Who: Jason Rivas, CEC, Chef de Cuisine
Restaurant: Vineyard Rose at South Coast Winery Resort & Spa
How long have you been with the Vineyard Rose: 5 years
When did you want to try out for “CHOPPED” : About 5 years ago when the show started I wanted to give a try. Then I met one of the past contenders about 2 years ago who passed along some info. So I gave it a shot again! A few months later I got a call.
The show was filmed in New York City , So we, my wife and 2 children travel across country for a mini Family Vacation.
What places did you check out while in town? Naturally we went and saw the empire state building, The view from the top is breath taking a must do while in NYC! Next my wife wanted to check out the Apple store on 5th avenue. I know apple store that that exciting but the whole building is pretty neat. Last but not least we took the kids to check out FAO Schwarz. Naturally every kid’s dream store.
So the day of filming? Nervous? : Yes! I just wanted to get cooking! They gave us the rundown of how things were going to go. “TV magic” But once they tell you “GO” you go .. There is no stopping just cook!
Where you only allowed to cook what was in the mystery basket? Or did you have access to your kitchen staples. : We had a limited pantry. So Garlic, Onions, spices, kitchen tools, they had it all. Well not everything but a good majority.
Did you do a wine pairing with the food? Or no time? To be honest, I thought I was going to be put in middle of those special shows – where everything had to be paired with wine as an extra twist – due to my back ground. However it was not. We had access to wine – CA wine of course I just didn’t use any… although there was plenty to contemplate what you could have done prior to judging.
Anything else that you found interesting about the show? : We had to be escorted all over the set. If I needed to use the restroom didn’t get to walk over there alone. Mainly because it’s an open set so they wanted to make sure we did not see any of the Mystery ingredients. I would hear “CHEF WALKING” and someone would run over and shut the doors.
Be sure to check out chef on the Food Network’s Chopped on November 26th! Check your local TV listing for times. To learn more about our unique Chef’s Table Dinner Click Here.