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Top 10 'MasterChef' Talks On His Experience

7/22/2015 2:03pm EDT
Tommy Walton Dishes On His 'MasterChef' Experience
Tommy Walton has definitely left his mark on MasterChef. The 53-year-old fashion designer from Chicago is one of the current season's biggest personalities, and that includes when he's dishing on his experience as part of the cooking competition. Here's what Tommy had to say about being in the Top 10 in the MasterChef kitchen.

"There is absolutely no way for you to become complacent or settle into a routine on MasterChef. The competition is designed to keep you in a state of complete and total hysteria!" he told us. "Just like an Olympic athlete, we cannot 'rest on our laurels.' We must al...
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'MasterChef' Sara Zacek Played To Win

7/21/2015 2:08pm EDT
Sara Zacek After Her 'MasterChef' Elimination
Sara Zacek was sent packing from the MasterChef kitchen last week, dashing the 29-year-old Wisconsinite's dream of becoming America's top home cook. But Starpulse caught up with Sara after her elimination to get her post-show perspective on her MasterChef experience.

"I want the TV audience to know that I am not a silent cast member. I had so much to say about every challenge. I have a story like everyone else does, and I was playing to win," she told us.

But like her colleagues, she's taken away much more than the results. "The biggest thing I have learned is that cooking is super fun an...
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'MasterChef' Olivia Crouppen Having 'The Time Of Her Life'

7/14/2015 2:05pm EDT
'MasterChef's' Olivia: 'I've Loved Every Second'
How does it feel to be part of MasterChef's top eleven? We asked 25-year-old fashion stylist Olivia Crouppen, who's still competing for the FOX cooking competition's title. Olivia gave Starpulse some insight into her MasterChef experience and who she is behind the apron.

"I'm always on edge!" she laughed. "It seems that the time is passing so fast and every week I am more and more excited to see how the show will progress. Even though I lived it, I have no idea what will be highlighted in each episode. I think at this stage there is still a lot of 'character development' so it's really int...
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'MasterChef' Kerry Prince Thankful For His Chance

7/14/2015 12:06pm EDT
'MasterChef's' Kerry: 'I've Settled Into The Edge'
Last week, Kerry Prince saw his MasterChef dreams come to an end. But the 31-year-old human resources representative from North Carolina was in good spirits as he spoke to Starpulse about his time in the FOX reality show's kitchen.

"The edge has to stay there. I love competition and part of that is the excitement of anticipation," he explained when we asked him if he ever settled into the competition. "So I guess you can say I've settled into the edge."

"The challenges so far have been strenuous at best! The clock is unforgiving!" he continued. "I would say the crab challenge has been the...
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'MasterChef' Amanda Saab On What The Show Has Done For Her

6/30/2015 2:05pm EDT
'MasterChef's' Amanda: 'There Is An Immense Amount Of Pressure'
Amanda Saab is one of the Top 14 remaining in FOX's MasterChef, and the 25-year-old social worker from Seattle spoke with Starpulse recently to discuss what the show has done for her - and the highlight she experienced during last week's episode!

"If you are settling in any competition, let alone the biggest culinary competition in the world, you are not cut out for it," Amanda told us. "Nerves are normal and help prepare your mind and body for what is to come. The real challenge is getting past your nerves and getting into your zone.

"After a few challenges I felt that I was able to do s...
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Veronica Cili On Her 'MasterChef' Experience

6/29/2015 2:08pm EDT
'MasterChef's' Veronica: 'My View Of The World Grew Exponentiall
Last week, MasterChef said goodbye to its oldest competitor as Florida beauty consultant Veronica Cili hung up her apron. But there are no hard feelings; the 58-year-old spoke to Starpulse to tell us how much she appreciated her competitive cooking experience.

"Competitive cooking is a challenge all on it’s own," Veronica said. "It’s like being in a boxing ring but the loser is sent home or as in The Hunger Games - poof- you’re a puff of smoke in the sky."

