He went home in the box truck Monday night, but Chad isn't bitter about his experience on Next Great Baker!
TLC: What was your reaction to the elimination?
Chad: Well, I'd lie if I said I was ready or happy, but I knew it was gonna happen. I was definitely upset. It's a game. Everyone goes home at one time except for one. I wanted to be that one, but with being letdown for going home comes a great amount of pride and strength. I wanted to win.
TLC: Who would you say was your best NGB ally?
Chad: Ally is a very important word. I would say Megan. I felt like and still feel like Marissa is my little sister. Well, if I had one, I would want her!
TLC: What are your plans now?
Chad: I resigned teaching high school, but in January I reapplied and was accepted back into the same class and school I left. SO HAPPY!! We have three shops (one in Dallas and two in Duncanville), and we just plan to grow and see what happens. The next two years will be very important to decide the direction we want to go.
TLC: What were your impressions of Buddy?
Chad: Buddy is a great guy. Definitely a perfectionist. He wants the best for us and continually challenged us. Buddy is a stand-up guy; I respect him because I believe that he had our best interests at heart 100 percent of the time.
TLC: Would you have done anything differently during the elimination challenge?
Chad: I think I did the best I could with the situation.
TLC: Any last words for your fans?
Chad: I want everyone to know how much I appreciate them...all of them. I hope that at time of adversity, everyone learns to stay true to yourself. I'm not a crybaby, but I am very emotional. I don't throw people under the bus; you saw small clips of conversations.
I live my life very intense. I love to challenge myself and that's what makes us all better as individuals. Kind words go a long way. Smiles are so inviting. Helping others can help them win, but in the process, you win, too.
Marissa told me one day, "Chad, you are the realest person I have ever met!" I think that is such a compliment. Be real. Be true and be yourself. This adventure is a complete blessing. I am so thankful to have had the opportunity to participate in this experience. I can't begin to explain my feelings and the depth of my gratitude.
It's not just about cakes. Life is sweet, too!