An Interview With the Winner of Rachael vs. Guy: Celebrity Cook-Off

by in Shows, February 10th, 2013

 Dean and Carnie
Rachael vs. GuyThe second season of Rachael vs. Guy: Celebrity Cook-Off has been filled with challenges that have gone beyond the call of cooking and has had its share of celebrities pulling any antic at a chance of winning the competition. But tonight, the show has one winner, a very deserving individual who has gone through many ups and downs. FN Dish has the exclusive interview with the champion of Rachael vs. Guy: Celebrity Cook-Off.

Last night’s finale had the competition reduced to just two celebrities: Carnie and Dean. The challenge this time would have them cooking a dinner for 11 special guests made up of celebrity chefs and VIPs. In 90 minutes they would each create a three-course meal, which would be voted upon by the dinner guests. By the end a winner would be declared and a donation of $50,000 would be handed out to his or her charity.

It was an even playing field for both Dean and Carnie. Neither would know what ingredients would be available to them in the kitchen. They did, however, have some time to meet with their mentors to come up with a plan. Guy advised Dean to focus on a lot of proteins that captured the theme of elegance and decadence. Rachael encouraged Carnie not to think about what Dean was making and to stick to the comfort foods she knows. Luckily Dean and Carnie wouldn’t be doing it all alone. Rachael brought in Carnie’s friend Amy and Guy brought in Dean’s friend Scout to help the celebrities get dinner prepped and cooked. Besides some nervousness and anxiousness on the part of the finalists, the dinner went off without a hitch.

Also see:
Finale Recap (Video)
Watch the Full Episode (Video)
Episode 6 Highlights (Photos)
Dean’s Journey to the Win (Photos)

When it came to discussing the dishes, most of the guests agreed that Carnie’s dishes were very flavorful, but sometimes suffered in plating, and Dean’s dishes were overly ambitious and overcomplicated but still flavorful. When it came to announcing the winner, Rachael and Guy surprised the celebrities with the news that the runner-up would also be receiving a donation to his or her charity of $10,000. And to join Dean and Carnie in the announcement would be their families. The result could have gone any which way, because only one vote separated the two contestants. But in the end, Dean was declared the winner (read Carnie’s interview here). Watch Dean’s interview below.

What was your goal in doing this competition?
Dean McDermott: I got into this competition to help a charity near and dear to my heart. Miracle Babies helps families in need of neonatal intensive care. It’s a charity that hits home because my wife and I were trying to prevent a premature birth with our fourth child. I want to help others in need. I’m playing for my wife and my children. The fact that my kids were there at the finale made the moment even more special.

What went through your head when they announced you were the winner?
DM: I wasn’t sure that I heard it right. It seemed too perfect. It felt surreal. I thought the vote would be really close and I didn’t know which way it would go. When they announced I was the winner I was shocked. I couldn’t believe I had won the competition. It was so weird because almost every emotion went out of my body. I was stunned more than anything. I really pushed myself. It was the hardest I’ve ever worked for something. I can’t believe I did it.

You came into the competition calling yourself the Gourmet Dad. How does it feel now to have taken the first step to possibly becoming a celebrity chef like Guy or Rachael?
DM: I started this competition wanting to win for my charity, Miracle Babies. That never changed throughout the competition — that’s what I was here for. But I also realized I was playing for validation. I came to the competition as the Gourmet Dad and I needed to prove myself. I didn’t want to just be a name and not show up with any goods. It was really important that I put my best foot forward, put my head down and do the absolute best I could. The fact that I won for my charity is amazing. But I also won as the Gourmet Dad. I got the validation. I have a passion for this and I want to pursue this. And it’s amazing I’m taking steps toward becoming a Guy Fieri or Rachael Ray. I aspire to have what they have. I have a passion for food and cooking, bringing people together and being the Gourmet Dad. I’ve got some street cred as the Gourmet Dad — now I can go around and say that I’m the Rachael vs. Guy Season-2 Champion.