"The biggest and most memorable challenge for all of us, I think, was when we were shocked to see twenty more competitors in the Maste...
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Christopher Lu Talks About The High-Stakes Cooking Competition 'MasterChef'

6/23/2015 4:02pm EDT
'MasterChef's' Christopher: 'You Can Do Great Things If You Work
Last week's MasterChef was a roller coaster ride for Christopher Lu. The 30-year-old Los Angeles restaurant manager was one of two home cooks who saved the Blue Team during their Las Vegas pressure test, but the strategizing of their team captain sent him into the pressure test and he was one step away from elimination.

While he caught his breath, Christopher spoke with us about dealing with the pressure of the high-stakes cooking competition and what he's taken away from Gordon Ramsay, Graham Elliot and Christina Tosi so far.

"I just want to show that you can do great things if you work ...
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'Masterchef's' Ailsa: 'So Over The Moon About The Whole Experience'

6/22/2015 4:04pm EDT
MasterChef
Last week's episode of MasterChef didn't go the way Ailsa Von Dobeneck would've liked it to, but the 27-year-old assistant railroad manager from Norfolk, Virginia left with her head held high. She spoke to Starpulse after her elimination to talk about her competitive cooking experience.

"I am so over the moon about the whole experience," she enthused. "As long as I keep doing my very best and trying new flavor combos and cooking techniques, I will feel more than accomplished. I moved by myself across the world - there’s nothing I can’t do!"

One thing that separated Ailsa from some of the ...
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Jesse Romero On His Fight For 'MasterChef' Title

6/17/2015 12:05pm EDT
Jesse Romero Talks 'MasterChef': 'The Key Is To Be Fearless'
Tonight, MasterChef heads to Las Vegas, where Jesse Romero (pictured center with fellow hopefuls Charlie and Stephen) will continue to fight for the title of America's best home cook. The 29-year-old petroleum landman from Baton Rouge sat down with Starpulse last week to talk about transitioning from Louisiana to the MasterChef kitchen, and what he's out to accomplish beyond just trying to win.

"The main reason I took on this crazy journey was to fill a void in my life that has been missing for years - that void was competition," he explained. "I have been involved in numerous competitions...
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18-Year-Old 'MasterChef' Contestant Talks About His Culinary Challenge

6/16/2015 12:08pm EDT
Justin Bannister: MasterChef 'Is Always A Roller Coaster Ride'
Justin Bannister saw his time in the MasterChef kitchen come to an end last week, but he certainly left behind a good impression as the youngest contestant of season 6. The 18-year-old from Texas spoke to Starpulse just before his elimination to talk about what it was like for him to rise to the culinary challenge.

"Walking into the MasterChef kitchen is always a roller coaster ride," he explained. "You must always be on edge so that you expect anything the judges throw at you. It is the only way to prepare."

"Cooking in the MasterChef kitchen is a competition like no other," Justin conti...
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MasterChef Finalist Josh Marks Found Dead

10/13/2013 8:19am EDT
MasterChef
The reality TV chef who told police he was possessed by Gordon Ramsay following an arrest in July has been found dead in a Chicago, Illinois alleyway.

Police officials believe MasterChef finalist Josh Marks committed suicide.

The 26 year old was found with a gunshot wound to the head on Friday.

Marks hit headlines in July after lashing out at a University of Chicago police officer during an altercation.

He was chased, arrested and taken into custody. He later told cops that MasterChef host Ramsay had possessed him and turned him into God.

The reality TV chef who told police he was poss...
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MasterChef Finalist Josh Marks Claims Gordon Ramsey Turned Him Into God After Violent Arrest

7/31/2013 6:07pm EDT
MasterChef
One of the big contenders in last year's MasterChef competition had a violent run-in with cops - and blamed it on Gordon Ramsay.

