First off, two words: Sam Talbot.
Yeah, us, too.
And we'll have a Q&A with Talbot next week. Don't you worry about that. But in the meantime, let's talk about Episode 4.
Through our Talbot-induced tears, we watched BJ Smith pack up his knives and leave the Top Chef kitchen. Some fans were surprised — while others couldn't get over the Talbot boot.
Daaaaaaaang I didn't think they'd cut BJ. Hopefully, you'll come back in last chance kitchen #topchef— Victoria (@MzFanta) December 24, 2016
You know what bothers me? THE FACT THAT BJ IS STILL HERE AND SAM IS NOT #TopChef— Cam Underwood (@UnderwoodSports) December 23, 2016
So we asked Smith: Were you surprised by your elimination? What'd you think about Top Chef veterans returning to the show? Here's what he had to say.
BJ Smith: I was surprised by my elimination, especially after seeing the episode. The judges were a lot tougher on some of the other chefs.
BJS: It was great! I have a lot of respect for the judges we had on the show. Tom is by far the most intimidating.
BJS: I do not think anyone deserves to win more any anyone else.
BJS: From the get-go, I was watching out for all of the veterans. They had a pretty clear advantage over the people who were on the show for the first time.
BJS: No, we all got along really well.
BJS Richard Blais came to the house for breakfast and hung out with us. That was really fun.
BJS: Oh man, that's a tough one. It's hard to say, I wasn't able to try anyone else's food.
BJS: I've made some serious friendships on the show. We chat daily and I'm sure we will for a very long time.
BJS: A lot of it! Living in a room with three other adults, not being able to speak to anyone at my three restaurants back home. Having the eight returning chefs as competition was a pretty big head trip that was hard to shake off.
BJS: Gregory Gourdet. He is a very good friend of mine and did a great job representing PDX and himself.
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