Euclid Hall's Jorel Pierce on being booted from Top Chef Seattle
What's your greatest disappointment?
Getting cut the first day was really hard. But I felt the same way that Tom did -- that I'm a good chef, but maybe just not good at this whole competitive thing. You can be a great cook, but not a good fit. I've done the same thing that Tom did to me to two dozen others. I get it.
When you were eliminated, you simply thanked Colicchio and walked off with your knives. What did you really want to say?
Thanks for the opportunity -- now go watch chicken butchery videos on YouTube videos and fuck yourself.
What happened once you were kicked off the show?
I went back to my hotel room, drank a couple of whiskeys, and kind of stomped around, verbally abusing myself, but I didn't break anything. At least I can go back to Euclid and cook and be back at home with my wife.
What's the feedback been like since your elimination?
It's been oddly positive. Everyone at Euclid still supports me, and I'm still proud of myself. You can't lose without trying to win. I can say that I tried, and I don't mind being just one of 21 chefs being cast on the show; I feel pretty good about that.
Who from Denver would you nominate to be on a future season of Top Chef?
I'd like to see chef Jen or Max MacKissock. They would both crush it, and as far as young guys go, I think Hunter Pritchett from Luca, or Blake Edmunds from the Squeaky Bean, would both do really well.
Any parting words?
To Denver, family and my crew -- I love you guys, and thanks for being so supportive. I love what I do, and I'll continue to do it. And to Tom Colicchio: We'll see each other again.