What did you do last night to celebrate?
The cast and judges all went out. Everyone got pretty wasted. I didn’t because I had to get up so early. I was a good boy.
How does it feel to know that this was a huge audience upset?
People that sit at home and hate on me don’t really understand what I’m going through. It’s a lot of pressure. Let’s put them in a kitchen to cook a meal in twenty minutes and see how they react. They say, "Oh he’s a bad guy." They’re not thinking correctly. I hope they change their mind when they see last night’s episode.
You seemed so humble last night. What was with all of the trash-talking?
[Casey and Dale] were there because they’re good. After watching the show, I saw that everyone did really well. I kind of had a change a heart.
You went to school with season-two runner-up Marcel Vigneron. Did he give you any tips?
He basically told me to be true to yourself; don’t go there trying to be friends. I’m going to take advice [on what to do next] from Bravo and my family. There are a lot of plans for me from Bravo and offers in Vegas and New York. I don’t want to reveal anything yet.
How do you feel now as the winner of a reality-TV show?
The reality is I feel the same. I’m just another person, a chef that won a cooking competition, not the king of the world or Brad Pitt. I walk down the street like a normal person, not shaking my ass.
How was it to hug Padma?
It was great. I’m sure half the men in America were jealous. I deserved it, no?