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Exclusive MasterChef Interview: How Ryan Plays the Game

June 27, 2012 10:00 AM by Gina Hall

The MasterChef contestant everyone loved to hate finally got the axe, or the chopping knife so to speak. Want to get inside Ryan Umane’s head? Here’s what he had to say about the MasterChef experience and other contestants.

Ryan, known to many of us as “the guy who gave the live crab to a blind chick” was moved to try out for MasterChef after going to restaurants time and time again and finding the food to be “uninspired.”

He admits to being competitive (an understatement), but he found the auditions to be a daunting process. He recalls being one of the last to audition in New York City and running through the streets to get to the auditions on time with his hot dish.

When he arrived for the top 100 audition, he confesses he was nervous but “tried to put on a strong face for the judges.”

Ryan cites the military challenge to have been his favorite, describing it as an honor to serve those who serve the country…after we got past David Martinez and his shortcomings as a leader.” There’s the Ryan we’vc come to know on the TV.

One of the highlights of the whole experience for Ryan was speaking with the judges. “They opened my eyes to how to play the game, how to strategize.”

When asked exactly how he strategized, Ryan said, “well take Becky, she’s a food photographer. She likes her food to be attractive. So I assigned her the canned crab.  And Stacey is into the fresh, organic food. She got canned crab too…Cowboy Mike got fresh because I reasoned he’d never worked with it before.”

Yet, for all the effort, the strategizing backfired. How does he feel about the elimination? “A little frustrated. I let my anger get the best of me…I thought Monti was given a free pass and didn’t deserve it.”

“My anger exploded in my molten lava cake. Also I’m not much of a baker.”

As for what’s in store for Ryan next? “I’m looking to start up underground dinner parties in New York — hip, ultra-chic. I want to keep standards extremely high and serve amazing comfort food.” Hopefully just not lava cake.

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