I had no idea what to expect with this competition. The idea alone that I would be cooking on national television was absolutely nuts to me, but there I was.
I remember the day starting really early, around 7:30am. The other contestants and I got to meet and know one another before we actually started the competition. I was up against a Chef from New Jersey, Canada, and Los Angelas. For whatever reason for a situation as nerve racking as what I was about to get myself into, I was calmer than I thought I'd be.
Since the airing of the show, a lot of folks have asked me about how was the experience in real life compared to what is actually shown on television and for one, I can tell you that is as scripted. We truly had no clue as to what was in our baskets, and what makes the anxiety worse were the few takes we all had to do in front of our baskets.
Thank you to all of my friends, family and colleagues that showed support during my "Chili Cook-Off" episode!