The only Houstonian on Top Chef Texas: Bryan Caswell dishes on blue venison &his future as a master Chef
Since Top Chef: Most of Texas has been studiously ignoring Houston (and occasionally making us cringe with Lone Star stereotypes and picky Dallas socialites) we have been more or less ignoring the show.
So color us surprised that Wednesday night's hunting-centric episode, "Game On," included a guest-judging cameo from Houston's own Bryan Caswell. Caswell caught up with CultureMap for a quick recap on filming and being Houston's only ambassador to Top Chef: Texas.
CultureMap: It must have been fun to film with your friend Tim Love.
Bryan Caswell: Tim actually called me first. He said, "Hey you want to come up here and do this for an afternoon?" I'm also good friends with Jon and Vinny and Chris, so it was a good excuse to get together with them. And I get to be on TV too, which is always fun.
CM: So did you really pick your protein? How did it feel to watch your venison team get eliminated?
BC: With the meat it was a little bit of both, but they really wanted each chef to have a protein they were familiar with. The biggest thing I told them with venison is not to overcook it, and then they just went too far the other way.
You know, you feel a little bad. I want them to win, but I was the first to say that it was undercooked. I had to, it was obvious. It was blue.
You know, you feel a little bad. I want them to win, but I was the first to say that it was undercooked. I had to, it was obvious. It was blue. It was a really hard challenge though, Tim's kitchen was incredibly hot and small, with a bunch of people in there trying to cook.
BC: Being the guest judge is the least pressure, for sure. There's really not a lot to it, it's most comfortable, you just sit back and see what happens.
CM: So it looks like you might be the only person representing Houston on Top Chef this season. How does that feel? Does it bother you?
BC: The entire time I was there talking to people doing the show, I was constantly like, "You guys made a big mistake, you should have gone to Houston." That was the first thing out of my mouth. I know all the reasons why, I think they made a huge mistake by not going but it was done by the time I got there. Am I happy I was on the show? Yeah. At the time I had no idea.
CM: Does this mean the next step is Bryan Caswell on Top Chef Masters?
BC: You know what, I don't know. I don't know if I want to do another show. It just takes a lot out of you, I was filming The Next Iron Chef for six weeks, and I dont know if I have the time. But it would be an honor.