What have you learned on this journey? How has your level of cooking changed in comparison to when you started?
DM: The journey that I’ve been on in this competition has taken me from a pretty good cook to a great cook with a lot of confidence, who also has a lot more to learn and wants to learn. I’ve cooked for Rachael and Guy, for people with discerning palates and for little kids who are nothing but completely honest. I’ve cooked for restaurant owners, critics and star chefs. The confidence that it has given me is amazing. The mentorship that Guy has given me and his energy, knowledge and inspiration have made me a hundred times better than when I started this competition. It’s made me even thirstier for knowledge. I want to know more. I want to get better. I want to keep going with this. Winning this competition has all signs pointing to “Yes, you are doing the right thing, going down the right path.” I’m in love with cooking now more than ever. I would do this competition all over again.

What’s next for you?
DM: I want to go back to school and get my associate degree. I want to be the Gourmet Dad on Food Network. I want to open restaurants. I’ve always wanted to have a food truck. I think I’ll start with the food truck first and then move up to the restaurant. I found a great friend in Guy Fieri and I want to cultivate that friendship. I think he’s a great guy. I learned so much from him. He’s offered me opportunities that you can’t pass up. He’s invited me to come to his restaurants and work there, in the kitchen, with the manager, the service staff — just to learn everything that there is to learn about the restaurant business in a hands-on environment. Who does that? He’s an amazing guy. He’s the real deal.

You had a stronger relationship with Guy that anyone else on your team. What was your relationship like? Are you guys going to get tattoos together?
DM: I was really excited to meet Guy. I had never met him before. I’ve met Rachael before and she’s amazing. But I was nervous to meet Guy. We have a lot of things in common. We both have tats. We’re both edgy dads. He likes hot rods, I like motorcycles. Because of that we’re very similar guys, except for the hair and that I don’t wear my sunglasses on the back of my head, though I might start. We hit it off right from the start. He’s just a dude, a guy. He’s someone I can relate to. He certainly has made something of himself but he never forgot where he came from. I grew up with nothing and I’ve become successful in my chosen career. And I don’t forget that. I think that if you’re phony, it will catch up with you. He’s a “what you see is what you get” kind of guy and so am I. We connected on that level.

Guy and I made a pact, that if I won we’d have to get some new ink. I’d like to take him to see my tattoo guy and I would love to get R vs. G tattooed somewhere with the date I won the competition and — I know lots of people have it — but a knife and a fork crossed, or a knife and a wrench crossed. I want something cool and culinary.

Guy’s career started on a competition show. Do you think a cooking career might happen for you now?
DM: I hold out a lot of hope. Guy started by winning a Food Network competition show and look at him now — he’s a rock star, the face of the network. I was driving home the other day and I kept seeing Guy on all the billboards. He’s all over. He’s so identifiable with the spiky blonde hair, the glasses, chains and tats. Maybe I could go that same route. I’d love to. He’s so successful and I’m really impressed with how he started. I might be the next Guy Fieri or Deano Fieri.

How does it feel to have won?
DM: I’m so thrilled to have won for so many different reasons. And I’m so happy that I managed to put one up on the scoreboard for Guy. It was looking pretty bad there for a while — it was down to just me, I was the only representative for Team Guy. I didn’t want to be that person who didn’t bring the win home for Guy. I didn’t want to be on the losing team. He so deserves it and I wanted to win it for him. I am the first win for Guy Fieri on Rachael vs. Guy. I wanted to be that guy and now I am.

What is the biggest thing you learned about yourself through all of this?
DM: I’m really proud of myself. Aside from having my children and my beautiful wife, this is one of the most amazing things that I’ve done. I learned so much about myself. I learned to put myself out there and to not be afraid of the outcome, just to try my best. I won for all the people and the reasons I wanted to. And I couldn’t have done it without my teammates and I certainly couldn’t have done it without the love and support of my family.

Donate to Dean’s chosen charity, Miracle Babies.

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Comments (44)

  1. clov says:

    whatevr.. my qtpi didnt win bt th next best man did.. i think deans hella boring an didnt act like food profesional.. hes gon to have to work on that for tv show or restarant to suceed in long run.. peopl taking spaz atacks ovr who won or didnt are fn craz.. lying say they see sex or talent or persnality when there was none.. dont even kno what there watching..