Josh Marks, remembered as the 7'2" contestant with surprising cooking skills, was spotted as the University of Chicago attempting to use a campus emergency phone, according to TMZ. When a cop working for the university approach him and spotted cuts on his face, he asked Marks what was wrong. That's when Marks attacked, officials say.

Law enforcement sources say Marks threw a punch at the cop and lunged for his holstered gun. Two other officers joined the fray, p...
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TV Ratings: Basketball A Slam Dunk For ABC

6/13/2013 8:35am EDT
'America's Got Talent'
A lot of people spend their time going out for ice cream rather than watching TV in the summertime. Ratings typically dwindle, and in rerun-land, atypical programs often claim the top spots. Last week, NBA Finals games nabbed the Top 3 spots on both ABC and TNT.

NBC had a pretty good week, topped by ‘The Voice’ and ‘America’s Got Talent’ in 4th and 5th place, respectively. CBS had to settle having seven reruns in the Top 20, although its Tony Awards broadcast did well in 11th place. With ‘American Idol’ out the window for now, FOX had only one show in the Top 20, ‘Masterchef,’ which averag...
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Gordon Ramsay 101: A Primer on TV's Hottest Chef

6/12/2012 1:20pm EDT
Gordon Ramsay
With Hell's Kitchen and MasterChef, you're seeing plenty of Chef Gordon Ramsay. If you still don't know who he is, here's a primer to get you informed about the chef with four (!) TV shows.

Who is Chef Gordon Ramsay?

Chef Gordon Ramsay is one of the most talked-about chefs currently working in the world today, and certainly one of the most recognizable. He was the first Scottish chef to win three of the prestigious Michelin stars in 2001 with Restaurant Gordon Ramsay, an establishment that still retains those honors as of 2011. He currently holds 12 Michelin stars.

He is also one of on...
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Q&A: Gordon Ramsay Saves More 'Kitchen Nightmares'

9/23/2011 12:00pm EDT
Kitchen Nightmares
I'm in awe of Chef Gordon Ramsay's accomplishments, because I have no idea how he does all of them. The Michelin-starred chef visited in June to talk Masterchef and in July for Hell's Kitchen, chatted with me at FOX's TCA presentation in August, and just yesterday the network announced his next series, Hotel Hell. Just seven months after we talked about the last season of Kitchen Nightmares, he's back again to chat about the new one (starting tonight at 8 PM ET/PT on FOX). The man clearly deserves a vacation.

Ramsay's a polarizing figure: it seems you either love him or hate him. As so...
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Brittany's TCA 2011 Blog: 'New Girl,' 'X Factor,' The Future Of 'Breaking In'

8/8/2011 8:00am EDT
TCA 2011
It's been seven months since the last Television Critics Association presentation - so now it's time for new buzz. I returned to the front row to catch up with the happenings at FOX and sister network FX. In this first part of my TCA blog, we meet New Girl and The X Factor, the FOX executive session sheds some light on House, Fringe and the Glee spinoff rumors, and I try not to faint.

There's always a surprise or two at these events, and mine happened right off the bat. FOX hosted a breakfast themed around its trio of Gordon Ramsay cooking shows (Hell's Kitchen, Kitchen Nightmares and Ma...
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Q&A: Gordon Ramsay Dishes On Season 9 Of 'Hell's Kitchen'

7/18/2011 4:00pm EDT
Gordon Ramsay Dishes On Season 9 of 'Hell's Kitchen'
Our favorite chef is back (again)! While we're still watching season two of MasterChef, Chef Gordon Ramsay returns for the ninth (?!) season of his first FOX series, the aptly titled Hell's Kitchen. As the show's two-night premiere kicks off tonight (at 8 PM ET/PT, followed by a new MasterChef), Chef Ramsay sat down with me to dish about what we can expect from this season.

You can also revisit our previous chats about Kitchen Nightmares and MasterChef.

This is the ninth season for Hell's Kitchen. What do you think is the secret to the show's longevity?

Gordon Ramsay: You know what, no...
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