What surprised you most about the experience?
Before the show I hated onions, in all forms. I would order everything without onions. But after learning how to cook onions the right way on the show, now I start nearly everything I make with onions. I never in a million years would have imagined myself willingly adding onions to things.
Do people stop you and recognize you from the show?
Yes! People have recognized me a lot. Once at a restaurant the manager even came over and gave me the celebrity treatment — free drinks, free appetizers — and I was there with my mom and a friend who were both very impressed. Usually though, someone at a party will say something like "I know I know you from somewhere ... did we work together? Did we meet at another party?" and eventually they'll figure out they just know me from TV.
Are you still working as a marketing website editor? Any big changes in your life since the show (other than your new cooking skills)?
I've left my previous job and I'm currently on a trip around the country that you can read about on my blog, Pop Jew Bus Tour. When I return to Brooklyn I'm going to be pursuing a more exciting writing job.