  2. disappointed says:

    As soon as Dean was annouced to be the first finalist I turned off the T.V. Talk about favortism. No one else got a chance to talk to their spouse on air. I don't like being made a fool of by your network and we are not as naive an you may think.I have lost all respect for Guy and Rachel. Guy was the reason I watched food network. It has now been removed from my favorites list. Everyone in the world is not in love with tori andher husband. You made a real bad move when you did this and from the other statements lots of us agree.!!!!!!!!!

  3. Carnie says:

    I am very happy for Dean yet still am amazed at how well Carnie did!!!!!!!!! You can really cook Carnie and your kids should be very proud of you and everything you do!!!!!!!!

  4. Nemesis says:

    I liked Dean and He was more composed then his opponent. If spazzing counts as a win, then carnie won, if best food counted, Right person won and so did the babies. Pull on your big boy panties and suck it up

  5. Tish says:

    Don't be such a hater! All of you negative people can go "suck it" as Kathy would say! Dean did good!

  6. Linda says:

    You really think Dean won because he was alone? With having to prep, cook and serve all by himself while the other team had three to make and serve? Hmm….I don't see it that way. What I heard was that his food got the highest marks, even though he didn't get to serve about thirty people because time ran out. Even with no help, he still made the best food. I though he was impressive, but it's JMO

  7. Trish says:

    I agree. Hines should have won! Surprise, surprise like we didn't know Dean was going to win.
    I didn't watch the final show and will probably never watch the show again. Really lost respect for the hosts.

  8. babymoma says:

    You might want to re-watch each episode because it looks like you all forgot that Hines showed no personality or talent. He coasted and failed.

  9. Jerry B says:

    Kathy G fan??? really – to quote Disgruntled – to Tish "Yawn"

    O sorry – u so Boring!!

  10. Anabella Gable says:

    S@CK IT?? that's quite harsh for FN blog – I think you should be removed for being obnoxious and rude.

    Take Tish off and ban her from the site !

  11. clov says:

    dam right.. yeh makig up crap

  12. Anabella Gable says:

    Dean and Carney are so blessed. Both have great hearts to put themselves out there for their individual charities. They are doing this for the greater good – I'm hopeful that they will be brought into the fold of Food Network – but have so much to give and would be great hosts for cooking or food shows.

    God has given them the opportunity of a lifetime – blessed are the people that works for others and gives of themselves. God love them.

  13. Stephen Stone says:

    Agreed – Dean was totally overdoing everything. But glad Carnie still earned money for her charity. One sided show.

    Read the comment from Dean's interview. Not a great winner – totally about him and his world.

  14. babymoma says:

    You want Carnie food go to McDonald's or get a random recipe from the back of a box of Velveeta.

  15. GUEST says:

    You need to get your own recipes!!Of course they would have Deans he WON!! Why would they have the losers recipes??? It makes no difference what someone have in their PANTRY! You put what you want in YOURS!!!!!!!

  16. Soul Man says:

    Acts 2:42-47: And they continued stedfastly in the apostles' doctrine and fellowship, and in breaking of bread, and in.

  17. clov says:

    you got it right babez.. haters gon hate..

  18. Sydney says:

    Right behind you on this one Mrs. Ray!!!!!!!!

  19. clov says:

    wtf.. you saying good or bad???

  20. clov says:

    id eat johnnys sausge any day.. ;))

  21. clov says:

    some do.. espesialy in glbt land..

  22. clov says:

    cause you kno.. cause your talk sho an comedy tours sell out.. bs is ovr now game over

  23. clov says:

    da fuq??? whats yr point?????????????
    John 3:19
    New International Version (NIV)
    19 This is the verdict: Light has come into the world, but people loved darkness instead of light because their deeds were evil.

  24. clov says:

    i thot god lovs every body

  25. clov says:

    they were all d list last yr evenlike tweny yrs ago when they had career except ldp

  26. babymoma says:

    Negative and not neutral or helpful criticism but outright negative!

  27. babymoma says:

    We barely know who Tori is.

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