DessertBuzz: So you have to be one of the contenders for fan favorite and the $10,000 that comes with it.
Zac Young: I don’t think I am!
DB: Come on, who else would they vote for?
ZY: Yigit! He takes his shirt off! Nobody wants to see me with my shirt off!
DB: Don’t be so sure.
ZY: There are a lot of great people on the show who could win it. I voted for Eric for fan favorite actually.
DB: He really came off as being friends with everyone.
ZY: Eric also had a great progression too. In his last episode, when he came back and he was like “I’m a chef! I’m a chef!” – I was watching that episode and I was crying all over again – Eric just has the biggest heart in the world.
DB: Were you happy with your TCJD outing? Would you come back for the All Stars or something else if they invited you?
ZY: I would definitely do it again knowing what I know now.
DB: For example, let’s say in January they say they are going to do another show– what would you do differently to prepare?
ZY: I would start memorizing my recipes now! And maybe brush up on my cakes! [loud laghter].
DB: So there’s this big practical element to the competition, memorizing recipes, that most viewers probably never think about?
ZY: Yeah, my strategy going on the show was to memorize a lot of bases. So I had a base mousse, a base ice cream a couple of base cake recipes and then I just kind of flavored them all as I went along.
DB: Do you think the TCJD experience added to you as a chef or as a person?
ZY: Oh definitely, everyone had so many different styles – and we did so many different things. I picked up tricks and learned from every single contestant, I even picked up some stuff from Seth.
DB: Can we expect to see some of this new stuff on the menu at Flex Mussels?
ZY: Yes of course!
DB: Are a lot of people stoping by at Flex Mussels to meet you?
ZY: People are stopping by! They’re stopping me on the street, talking to me during dinner! It’s weird man! I mean, I cook! As I said in my extended exit interview, it’s nice to know that people like me and that I can cook. Going into the show I wasn’t sure if I had gotten to where I am because of my personality or because I’m good at networking or becasue I actually had something to back it up. And I think the result of the show has shown that I can cook. I think initially the other contestants thought “he’s just here for his personality” then after the first elimination where I was in top three, people said “crap, he can cook too!”
DB: What’s next for Zac Young–anything new in the works?
ZY: The next step is a donut shop. We are opening a donut shop as part of the Flex Mussells franchise. There will be more on that soon.
DB: Erik said he was rooting for Morgan. Who are you rooting for in the final?
ZY: I’m rooting for Yigit. My brother.
DB: Well, best of luck with the fan favorite–
ZY: - It’s being announced on my birthday!
DB: Wow, that’s pressure.
ZY: I know. It’s really the only thing I want for my birthday – maybe that and a pony.
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Go here for an interview with contestant Eric Wolitzky from New York’s Baked bakery.
Go here for an interview with Dannielle Kyrillos.
For a recap of episode 9 go here.
For a recap of episode 8 go here.
For a recap of episode 7 go here.
For a recap of episode 6 go here.
For a recap of episode 5 go here.
For a recap of episode 4 go here.
For a recap of episode 3 go here.
For a recap of episode 2 go here.
For a recap of episode 1 go here.
Go here for a look at Johnny Iuzzini.
Official Bravo Bios for the judges: Johnny Iuzzuni – Executive Pastry Chef Jean Georges, Hubert Keller – Owner/Chef Fleur De Lys, Gail Simmons – Food and Wine Magazine, Dannielle Kyrillos – Daily Candy
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