'The Taste's' Ludo Lefebvre: 'I am not here to be nice with you'

On ABC's "The Taste," Ludo Lefebvre comes off as imperious to the burgeoning chefs he's mentoring but also passionate about cooking.In an interview, he's much more relaxed and even more passionate about cooking."I am not here to be nice with you," he tells Zap2it, referring to a cook on his team. "It is a competition. I want a star. How it is in the kitchen -- it is not that easy."Cooking on a timetable is stressful, and Lefebvre acknowledges that even when he cooks at home, he worries about timing a meal so all dishes hit the table simultaneously.Cooking is all he ever wanted to do, he says with such a heavy French cadence that his English sounds French. His grandmother, an accomplished home chef, was such a huge influence that he knew by 10 he wanted to be a chef."I love to make crepes with my grandma," Lefebvre says. "My mom was always working....



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