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 MitchellMalcolm 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.


For more on Malcolm check out his web page HERE.  Be sure to check out all of the Star Season 8 Exit Interviews HERE.

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Stuart is a celebrity chef, food activist and award-winning food writer. He penned the cookbooks Third Coast Cuisine: Recipes of the Gulf of Mexico, No Sides Needed: 34 Recipes To Simplify Life and Amigeauxs - Mexican/Creole Fusion Cuisine. He hosts two Internet cooking shows "Everyday Gourmet" and "Little Grill Big Flavor." His recipes have been featured in Current, Lagniappe, Southern Tailgater, The Kitchen Hotline and on the Cooking Channel.

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2015 1st Place Luck of the Irish Cook-off
2015 4th Place Downtown Cajun Cook-off
2015 2nd Place Fins' Wings & Chili Cook-off
2014 2015 4th Place LA Gumbo Cook-off
2012 Taste Award nominee for best chef (web)
2012 Finalist in the Safeway Next Chef Contest
2011 Taste Award Nominee for Little Grill Big Flavor
2011, 12 Member: Council of Media Tastemakers
2011 Judge: 29th Chef's of the Coast Cook-off
2011 Judge: Dauphin Island Wing Cook-off
2011 Cooking Channel Perfect 3 Recipe Finalist
2011 Judge: Dauphin Island Gumbo Cook-off
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2010 Judge: Bayou La Batre Gumbo Cook-off
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