Despite being eliminated early in the competition, returning "Top Chef" contestant Chris 'CJ' Jacobson is still hanging in there on the shows web series "Last Chance Kitchen."
The weekly online series features the most recently eliminated chefs squaring off for an opportunity to re-insert themselves into the season competition. CJ is currently on a seven-challenge win streak, proving that if given the chance to return to the season he could be a threat to take home the "Top Chef" title.
The chef is one of three returning competitors from past seasons who joined the show's current tenth season. The decision on whether or not to return was an easy one. "When I was originally on, it had helped open a few doors. But also, I'm a much different chef than I was back then. I really thought I could win, so I wanted to check it out," CJ said. "And it's fun. I love being on Top Chef. I used to be an athlete, and there's not a lot of places where you can have a competition and satisfy those creative needs as well."
He finds the return season similar to in the sense that he again adheres to a simple rule. "Just be yourself. So if you lose, at least you were yourself and you don't have any regrets and then feel like a jackass," he said. "I think that's why I was sort of pissed off when I lost with Tyler. First of all, it was a team challenge, and I'd rather go down with the food I wanted to make, but we had compromised with that burger. That's why I was so pissed off and ready to kick some ass with 'Last Chance Kitchen.'"
CJ credits his current win streak on "Last Chance Kitchen" to both the cutthroat nature of the competition and his overall improvement. "I just think I've become a much better chef than I was before," he said. "I wished they used the full thing that Tom said on Last Chance Kitchen. He's been saying that I'm cooking better, and that [beef heart tartare dish] was hands down the best dish that I've done that he's tasted."
Will CJ return this week? Don't miss a new episode of "Top Chef" tonight on Bravo!