Was the latest Top Chef eliminee Giselle Wellman surprised at all by the judges’ decision to cut her from show? She talks about the emotional episode, who she wants to win the competition and more.
SheKnows: Who is your favorite Top Chef contestant of all time and why?
Giselle Wellman: It’s been a lot of fun to see friends on the show, [like] Chris Crary and Greg Gourdet.
SK: Were you surprised by your elimination?
GW: I was not surprised to be eliminated. I had mentally given up. One of the reasons I became a chef was because of my Aunt Jenny, who passed a couple weeks before I went to Top Chef. She worked at a school very similar to the one we cooked at for this challenge. When we arrived [at] the school, I mentally broke down. This was a very hard challenge for me mentally and a huge roller coaster of emotions that made it very hard to be fierce in the competition.
SK: What was it like working with all of the judges on the show?
GW: The judges were very helpful. Working alongside and getting to know them was one of the best parts.
SK: Which contestant do you think deserves to win? Or who are you rooting for?
GW: Kwame for president!
SK: Who did you consider your biggest competition?
GW: Myself… My biggest struggle was that I was never really comfortable on the show.
SK: Was there anyone on the show you really clashed with? Who was it and why?
GW: I liked everyone. We all had our ups and downs, but in the end, they are family now.
SK: Who is your favorite out of the judges and why?
GW: Gail. Even though [when] watching the show I learn she is a big reason I was sent home, I think she’s great!
SK: Who do you think deserved to go home on last night’s episode?
GW: Phillip wanted to stay more than me, so I am OK with the outcome.
SK: What was the best experience you had on the show?
GW: Proving to the Korean team I wasn’t a schmuck was my favorite.
SK: What was the biggest challenge for you on the show?
GW: Being away from my family in [a] time of grief. There wasn’t a day I didn’t think about my mom and my cousin who had just lost their sister [and] mother. It was so hard to have no communication with them, but most of all, I felt like I wasn’t there for them.