Exclusive Interview With Rishi From Masterchef
Rishi Desai, the latest and most controversial Masterchef contestant to be eliminated, showed he was all class in my interview with him. In fact he was so classy I could not bring myself to ask him why when we had been subjected to Daniel topless so many times why had we not had similar shots of himself.
We talked about what happened in the elimination challenge, his very bright future, and whether he should have been eliminated.
Reality Ravings: How do you feel about the social media sphere and the twittersphere going into meltdown over your elimination?
Rishi Desai: I have not actually looked at it but I have heard from people that it has gone crazy, I have not looked at any comments or anything. It’s weird, I did not think it would be a big issue.
RR: There is all sort of fear and loathing about Masterchef going on today. I was sad you left and I think 90 percent of my readers were as well. What happened?
RD: It’s hard, you know you could have done better like cooking the mussels before serving and making the charred leek cream was a bit of a gamble. I look back on it and I can learn from it and I could have done it better.
RR: Gary came over and hinted to not put the leek sauce on there and why did you?
RD: For my palate it was not that bad. It was a bit charry and that point I was getting confused about what he was trying to tell me not to put on the plate. Was it because it was charry or because it was not going to work. When I tasted it I thought it was not that bad and that is why I put it on the plate. Matt put it in the right way saying the overpowering charriness of the leek cream was overpowering everything else on the plate.
RR: The first challenge, you had all those advantages last night. You knew you were going to pick seafood why did you pick Emma when Lynton and Samira a much weaker in that area?
RD: Lynton has improved a lot. Now that I am not in the competition I am putting my money on Lynton to win as he has actually learnt a lot and he is getting better and better, so I was not going to pick him. It did cross my mind after the challenge, and hindsight is always a good thing, that I should have picked Samira. I should have went with something like Japanese cuisine which should have thrown her off completely.
RR: I am glad that it did not happen but a lot of people were saying pick Samira and pick pork. Were you told by the producers that you were not able to pick pork?
RD: No I was not told by the producers that I was not able to pick pork. They did not show it on TV but I did tell Samira and the judges that I was not going pick pork as she just could not cook with it.
RR: If it is was an American reality show you know they would have picked pork, they have no hesitation on throwing people under buses over there.
RD: If she can’t cook something she can’t cook pork and I can’t force her to make pork. Of course I wanted Samira to go home as I wanted to get into the top 3. But my intention was to get into the top 3 with my capability and not somebodies fault.
RR: You cooked your mussels early is that because you thought I am going to plate up early and it does not matter as the food gets cold or did you just have a brain explosion?
RD: I went by a process, my mind works in a certain way and my mind just jots down what needs to be done. So for the mussels soup, my mind was mussels – tick, curry sauce – tick, flat bread – tick . So I now think about it and I should have changed the order a bit making the curry sauce first, flat bread second and mussels third. But as you said 30 minutes is not a long time and all you are thinking about is getting things done. You are not going to think about what is going to happen if I cook the mussels now.
RR: I was going to write an article to publish today, and I am glad I did not start writing it – titled Is Rishi Going To Be The Most Successful Masterchef Winner Ever? [Laughs]. What are you plans? Masterchef is huge in India as over 5% of my readers come from there when the show is on. When does it start airing over there?
RD: It is going to start airing on the 10 September. My plans are in some point in time when the show airs is to go there and visit people and try and get some publicity there. At the end of the day that is my home country. My mum and sister are still there. I plan to go there to meet and talk to people. One of the things I want to do is have a book and if I can sell the book and get some publicity for that.
RR: You said you were interested in doing a product range as well. However I presume you will make money out of cooking exhibitions, media appearances in both here and overseas.
RD: I plan to do some pop up restaurants here and in India and get some publicity here and overseas.
RR: I think you will be the winner from this series and make a lot of money. You are going to be huge there you’ve got the look, the personality and the cooking skills. I look forward to watching your journey in reality TV speak!
RR: Should you have been eliminated last night or was it unfair?
RD: For me I failed on two things, I failed on the mussels and I failed on the leek cream. If you think about it that way I think it was my dishes that sent me home. But for people thinking that there could be some producer hand in it. I say to them the simple fact is I gave them the option to send me home and it was my mistake. If I had put up great dishes they would not have been able to send me home.
RR: Would you go on another reality TV show and if so which one.
RD: I would not at this point as I am still tired and maybe if you asked me in six months I would probably answer that differently. I am so tired of 5 1/2 months of Masterchef and I don’t have the energy to go on another reality TV show. I just want to spend sometime with my family. Maybe I will change my mind in the future.
RR: So maybe some Bollywood numbers next year on Dancing With The Stars.
RD: [laughs] I look forward to that.