Here is an interview with Jordan Roots:
Who is your primary cooking inspiration?
My mother was definitely the main influence on my love for food. She taught me at a young
age how rewarding it can be to cook and entertain for friends and family. She inspired me to get in the kitchen, cook with an abundance of love, and HAVE FUN!
What are your favorite food blogs (besides your own)?
Dara Moskowitz Grumdahl, thugkitchen, ironchefmorimoto.
What is your favorite/least favorite dish to eat?
Recently, I have been obsessed with Thomas Keller's cauliflower gratin recipe from his "Bouchon" cookbook. Its creamy, cheesy, and a great balance in savory flavors.
What is your favorite/least favorite dish to cook?
I really enjoy making curries from scratch. They have a lot of ingredients and need to be balanced just right to achieve that harmony of flavors.
What is your favorite go-to dish to bring to a potluck?
When it comes to potlucks, my favorite things to bring are dips. From guacamole to homemade salsa, you can't go wrong with fresh, flavorful dips to please a crowd.
What is your favorite/least favorite type of cuisine and why?
My favorite cuisine would have to be Mexican. I am really drawn to citrus and spice in food, which makes Mexican an obvious choice. Along with the great flavors, Mexican cuisine is full of bright colors which makes the food that much more appealing to the eater.
What travel destinations have you either been to or want to travel to for food inspiration?
I would really enjoy taking a trip to China to experience their cuisine firsthand. The unique and bizarre foods offered there are very intriguing to me. I also adore street food, and China is known for some of the best.
What are your top 3 songs to cook to?
"Get Lucky" by Daft Punk, "Default" by Django Django, and "Cousins" by Vampire Weekend.
Why did you want to be a contestant?
I never once considered trying out until a friend of mine sent me the link and told me to give it a go. I figured it would be a great experience and quite exciting to see if I had what it took to succeed in the kitchen. It also didn't hurt to think Chef Ramsay would be critiquing my dishes!
What is your favorite comfort food and why?
Meatloaf! So versatile, you can throw any and everything into it. Pair it up with some potatoes and green beans and you have yourself a tasty meal. I mean a loaf of meat! You cannot go wrong!
Pick 3 words that define what meals with friends and family mean to you.
Rewarding, delicious, laughter.