Although she didn't win Top Chef Masters, San Francisco's Traci Des Jardins came pretty close to being the first female Master. After she shared a day of her life with us, she took a quick minute to chat about the Top Chef experience. Here's what she had to say:

On not winning Masters: At that point, Floyd, Mary, and I were ready for the show to be over. We were each playing for charity and each of the charities was worthy of the money. I don't have a killer instinct about why I didn't win. I guess my food simply wasn't as good as Floyd's food. I wanted to see a woman win it.

On doing more television: I love the Top Chef brand. I would do it again for sure. It will be interesting to see what else they do.

On her upcoming trip to Africa: I'm very excited! I've always wanted to go on safari in Africa. I'm going all over. I'm going to see the migration. The best thing is we're following up the trip with a week in Barcelona. It's just a great city; the last time I went the food was spectacular. It's so unique and local. The fish they have there, we don't have here.

On her latest projects: I'm working on a book proposal. It's really thrilling! I'm also still recovering from the filming of the show. It was very intense and took a lot of energy.

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