MV: On occasion. I just did a charity benefit dinner. We raised $40,000 for the owners of Magical Elves. It was me and Michael and Bryan, Antonia. And then they call me from time to time to do certain things. They'll call me for casting advice, like, Who do you have for us this season?
SI: You said that you recommended Michael Voltaggio?
MV: Yeah, and [Season 3 winner] Hung Huynh. I've recommended two out of the three winners since I started recommending people. And then other people: I recommended [Season 4 contestant] Spike Mendelsohn. Hung and I were in the same cooking class at the CIA. We went to school together.
SI: You went to the CIA with somebody else in this circle, right?
MV: I was Spike's residential assistant, which is how I met him, back in the dormitories. Yeah, there was a bunch of us. Ilan [Season 2 winner Ilan Hall] was behind me; we never knew each other. He knew my roommate.
SI: Small world.
MV: Yeah, totally.
SI: So tell us about your show. Marcel's Quantum Kitchen.
MV: It's with Syfy. Essentially it's about creativity and cooking and science and all those things. We're going to film a little bit more, next week and the following week. It's a combination of a lot of things. A little bit of MythBusters, a little bit of A Cook's Tour, a little bit of Alton Brown, kind of reality. All sorts of different things lumped together. It'll be fun and educational and interesting and a lot of creativity involved.
Marcel Vigneron, with normal kitchen tools
SI: So you teach people how to...
MV: How to cook, and the process and the phenomena that actually happens behind the science of cuisine. Like when you make a mayonnaise, what are you actually doing when you drizzle the oil into the egg yolk. The suspension and the emulsification, and like what do you do when it breaks. If you understand what it actually is then you can fix it and make it better.
SI: Why the Syfy Channel?
MV: It's like, why DNA? [Diabolical Nightlife Associates.] It was people who believed in me and who reached out to me. It's not the most obvious fit, but yet we both wanted the same things so we came together.
SI: So are you going to do a SyFi BBQ?
MV: More like a throwdown thing. With Bobby.