Murfreesboro contestant recalls time on 'The Taste' - WKRN News 2

Murfreesboro contestant recalls time on 'The Taste'


A Tennessee resident continues to stand by his dish that ultimately got him eliminated from ABC's realty cooking television show "The Taste."

Murfreesboro resident Jay Qualls briefly appeared on "The Taste" before being eliminated after his cornbread dressing failed to impress the celebrity chefs, including his own mentor Nigella Lawson.

"It's cornbread dressing with almond cranberry jelly and roasted chicken," Qualls explained of his dish. "This is something I grew up having every Thanksgiving, every Easter and every Christmas."

Despite his childhood dish falling short with the judges and receiving harsh criticism Qualls said he enjoyed his short time on the show and admits that he got a little sassy with the judges.

"It was a great experience and it's on a Bucket List, so I'm able to check that off now," he said. "It got heated, and you didn't see it all. I back talked to those people who had egos the size of that stage and I have an ego too, and it's not going to bode well. I believe in what I did."

Season two of "The Taste" airs each Thursday night on News 2.

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