June 09, 2010 02:30 PM by Lisa Princ
Last night on Hell’s Kitchen on FOX we all watched as Andrew Forster walked off the set, never to return. Forster was only the second contestant in seven seasons to leave and not come back, despite J.P.’s best attempts to get him back. We had a chance to sit down with Andrew Forster today and hear what he had to say about why he didn’t come back and what the future holds for him. Keep reading for all the details!
So we had the chance to sit down and talk with Andrew Forster one on one today and what I thought was going to be a normal interview turned into a bash Gordon Ramsay and Hell’s Kitchen fest on his part, not mine. While I did manage to get a few questions in, you can judge for yourself whether or not he is bitter from being thrown out.
RTVM: So tell us about your unexpected departure last night, was it a shock to you?
Andrew Forster: It was unexpected to you but not to me. What did upset me was that I was pulled out into the dining room in front of everyone. Gordon Ramsay comes off as this big tough guy, and says he is a man of convictions and a man of his words..he is nothing but a liar. So I turned my back and walked out with my head held high. I have no regrets, and I was not about to walk back in there as I have too much self worth, which is something no one can take away from me. When J.P. started telling me about how many people wanted to be in my shoes, I took my shoes off and left them there for anyone who wanted to fill them. I didn’t learn anything from Gordon Ramsay and I know most people see him as this “God” of cooking, but I see him as a regular man, the same as the rest of us. Oh, I am sorry I did learn that I need to be mindful of how I speak to people. It would have happened eventually, whether on episode two or ten, I would have had enough and walked out so I am glad it happened now.
RTVM: Certainly you must have expected something like this from watching past seasons of Hell’s Kitchen?
Andrew Forster: I have never watched a single minute of Hell’s Kitchen. I don’t own a television and have not watched any television in about seven years. I didn’t even know about the show, a friend pushed me into the audition and I was shocked when I got accepted. I vowed I would not watch the show because I wanted to go in there not knowing what to expect. If I had watched the show prior I would have denied the chance to get in. I did make some friends there, and I have nothing negative to say about any of the contestants there. I hope Ed makes it very far, he is very knowledgeable. They try to get you to say bad things about others on the show, and I refused to do that. I have to say I was also disappointed in the way they portrayed me on the show for slaughtering my own animals. What’s the difference if I use my own meat or store bought meat? I am not some heartless person, no one sees me joyfully playing with the animals either, so they should not pass judgement.
Andrew Forster:And while we are at it, there is no way I would ever go to England.
RTVM: That was my next question.
Andrew Forster: Again, there is no way I would go there to be Chef Ramsay’s executive puppet, because that is exactly what it is, not chef just a puppet. I wouldn’t want any of their prizes, even if I did win I
would have donated all of the money. I am a positive person, and at the end of the day when I lay my head on my pillow I know I have been the best man that I could possibly be. Everyone has struggles in life, but it is how we handle them that defines who we are. Gordon Ramsay is nothing more than a control freak, he controls people with fear and that is the weakest form of control.
RTVM: So what is next for you?
Andrew Forster: Working on my farm, I am getting 55 chickens in next week and some more dirt that I am excited about [chuckles]. I am also planning on opening my own establishment. I refuse to work for anyone else but myself. I already have a business plan so it’s just a matter of getting the ball rolling.
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