Tracey Bloom didn’t need to harness psychic powers to predict her loss on Wednesday’s ‘Top Chef,’ she appeared to know it as soon as she tasted everyone else’s dishes. “Everyone’s is good,” she said of her fellow chef’testants BBQ creations. “Better than mine.” The Hotlanta resident had just finished making a batch of cold gazpacho when we caught her on the phone to chat about Wednesday’s results, how she’s augmented her diet since the show, and why she has a thing for bandannas.
You seemed pretty resigned to your fate, even before you were called back in. Was that your psychic powers at play?
[Laughs] It wasn’t. I never use my psychic ability to foresee my own future. I had some hiccups along the way in prep time for the event and one thing after another – it sort of snow balled. I was really trying to figure out what to do. I had some grinder issues. I ran out of time, and I wasn’t gonna have time to stuff the sausage, so I had to figure out, ‘Hey, what am I going to do with all this sausage meat?’ So I made patties out of them. And then it kind of sucked because I had hot dog rolls for the sausages, and it just didn’t work out for me. I really tried to make the best of it but I self-defeated in prep-time. I just couldn’t get past it.
Do you think time just got the best of you – both with the pie Quickfire and the Elimination Challenge?
Yeah, I mean working under a clock like that, I think that in real reality it certainly would’ve been enough time. But with this pressure of the clock, it almost stumbles you and something that would take you one minute it almost feels like it will take you ten minutes, and you’re like, ‘Oh my God. I don’t have enough time.’ It’s just really very mental.
No one ever wants to do desserts, but I’m surprised that people don’t have a few sweet recipes up their sleeves, knowing that something like last night’s Quickfire is bound to happen. Why were most chefs unprepared?
I think everybody kind of came in there with recipes, but I don’t know anybody who was prepared to make a pie. Pies are generally not what chefs make. You don’t really go into a nice restaurant and see apple pie or something on the menu. But certainly I think everybody should have been more than capable of making it. I don’t know. It’s just a lot of pressure, and you don’t think clearly.
You talked about last week’s healthy food challenge as a wake-up call. Have you, your girlfriend, and her kid changed your diets as a result?
Yeah, absolutely. We haven’t gone to fast food since I’ve gotten home which is a big deal. We do work really long hours. Now we have a little snack drawer for her so she can actually go and get celery sticks or apples or oranges and things like that, so there are a lot of healthy snacks. And then in the morning, we’ve just gotten a lot more protein in the house and try to be more aware. So we cook two or three days out – sometimes we’ll have, I’ll make two or three meals on my day off so there is food, and no more excuses.
Talk to me about the bandannas. Do you only wear them in the kitchen? Is that a thing that’s been going on for a while?
You know, the bandanna thing…it’s funny. I used to wear a bandanna all the time in the kitchen, then I took it off. I stopped wearing it for a little while, and I actually just brought it back for the show. I think I would get recognized a lot more if I wore my bandana around all the time. It definitely adds a little character to my look, I guess.
So, how long have you had this psychic ability? The clip last night made it look like more of a parlor trick. Do you actually practice it?
Parlor trick is kind of…rough. I’ve been doing it for fifteen years. Initially I did it to get girls. It was a real easy way to get vulnerable people to pay attention to you, and they wanted to hear things about themselves. And then I realized I was really accurate and I actually started to feel energy then I was able to read auras. Then I actually started going to see psychics myself and as I soon as I walked into a psychic’s home or place of business, they immediately connected with me and told me I was a spiritual leader right away. Not everybody, but probably 85% of people I come into contact with – if I want to – I can definitely pick up on what they’re giving out and give them a little bit of the past, a little bit of the present, and of course the future. I actually predicated some very accurate things on the show.
Like who’s going to win?
No. I don’t know that. They may or may not air it in the web videos. But I did definitely make some predictions.
Can you repeat them, even if they don’t end up in the web videos?
I don’t know if I can repeat them or not.
OK. How about who you’d like to see win?
Well, I would love to see either Andrea or Kelly win. I really like them. They’re my favorite people on the show and I wish them well.
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