Shota Nakajima talks about the series and what comes next

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Despite his second place on Top Chef Portland, Chef Shota Nakajima impressed just about everyone who watched the season. His mastery of Japanese cuisine seemed effortless and for many, myself included, seeing him lose to eventual winner Gabe Erales came as a shock.

Although he came first in a number of Quickfire and Elimination challenges, it was several small missteps that led to his second place finish. Deciding to go for a more comforting food-style dish for the third round instead of sticking to the fine Japanese cooking style he had wowed everyone with throughout the season was a definite mistake.

Shota recently spoke to Seattle weather about this latest challenge and revealed that when he got home he made the whole four-course meal for his parents again, trying to figure out where he went wrong. He reduced it to exhausting Excellent chef schedule that causes them to make small mental mistakes and overthink everything.

“Then I started talking about the flaws I had in classes two and three – not thinking clearly and changing myself when I needed to because I could have totally changed the menu five or 10 minutes ago. . But I think it was just nerves, and honestly, just being that way at the end [of the show] and physically exhausted, mentally exhausted. I know it’s just an excuse to make myself feel better.

Post Top Chef, Shota plans to open another restaurant in the Seattle area.

Excellent chef also gave Shota a whole new way to interact with his fans via social media. He used his Youtube channel to share how to make these amazing Japanese dishes he made on the show. He even goes so far as to let his fans decide which one he should make a video for next.

“I will post on my [Instagram] the story just being like, “Hey, which one is your favorite?” Which would you like to know more about? »I am going to do a poll.

Additionally, Shota opened up about his future and what he’s going to do now that Excellent chef has ended. It’s a well-known fact that even coming in second can open doors and raise your chef profile to incredible new levels.

But it looks like Shota is planning to slow things down. Instead of diving straight into a new restaurant, he wants to keep hosting events and dining for the time being until the right circumstances are right.

“I want to open a[nother] restaurant in Seattle, because I love to cook – that’s why I got into it. But I’m waiting for this good feeling. I’m looking for a very small space [so] that I can do a pop-up at least once a week or something in Seattle, just to start cooking.

It goes without saying that once the next edition of Top Chef All-Stars rolls, we will more than likely see Shota again. He’s just too good and too fan-favorite not to return to the franchise. In the meantime, if you’re lucky enough to live in the Seattle area, be sure to check out one of its pop-up kitchens. The rest of us will have to make do with her YouTube channel and cook our own Shota-inspired meals.

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