Three Colorado chefs started out on the season premiere ofTop Chef Seattle last week, and two moved on. But Euclid Hall's Jorel Pierce was out, booted by Tom Colicchio. And how did that feel?
"While the pressure was intense and intimidating," Pierce says, "I know now that I learned a lot about myself and why I do what I do, and it's an experience that's helped me to recenter my purpose in cooking and my goals and motives in the kitchen -- to be progressive and thoughtful and playful and to inspire people both on my staff and the people who walk in the doors expecting something different. For me, it's about the thought-provoking aspect of cooking, and it was kind of frustrating for me that I couldn't be thoughtful or playful with the tasks that Tom gave me -- I couldn't create. Instead, he asked me to do a routine thing -- cutting a chicken -- that I do my way, and he does his way. That said, I don't know who died and made him the fucking be-all and end-all of butchering chickens..." See also: - Euclid Hal's Jorel Pierce on being booted from Top Chef Seattle - Chef and Tell: Euclid Hall's Jorel Pierce - Tyler Wiard meets Tom Colicchio, his "celebrity chef who needs to shut up"
I wouldn't put too much stock in what Tom Colicchio thinks about your food, Jorel. He's so rich probably hasn't so much as microwaved a burrito in five years.
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In his Chef and Tell interview, Tyler Wiard wasn't too fond of Tom Colicchio either, proclaiming him the "celebrity chef who needed to shut up." Will Wiard survive week two? Find out at 8 p.m. Wednesday on Bravo.