Jenna Johansen talks frankly about her boot from Around the World in 80 Plates
What happened once you were voted off? I went to a hotel, sat up all night and thought about everything. I didn't talk to anyone.
Who's the best chef left? Avery. She's the strongest chef there. She has an excellent palate, great technique, she's very focused in the kitchen, and I respect her cooking a lot.
Are you going to continue to watch the remaining episodes, and if so, who are you rooting for? I'll continue to watch the show, because I want to see what everyone else has to go through, and I'm rooting for Nicole Lou, because she had my back during the elimination in Thailand. Voting for someone else was a vote to keep me around...and she never talked shit about me.
If you had to do it all over again, what, if anything, would you do differently? I would have brought sneakers instead of chef clogs. I thought I was just gonna be cooking, so I brought my cooking shoes. And I would have strategized a little better. I just wanted to move on to the next country and cook the best food. But there were alliances, and when I had the opportunity to vote people off in Tuscany, I voted for Gary Walker, who I love, only because he had mostly worked the front-of-the-house, but I should have voted for John, who had a lot of experience in the kitchen. I wasn't a good strategist.
Who from Denver would you nominate to compete on a future season of Around the World in 80 Plates? Brendon Doyle from City O' City. He thinks outside the box, and he's really mastered the technique of deconstructing flavors. He's producing a lot of dishes that are traditionally meat-based, and he's great at turning those into amazing vegan and vegetarian dishes. That would come in handy. He also has a great palate, and I love his food.
Had you won the $150,000, what would you have done with it? I would have paid off our house and taken the whole family on vacation to wherever they want to go.
What's in the pipeline? Mark and I have a blog called The Last Thing We Ate that we're working on, I'm doing the whole festival circuit thing, plus Denver FIVE events and special dinners, and I have my sights set on getting back in the kitchen sooner rather than later. I don't now when that will be, but I'm looking forward to it. And Mark and I are getting married, sometime within the next year for sure.