TVGuide.com: I've been wondering this for a couple of seasons now: What the heck is a Wellington?
Vinnie Fama: What is a Wellington? It is... um... I don't know.
TVGuide.com: OK, maybe that's why you had so much trouble with it!
Vinnie: [Laughs] It is a beef dish [that was] named after a knight, Sir Wellington, many, many moons ago, before my great-great-great grandmother was alive. He wrapped a piece of beef in dough and they named it after him.
TVGuide.com: Why did you want to do this show?
Vinnie: I thought I could win. I thought I could make that next big jump to Las Vegas with a guaranteed contract of $250,000. I had nothing else to do for the months of January and February, so I said, "Hey, why not do this?"
TVGuide.com: Were you surprised by the screaming and the yelling?
Vinnie: Nah, I was prepared. I had heard about the show and I looked it up on YouTube. I had seen [Ramsay's] highlight reel.
TVGuide.com: But he smashed an egg on you. That was a little over-the-top.
Vinnie: It was probably borderline mild for him. It was the first time he'd done it since last season. Somebody was going to get an egg on them. My odds were good — I had a 1-in-12 chance of wearing egg and I did it. I've been playing lotto every day since, thinking I could hit [the lotto odds] now, but that hasn't worked out.
TVGuide.com: It seems like nothing surprises you. I guess you weren't surprised when he redid Rock and Jen's selection of who should be eliminated.
Vinnie: I had a feeling it was coming. I wasn't surprised that I wasn't selected [by Rock] to go home, because I hadn't been selected to go home yet. I hadn't screwed up anything, and Josh had already been selected three times.
TVGuide.com: Josh seems very angry.
Vinnie: Yeah, well… he got ridden like a donkey for weeks there. He got hit with an egg, also, right after I got nailed with one. Every week during elimination, he was up there dodging elimination on top of it all. He's angry all the time. But I like Josh.
TVGuide.com: Do you think you deserved to go home?
Vinnie: No! I thought I was qualified to win. I don't think I screwed up too much, except for what came out of my mouth.
TVGuide.com: I was surprised that you got sent home before Jen, who tried to serve garbage food.
Vinnie: Isn't that surprising? Everybody kind of said, "The girl who picked food out of the garbage stayed on longer than you."
TVGuide.com: Do you really think that Bonnie cheated on the "testing the palate" challenge?
Vinnie: I think she took advantage of being able to hear. I wouldn't call that cheating, though.
TVGuide.com: Would you ever do anything like this again?
Vinnie: Reality TV? Probably yes, but I don't think I'd do this "boot camp" format ever again. I like the challenge and competition, but as far as doing boot camp? I don't know if I could do that.
TVGuide.com: Where can people go to eat your food?
Vinnie: Come look me up on the Internet at vincentfama.com!
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