What was your first big break on TV? How were you discovered?
"I was a guest on Food Network shows when the Food Network first started, like 12 years ago."
Was it your goal to be on TV?
"No. They needed chefs and guests and they had no money, so basically, they were using New York City chefs who could come by taxi."
Really? What were your first shows?
"I did a show called Chef du Jour, which was basically a week of a chef in front of a stove. They used Chef du Jour as basically an audition show. So that’s probably why they thought I could do the TV stuff."