“MasterChef” is back!
Thanks to the Summer Olympics taking over much of the past two weeks, it’s been a while since we have seen the largest amateur cooking competition in America — but on Tuesday, the contest is going to resume once again with all-new episodes featuring the remaining six contestants.
Before we get to that, though, we want to take a look back at what happened with the most recently-eliminated chef of the season in Felix Fang. We had a chance to talk with her recently not only about her exit, but also about the toughest part of the reality TV experience and what she is up to now.
Cartermatt.com – Were you a big fan of the show, and did that help you prepare for what to expect when it came to the challenges and the judges?
Felix Fang – I definitely watched [a lot of it], but it did not prepare me for it in any way. (Laughs.)
Is any one judge more intimidating there than the others? I know from our perspective Graham [Elliot] comes across as the nice one, while Joe [Bastianich] is clearly the one who can be the hardest on the contestants.
Chef Ramsay is always super-honest with us, but when we’re not filming he is [rather nice]. I think on the show, I would have to say strangely enough I was the most intimidated by Graham, mostly because he is so nice that if he doesn’t like something that you bring up, you know it’s almost like disappointing your dad.
What was a harder experience for you this season — was it your elimination cooking a dessert with corn in it, or trying to deal with that team challenge involving cooking breakfast at the hotel?
It was definitely my elimination, just because of the fall [that comes after it]. You are in that world for [several weeks]. You’re in sequester, you really don’t have any connection with the outside world … you are living, breathing, and thinking ‘MasterChef.’ And then you get dumped. In coming back into the real world, it was strange — sometimes I’ll cry for no reason. (Laughs.) It’s just the regret! It’s the ‘what could I have done?’ or ‘I hate corn.’ There were all sorts of things that I could have done.
But I would do it again in a heartbeat, just for the experience of it … All the friends I made on the show, getting the opportunity to work with the judges, it’s definitely worth the three to four weeks of [stress].
Were you worried at all about the reality TV aspect of the show, or dealing with so many other people?
I think that all went really naturally. I think for me the hardest part was doing the interviews after the challenges … Our interviewers would definitely probe us with questions or things that they want to get out of you. like ‘who do you want to see going home?’
I think in the end, we all took it with a grain of salt and humor and said ‘hey, we’ll say what we gotta say,’ but at the end of the day we all love each other. Nobody gets offended, and everyone knows that things can be edited or taken out of context.
Since you’re all good friends, this may be a tough question — did you think that you deserved to go home over Josh, since he also struggled with this challenge?
I really felt like when I was the girl in the bottom three, they weren’t going to send home another guy. Then there would only be two guys left — and that’s my own explanation for it. Plus, I didn’t think they would send Josh out, because they just brought him back. Maybe I just need more dessert skills.
So now that you’ve had this experience, what’s next for you?
I’m really excited about what’s to come next. I’ve started doing a little bit of catering — I just did my first party for 40 people … I’ve [also] had some offers hat I’m trying to sort to sort out.
Thanks again to Felix for chatting with us, and remember — “MasterChef” returns to Fox with new episodes Tuesday night at 9:00 p.m. Eastern — right after the new Gordon Ramsay series in “Hotel Hell.”