AE: Cool. OK, so to finish off this interview I have some rapid fire questions. Are you ready?
MK: [Laughs] Sure.
AE: Okay, favorite color?
MK: Blue. (Author’s note: Melissa redacted this answer post interview via tweet)
AE: Do you prefer breakfast or dinner food?
MK: Breakfast. All the way, breakfast. I love breakfast food.
AE: Good call. Which Top Chef challenge was the most difficult?
MK: I think the team challenges. A lot of the team challenges just, you know, having a bunch of chefs in one kitchen- everybody kind of has their own opinion on what’s right and what’s wrong, and then you end up kind of clashing. [laughs]
AE: You can only cook one dish for the rest of your life—what is it?
MK: Like, to eat? Or just to cook?
AE: Oh, um, I didn’t really think that through. I’ll let you choose.
MK: If it’s one food to eat for the rest of my life- I love burgers. I am sold on a burger every time I go to a bar or a restaurant. Something to cook for the rest of my life? I love cooking fish. I love butchering it, I love cooking it. Everything about seafood and fish—I’m totally into.
AE: Do you prefer wine or beer?
MK: Beer, all the way. I’m a beer girl.
AE: Which fancy kitchen gadget could you not live without?
MK: Vitamix blender.
AE: How do you feel about snapbacks?
MK: About what?
AE: The hats, like snapback hats.
MK: [Laughs] I don’t even know what that is.
AE: They’re like, you know, I wish I had a picture to show you. Like, you know the really lesbian hats?
MK: Oh, like the flat-billed kind of hats?
AE: Yeah, yeah, yeah, yeah.
MK: Ooooh, um, I’m not into them. It kind of reminds me of Oakland.
AE: Hmm, OK. You might lose some lesbian fans there, but that’s fine.
MK: [Laughs] They’re gonna hate me!
AE: [Laughs] It’s OK. Do you have a favorite musical artist?
MK: Not really an all time favorite, but I have a few artists that I love like: the Yeah Yeah Yeahs, Future Islands, Lykke Li, Phantogram- I’m just totally into indie bands.
AE: Good answer. OK, I know you have a girlfriend, but, hypothetically, would you date someone with a food restriction, like a vegetarian or someone who is gluten-free, or would that be too hard for you?
MK: I’ve done it before. It’s a little challenging, but I’d be open to it.
AE: Last but not least, is Padma as wonderful and glorious in person as she is on TV?
MK: Padma is incredible. She’s really just a genuine, very friendly, down to earth woman. Gorgeous in real life, like, more than what you see on TV.
AE: That’s amazing.
MK: Yeah, I’m so impressed with how much she can eat, too. Like, girl can throw down. She’s really cool.
AE: Well, that’s all I’ve got for you! Thank you so much for taking the time to talk with me. I seriously wish you the best of luck in the finale. So much luck.
MK: Thank you so much. I really enjoyed this interview, and thank you for writing such amazing articles about us. We look forward to them every Thursday.
AE: Oh man, the pressure’s on. Now I’m nervous! Thanks again!
Catch Chef Melissa, and the rest of the Top Chef crew, tonight on Bravo at 9/8c.