May 18, 2010 02:12 PM by Lisa Princ
If you tuned in last week to Top Chef Masters on Bravo, you watched as Jody Adams tearfully said goodbye after her elimination by the judges. We had a chance to sit down and talk to Jody about her experiences, her inspiration and what her future plans are. Keep reading for all the details!
RTVM: Can you tell us about your experience on Top Chef Masters?
Jody Adams: Where do I begin? It was a great experience and I was very sad to leave. You become attached, not only to the other chefs, but the entire crew on the set.
RTVM: Did you think you would be going home so early into the champions round?
Jody Adams: Starting out, I didn’t know what to expect. But after winning my first quickfire challenge, I knew I began to think that I could make it to the end. At the end of last week’s show, I didn’t know definitely that I was going home but I knew it was problematic and I burst into tears.
RTVM: It must have been a difficult challenge to work with these exotic foods that you have never worked with before?
Jody Adams: It wasn’t only the food itself, but the time crunch. We didn’t really have much of a chance to taste anything because of the time, although I did get a taste of Susan’s sea cucumber which was delicious. I had never cooked Geoduck before, but being from New England I knew how to handle clams, so I handled it like a clam. Then someone whispered in my ear not to cook it too long, as I was boiling it for a chowder and then I grilled other parts. The goat, I thought would be similar to lamb, but it seemed to take longer to cook although it could have been the oven not being hot enough, I had never cooked goat before.
RTVM: What was your favorite moment on Top Chef Masters?
Jody Adams: My favorite moment was the wedding and what we were doing. We were cooking for these two people who were committing to spend the rest of their lives together. The fact that we said what we would do, and came through and delivered it. Our team pulled it together and made that crazy cake [laughing]. Of course, I won which made it even better.
RTVM: What do you wish you could go back and do over?
Jody Adams: If I had to do something over, I would redo the goat and cook it longer.
RTVM: What inspired you to start cooking?
Jody Adams: My family. I grew up in a big family that was always surrounded by food. I’d traveled all over while growing up, tasting different cultures. It wasn’t until my college years though that I knew this is what I wanted. Food has always made me happy.
RTVM: Do you have any predictions for the winner of Top Chef Masters?
Jody Adams: No. If I knew what the challenge was going to be, maybe I could predict who would win. They are all great chefs and each with a specialty of their own. That’s why some have any easier time with certain challenges than others and vice versa.
RTVM: How much did you win for your charity on Top Chef Masters?
Jody Adams: I won a total of $17,500.00 for Partners in Health.
RTVM: What are you future plans?
Jody Adams: Well, everyone always thinks you start a restaurant and then publish a cookbook. Cookbooks are not as popular these days, in fact when I teach and I ask students where they get their recipes, they tell me from the internet. I would like to work on creating some sort of recipe platform for seasonal vegetables, whether it start as a blog and work into print, I am not sure.
RTVM: Is there anything else you would like to share with us?
Jody Adams:Actually, on Monday I am going to learn to properly cook a goat from a woman from Haiti. She watched me and said she could teach me how to cook a goat, I am looking forward to it.
RTVM: Is there anything you would like to tell your fans?
Jody Adams: Thank you for the support and routing for me. I actually had a restaurant full of people routing for me. Keep watching and thank you so much!
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