Did you watch the previous seasons of Top Chef?
Yes, I had a chance to see a good deal of season 3. I was rooting for Mary Sue Miliken to take it all.
Did you do anything to prepare for the competition?
Yes, I researched other cuisines outside of my comfort zone to better round me as a chef.
If you could go back, is there anything that you would do differently?
I'm happy about what I made and I followed the rules of the challenge. I gave my full effort to make food that could be served on an Indian buffet.
Have you ever cooked Indian food before?
No, but I enjoy eating it. I would go every week after yoga for a long time.
Did you watch the episode?
I got a chance to see some of it at the premiere party at the Cosmopolitan in Las Vegas.
Tell us about your restaurant.
Suenos is a progressive Mexican restaurant that has the warmth of returning home. From the decor, to the selection of tequilas, to the tortilla lady, working a comal in the main dining room. The menu reflects my understanding of the country's regional diversity. At Suenos, chiles are celebrated with their own prix-fixe tasting menu.
When you arrived at the Top Chef kitchen, who did you feel would be your biggest competition?
Chris Cosentino was in my mind my biggest competitor. Aside from being a great chef, he had more television competition experience than all of the chefs combined.
Have you remained in touch with any of the other chefs?
Yes, of course, especially, Mark & Clark, Missy, Patricia, Kerry, Debbie, and Takashi.
Have you participated in any other cooking competitions?
Yes, Iron Chef America and a season on "Go Ahead Make My Dinner" that aired on The Discovery Network with host Mark Silverstein and competitors Josh De Chellis, Galen Zamara, Stanley Wong, Matt Hamilton & Michael Schulson.
What do you like to do in your spare time?
I don’t have much spare time but when I do, I prefer to be outdoors. I like to do anything outside from sitting in a park, to hiking or fishing. Another favorite is to go out to dinner with my boyfriend who is also a chef.
Posted on AllTopChef.com