hot dog that was premade was lazy, at least she served an actual hot dog.
yvettecq yvettecq 8 years
while i initially thought ariane was going to be given the boot, in the end i wasn't surprised. when the judges asked jill about her dish, she sounded (& looked) like a blabbering fool and she kept going on and on, just digging her grave along the way. my 7 year old son was watching it with me and even said, "does she ever stop talking?"!
lexichloe lexichloe 8 years
Agreed, tlsgirl. The quickfire was ridiculous.
Dana18 Dana18 8 years
Who puts rice custard in a quiche. That's why they said it tasted like glue. How could you not stick-up for your dish. TV cameras or not , you have to be able to tell anyone what your idea was,good or bad.
tlsgirl tlsgirl 8 years
The quickfire really was ridiculous. The judges actually expect you to make things. As for the competition though, I really would've rather seen Ariane go home.
CaterpillarGirl CaterpillarGirl 8 years
Onto the show. I thought her "spring roll" hot dog was just a horrible nasty idea,and a quiche? even without an ostrich egg? is boring for top chef.
CaterpillarGirl CaterpillarGirl 8 years
Mscc, its friday sorry the world goes on even though you havent watched an episode. If you havent watched it, stay off of Yum, because those of us who have? like to discuss it.
mscc mscc 8 years
Can you avoid posting photos/names of the recently kicked off Top Chef contestants? I haven't watched the episode yet, and I've already found out the ending prematurely -- twice here on Sugar!
ilanac13 ilanac13 8 years
based on the way that the show was edited - i knew that ariane wasn't going home, as surprising as that was. i think that had jill defended herself more then she could have stayed since she probably has a lot of skill, but remember that this is for TV and you need to have something to draw viewers in. Ariane reminds me of Betty all those seasons ago - not the best cook on the show, but she was a reason to watch.
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