Today we profiled North Carolina native Darryl Pierce, who is a contestant this season on the new Fox show "MasterChef." If you haven't done so already, take a look at the profile because we think he's a pretty remarkable guy and he should be an interesting addition to "MasterChef's" contestant pool.
Here's a bit more from our interview with Pierce. Find out which roommate he got stuck with during taping and what he really thinks of celebrity judges Gordon Ramsay, Graham Elliot Bowles, and Joe Bastianich.
WARM TV: So, you got Dave from Boston as your roommate? I'm so sorry. What was that like?
PIERCE: [Laughter] Dave Miller from Boston is an interesting character. The number one thing people will notice right away is that Dave doesn't have an "off" button. Anyone who knows me will tell you I am a big, bold personality, maybe too loud and maybe too much. So imagine my surprise and dismay when I'm living with Dave and I'm the quiet person for the first time in my life! The problem is, even though he can be too much, he's at the core a good guy. If he were a bad guy, it'd be easy to hate him. But he's just so much and in your face and bombastic and loud. Not surprisingly, Dave makes for good TV.
WARM TV: Ramsey is pretty abusive on "Hell's Kitchen" but in the auditions for "MasterChef," at least so far, he seems nicer. Is he going to be screaming and cursing on "MasterChef" this season like he does on "Hell's Kitchen?"
PIERCE: I think viewers will see a very different Gordon Ramsay than they see on "Hell's Kitchen." He's always going to have strong opinions, but you don't see as much cussing or the abrasiveness on "MasterChef." He took into consideration that we're all amateurs and on all his other shows ["Hell's Kitchen" "Kitchen Nightmares"] he's dealing with professional chefs. Not that he's lowered his standards for us, but he wanted to help us and have us learn from him. He really never took it easy on us, but he tried to build us up when possible. And as people get to know Joe Bastianich, I'll agree that he does make Gordon Ramsay look warm and cuddly. He's the show's Simon Cowell.
WARMTV: Does Bastianich have any expression other than that blank stare?
PIERCE: No, no other expression. He couldn't look less interested or more disgusted. Even when he's saying nice things, it's that blank stare. When he's upset, blank stare. I don't know what moves his needle. He just has that steely glare.
WARMTV: What about Bowles?
PIERCE: I love chef Graham Elliot and I think America is going to love him as well. He's kind of the Paula Abdul of the series. He's just as nice as itgets. He's this big cuddly teddy bear kind of guy. Even if he doesn't like your food, he tries to start with something good. He's just very encouraging and he says things that make you feel like you belong there.