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Here's this week's installment of Slashfood's exclusive exit interviews with the latest "Top Chef All-Stars" contestant to get the boot. In an effort to prevent spoilers, we've included the text after the jump. Nobody wanted to say goodbye to the nicest chef in the Top Chef kitchens, but our "Hootie-Hoo" sweetheart Carla Hall had to go after serving the judges undercooked pork with an apple chip that everyone agreed was just too sweet. Read about why she thinks this season was like summer camp, and why she likes to be approached by fans.
How do you feel about going out on that dish yesterday?
It wasn't a good dish. I won't defend it. I won't speak for it. I just..ugh, yeah.
Were you rattled by having to do your cooking all over again after the kitchen fire? We were going to the grocery store somewhere around midnight. It was crazy. It's hard, and the thing is that just to make it through that you have to be so focused and so present, and I have to say that Mike and Richard -- they were were focused. It was evident in their dishes. And I wasn't. I would rather go home knowing I did a really good job.
Everyone has said how much fun they had this season. Did you feel the same way?
Yeah, it felt like camp. It felt like a Top Chef camp. The producers really did an amazing job of really going out of their way to have interesting challenges. Great challenges, very few challenges happened in the Top Chef kitchen. I mean, we were always out and about and sometimes that's very hard, but it made for interesting challenges. It made for a lot of fun. Especially the challenge on the boat-it was really fun. Even going to Rao's -- it was a small kitchen but it felt like you were someplace that you would never get to see otherwise.
No one seemed to want to stir up drama in All-Stars.
I think every single chef was supportive and warm. The thing is, we have our personalities in everyday life and then we have our work personalities and sometimes we get very intense. And people see me in the kitchen sometimes and ask if I'm upset and I have to tell them no, I'm just focused. Because we really want to do a good job and we're very passionate about what we do. But the chefs were very giving and just sharing their craft which I think being a chef is about. You're a teacher, and that's what was really fun and amazing about this group of chefs. Everyone was awesome and talented.
You come off as extremely likeable in the show. Do you get approached a lot by fans?
I love talking to people. When they stop me they always say "sorry to bother you" but it's really not a bother. I treat the 1,000th person the same as the first person. I take the time to appreciate people. I don't take it for granted at all.
- Read our interview with the previous chef eliminated.
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