Jenna Johansen talks frankly about her boot from Around the World in 80 Plates
Lori Midson Jenna Johansen's culinary tour on Around the World in 80 Plates came to an end last night.
It's been several months since Bravo's Around the World in 80 Plates was filmed in cities spanning the globe, but the memories for hometown chef and contestant Jenna Johansen, who made it through seven countries -- and countless challenges -- before she was given the boot in last night's Thailand episode (despite the fact that her dish, papaya salad, enthralled McDang, Thailand's most lauded chef), are still crystal clear.
Johansen, whom the other chefs annoyingly called "annoying," insists that she didn't deserve the ax: "I don't feel like I should be the one going home tonight, and I'm disappointed about that," she reflected after fellow contestant John Vermiglio cast the deciding vote to send her packing from Chiang Mai. "I don't know how I ended up here, but when I came on to this competition, I thought this would be an adventure, and I thought that there would be a lot more cooking, and now I realize it's a definitely a game more than a culinary competition, and that's a little disappointing to me, because now I see that there's a chance that the person who wins this may not be the best chef. I'm taking this personally, for sure," she added.
Johansen can't reveal who wins the $150,000 prize, but now that's she's home -- and busy with a full plate of local culinary adventures, including a Heart of Italy feast this Sunday night at Pizza Republica alongside owner-chef George Eder (seats are $99 each, and reservations are still available by calling 720-489-2030) -- she can talk openly about her experiences on the show. And in the following exit interview, she weighs in on why she deserved to win, who should be the next chef to go, and who she thinks will be the last one standing.