Lorraine Pascale on Winning Worst Bakers in America with Recruit Carla Johnson
All season long on Worst Bakers in America, we've seen the friendly rivalry develop between longtime friends Duff Goldman and Lorraine Pascale. Each mentor came into the finale thinking he or she could win the bragging rights. But in reality there would be but one winner, and it was Lorraine and her Red Team recruit Carla. Gamblers may not have put their money on this pair to win, but that just goes to show that the underdog sometimes gets her way, as Lorraine points out herself.
FN Dish caught up with the winning mentor after the finale to chat about what it took for her to win with Carla, and find out what she has to say to sore loser Duff.
Lorraine Pascale: It's amazing that I won with Carla. She so deserves it, and I love where the money is going, what the money's going for, and she's been such a star throughout and full of energy, and it's great that she went from fake-a-bake queen to the winner.
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Did you always have confidence in Carla? It seemed like you were a little bit unsure of who to take to the finale.
LP: I didn't really have confidence that she would get to the finale. I knew she'd go a long way, but not all the way.
How did the past few days go with Carla? How was her performance on the practice day and then in the final bake?
LP: It was a challenge the last two days because I had to be quite harsh with her because I had to keep telling her to focus. So, I had to kind of quash that normal spirit that she had.
She had some trouble with getting the fondant onto the cake, and you came up with a different plan. How was it compromising and getting to the place where you both felt comfortable?
LP: We had lots of trouble with the fondant, and I think it was a great decision to just ditch it and go with the sprinkles.
LP: It was amazing winning against Duff. You know, we're old friends, and he was very confident the whole show that he was going to win. So, it was nice to be the underdog and come forward and win it.
LP: Well, if you're going to be confident, Duff, you've got to be quietly confident in case you don't win.
Are you going into the new season of Holiday Baking Championship with some bragging rights since you two are judges?
LP: Carla, you're a superstar. Keep up that spirit; keep up that energy. But if you're going to bake, keep focused.