I caught up with Hosea this morning from his home in Boulder, Colo., where he's executive chef at Jax Fish House. They’re going to be expanding, so I’m going to be working with them now.
We talked Stefan's big ego, what he hated about being on the Bravo show and, of course, his and Leah's infamous kiss.
Hosea insists that right now he and Leah are good friends and that they considered dating but won’t because they live so far apart.
Hosea asks for support for cancer research on behalf of his dad.
Is Stefan as egotistical and self-confident as he appeared on the show? He won the majority of the challenges, and he proved himself to be top seed out of the group. What people don’t see are all the times we’re getting along, and when we’re in the apartment together we’re totally joking around. It’s like if you’re playing one-on-one basketball with a friend of yours, you’re talking smack and you’re knocking each other over. If you had to go to the bathroom, you had to ask to go to the bathroom.
But I threw him a curveball, and he knocked it out of the park. All three of us did great with that first course, so it didn’t actually give me advantage at all, but it just was more funny than anything else. I've talked to other cheftestants about that—about how that really drove them crazy. It was the restrictions that we have, and the fact that we can’t leave and we can’t use the phone without permission.
I think some people's proteins were overcooked and not what they were supposed to be.
Stefan overcooked his salmon, but he wasn't going to go home because he's been killing it the entire competition." But he really did a good job with that curve ball thrown at him.I know I wouldn't be able to handle it if I only had one hand. If Internet and critics' chatter is the true barometer, we should have been congratulating Stefan or Fabio last night. Well, he as self-confident as he appears on the show. He’s a Northern European chef with a big attitude and a lot of skills. We don’t work with the same attitude, but I will not deny that his food is amazing and that he is a very skilled chef. But it’s not hurtful, and what Stefan and I had, we don’t dislike each other. If he didn’t consider me a threat, he wouldn’t have said anything about me, and vice versa. But it was Hosea who was crowned the winner, beating out runner-ups Stefan and Carla during the final elimination round in New Orleans. I’m also involved in a company now that does prepared foods, and they’ve got a line that’s in Whole Foods. Having a chunk of change definitely helps when you need a little free time. No, but I’m kinda in and out and eventually something might have to change, because as the executive chef in a restaurant, if you’re only there two days a week you’re not really running your kitchen anymore. Leah: It was probably the most annoying thing that I've ever experienced. I didn't really get used to it until about midway through.