And we’re back with our weekly Top Chef eliminee Q&A. If you haven’t seen these before, please do not continue reading until you’ve watched the episode. I’m not here to ruin your Friday, and I sure as hell am not here to spoil the show for you.
For those still around, let’s get to it.
First off, fellow Sheldon Simeon fans, are you also in mourning? I purposely wore black today because I’m still not 100 percent after watching our fave cheftestant get kicked off the show again, finishing in third place yet again. Damn, and here I thought he’d make it all the way! Yes, it’s fantastic to see two women as the final two, and yes, Brooke Williamson and Shirley Chung absolutely deserve to be the final two. But that doesn’t mean we’re not all Williamson right now:
Or Padma Lakshmi:
Or friggin’ Tom Colicchio for that matter!
See, everyone’s bummed about this. Not a dry eye in America right now.
But let’s get to it, shall we? Without further ado, Simeon’s Q&A…
SheKnows: Were you surprised by your elimination?
Sheldon Simeon: A little bit. Although it was my worst showing of the season and I knew that I screwed up on my fish, I hoped that the judges would see the effort and creativity I put into the dish as a whole.
SK: What was it like working with all the judges on the show? Who’s the most intimidating?
SS: I enjoyed it. We experienced a lot of things together. I’m always excited to see them, and I have nothing but the utmost respect for all of the judges. I never thought any of them were intimidating; I was more stoked at the opportunity to cook for them and excited to see their reactions to my food.
SK: Which contestant do you think deserves to win? Or who are you rooting for?
SS: All of the chefs are super talented.
SK: Who did you consider your biggest competition?
SS: Myself. From the beginning, it was always a competition against myself.
SK: Was there anyone on the show you really clashed with? Who was it and why?
SS: Nobody. I’ve never been into drama.
SK: What’s one thing that happened behind the scenes that viewers didn’t get to see on the show?
SS: Viewers didn’t get to see that the main source of nutrition were gummy fruit snacks. Also, I had some leftover pesos after shopping for ingredients for the last quickfire in Mexico, and on my way back, I gave the rest to kids playing in the streets.
SK: Who do you think deserved to go home on last night’s episode?
SS: Not me.
SK: What was the best experience you had on the show?
SS: The walk from the kitchen of Edna Lewis to where we served the judges and guests. There was just something beautiful about the beauty of the place that brought out emotions tied to my mom and grandma.
SK: What was the biggest challenge for you on the show?
SS: Dealing with my back injury. I really thought I was going home in the BBQ episode. Grinding it out knowing that I was hurt and finally deciding to ask to get treatment for it was a huge challenge.
SK: Who’s your favorite Top Chef contestant of all time and why?
SS: Paul Qui. I was super inspired by a fellow Filipino even before he came on the show and then watched him kill it.
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