From the very first episode of Bravo’s Top Chef: Just Desserts, 27-year-old pastry chef Zac Young not only stood out as one of the cheftestant’s to beat, but as the one with the most personality. By far. To say Young isn’t afraid to be his fabulous self is like saying Glee isn’t afraid to be wildly over the top when it comes to doing musical numbers.
Over the course of nine episodes of Just Desserts, Young not only showed he was the real deal when it comes to pastry, but just how much glitter could go into one dessert as well as how much fun one could have on a reality show, especially when part of Team Diva.
Unfortunately, his time on TC: JD also showed how spectacularly wrong a dessert could go (see his "cake-tastrophe" from the last episode) as could a relationship with fellow pastry chefs (see any episode with Morgan Wilson).
But even though Young didn’t make the final three, he came through with his sweet personality still intact.
AfterElton.com talked with Young about the experience including his problematic relationship with Morgan, being part of Team Diva and how sorry he was for his comments about fellow contestant Danielle Keene.
AfterElton: Thanks for talking with us.
Zac Young: Yay! This was the interview I most wanted to do!
AE: That’s so sweet! We’ve had so much fun covering Just Desserts. I’ve enjoyed it more than the regular Top Chef, of which I’m a big fan.
Zac Young: I’ve had so much fun reading your recaps, by the way. They are hilarious.
AE: I’m curious, after seeing last night’s episode do you have any regrets about what you said during the judging panel about how Morgan reacts when he wins?
ZY: Not at all. I think Morgan made it very clear that he didn’t want to be there. I mean, he kept saying "I don’t want to be here, I miss my son, this is bullshit, I can’t believe we have to do this." And as someone who actually enjoyed the competition and the twists, and was there to compete, it was really hard to hear that over and over from someone who was continually winning.
I knew I was going home from the beginning of the elimination challenge. I was, like, an hour and a half into it when I realized that I had no clue what I actually wanted to do. And I just felt like I needed to get it off my chest.
AE: So you’re fine with having said that during the judging, sort of critiquing his behavior as opposed to the product produced? I just want to be clear on that.
ZY: Well, you know, they asked. The judges asked why we should continue through to the finals. While Morgan’s food is great, his attitude in general, I mean, his behavior, was atrocious. It really irritated me. So was it appropriate to say at the table? I think so.