Top Chef’s Alex “hurt” but has surprising reaction to criticism, says pea puree was his

Alex Reznik’s time on Top Chef DC finally came to an end last night, and the show lost its villain. But in a post-elimination interview, Alex sounds like the exact opposite of a villain, and is surprisingly mature about and even unconcerned about the way he was edited and the accusations made against him. It’s quite impressive.

First, as to the allegedly stolen pea puree, Alex told TV Guide, “It brought a lot of fun and drama. It’s good for the show because viewers get engaged. With that being said, all I can honestly say is I cooked all my food. I went on the show to showcase my talent and culinary skills. Maybe the show skewed that. At no time during the show did I know the pea puree was an issue and that people were accusing me of stealing something.”

As to the other chefs’ accusations and comments about him, Alex said, “I was hurt because I consider them friends. I really felt bad for my mom and dad. They take it to heart. Me, I understood it was a TV show and know the stress they could have been under at the time. … After the taping, some of them have called and apologized and we’re really good friends.”

And if that’s not enough to make you reconsider him, Alex said he should have gone home last night and “the judges made the right choice. I had a bad day and lost focus. … The judges always are spot-on. They know what they’re talking about. So whenever any says, ‘The judges were this or that,’ all I’ll say is when it comes to what’s in front of them, they know. You can’t fool them.”

Top Chef’s Alex: I Didn’t Steal Ed’s Pea Puree [TV Guide]

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