Top Chef's Isaac Toups reveals how Padma surprised him on the show

Mar 11, 2016 at 4:16 p.m. ET
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This season of Top Chef has sure been a whirlwind. Not only did we see fan favorite Kwame Onwuachi kicked off, but this past episode, we finally had Last Chance Kitchen winner Amar Santana join the remaining three chefs.

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The latest chef to get kicked off? Louisiana-based Isaac Toups. He dishes on whether he was surprised by his elimination, who he thinks should win and more.

SheKnows: Who is your favorite Top Chef contestant of all time and why?

Isaac Toups: I liked Fabio quite a bit. I thought he was entertaining.

SK: Were you surprised by your elimination?

IT: Yes and no. I was in it to win it, but honestly, I think everyone was worried about being eliminated every single episode.

SK: What was it like working with all the judges on the show?

IT: I felt like everyone was really fair. They all have very strong opinions about food. I can respect that.

SK: Which contestant do you think deserves to win? Or who are you rooting for?

IT: I'm pulling for Amar. They are both extremely talented chefs and real good guys. Either one will deserve the win.

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SK: Who did you consider your biggest competition?

IT: I thought Kwame had the most amazing talent. He is going to do big things in this industry.

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SK: Was there anyone on the show you really clashed with? Who was it and why?

IT: No, I can get along with a rock. I consider myself friends with everybody there.

SK: Who is your favorite out of the judges and why?

IT: I don't think I have a favorite. Padma surprised me the most with her food knowledge. She has a great palate.

SK: Who do you think deserved to go home on last night’s episode?

IT: The judges thought Marjorie and I should have gone home, and we did. I have no regrets and I'm not going to try and take anything from Amar. He put out a great dish.

SK: What was the best experience you had on the show?

IT: Hands down, having a meal cooked by Hubert Keller and having wine poured by Emeril.

SK: What was the biggest challenge for you on the show?

IT: The last one was probably the biggest challenge because it was most out of my comfort zone. I don't use smoke and mirrors in my food. I'm a flavor first man.

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What did you think of Toups' elimination? Who do you think will win Top Chef? Let us know in the comments below.

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