Food Network Star Exit Interview: Malcolm Mitchell
It was a little odd that both people in the Producer’s Challenge were both from Team Bobby. I think Martita might have warranted a spot there over Malcolm. I also think that Malcolm’s performance in the Producer’s Challenge was good enough to win. Of course we don’t see everything that happens in a taping. After all the entire round takes place over a few days and we get to see 60 minutes of it. Unfortunately, Malcolm’s run is over.
Malcolm Mitchell, 41 (Washington, D.C.), received a degree in culinary arts after spending four years in the Navy. Malcolm began cooking alongside his mother and credits her for teaching him how to create great meals on a budget. After his time in the military, he realized that he could turn his passion for cooking and entertaining into a career; he is now a personal chef and caterer for sports teams, politicians and entertainers. Malcolm describes himself as “a classically trained chef with an urban touch.”
Is there anything in your life’s experiences that compares to competing on Food Network Star?
I would say I like to compete so it reminds me of when I competed in school w/football.
What’s the number one thing you have taken away from your experience on the show?
I have taken away always staying true to my food and preparing great food. I will continue to be me.
Do you have a defined POV now and if so what is it?
From Day 1, My POV is and was Keeping it Simple and Soulfoul…Global Soul. It’s more than just SOULFOOD….Fried Chicken and Mac and Cheese.
In what ways has being on the show changed your life?
More opportunities for exposure and resources to continue to climb in my career.
What’s next on the horizon for Malcolm Mitchell?
I am working on a restaurant concept in Richmond Va., I am seeking an agent and I am hopeful to get my own show one day.