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"Tonight on MasterChef, the chefs are tasked with cooking a lunch meal for the cast and crew of Glee and are joined by stars Jane Lynch and Cory Monteith to help the judges pick a winning team."

"Tonight on MasterChef, the chefs are tasked with cooking a lunch meal for the cast and crew of Glee and are joined by stars Jane Lynch and Cory Monteith to help the judges pick a winning team."

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pigtailsandcombatboots:

I’ve been wanting to post this for a few days now, but there’s a lot of backstory involved and since I know I can get carried away with explaining things, I’ve been hesitant about trying to write a short and sweet summary. So here goes:WARNING - I tried, but couldn’t make this short enough to appear readable at a glance (I know, I tend to skip reading long-winded posts because my ADD looks at them in horror.) I completely understand if you don’t read all or any of it. This has been in my drafts folder for several days now and I give up on trying to shorten it.
When I’m passionate about something, I throw myself completely into it. At some point I started watching Gordon Ramsay’s shows, andI discovered he wasn’t a jerk like the media makes him out to be. He is however, blatantly honest and straightforward, and has no patience for people that don’t try to always perform at their best. This perspective inpires me because I have a mediocre amount of motivation for anything, and I have a lot of difficulty using tact. Plus, tact is not very effective when it comes to motivating people, so why mess around and avoid getting right to the point?.This is the background of my passion for all things Gordon Ramsay.
Talented cooks amaze me, just like any other artist, except they do it with food, which at least to me, seems a lot harder. I enjoy watching cooking shows because I can’t comprehend how they can make something that tastes so good out of so few ingredients, in a limited amount of time. There’s so much technique and knowledge involved, I believe a very large part of it has to be instinctual. This puts me in awe.
I started watching Masterchef during season 2 and was hooked immediately. It’s like watching a REALLY interesting magic show (though I’ve never experienced a really interesting one), just without the illusion. I also enjoy seeing the varying degrees of passion and confidence in the contestants. I become involved in trying to dissect what can be interpreted from their psyches and their sources of motivations I don’t know how to explain it. It’s similar to the wonder I feel when I try to figure out how different artists see things the way they do, how they instinctually know how to mix colors, show textures, etc. It’s always interesting to know a little bit about the background of the artist to see what may have influenced their perspective. br />

As a result, I tend to ride the Masterchef wave with the contestants involved, and I was genuinely upset in season 2 when Ben was eliminated much earlier than I expected. His combination of talent and passion seemed the most genuine, but then the 3 judges Gordon Ramsay, Graham Elliot and Joe Bastianich know truckloads more than I do about food and cooking techniques, so by no means a source of an informed opinion on the subject.
At the beginning of season 3, they introduced the top 16 selected for the show with a little background about each one. Now, I’m always doing something else while I’m watching TV. I can’t just sit there and watch something, I have to be doing something like drawing or crafting at the same time, so I did a double take when I heard one contestant say he was from Brighton Park. Brighton Park is the little neighborhood I grew up in in Chicago, and where my parents still live currently. I chuckled, because the contestant, David Martinez, referred to it as “growing up in the ghetto”. There’s about a 10 year age difference between he and I and it wasn’t that bad when I was growing up, but the “ghetto-ing” was gradual. I went away to college at 17, but I came home every weekend to work for 7 years beyond that. I chuckled because my mom’s been calling it “the ghetto” for a long time, and I always thought she was being a tad bit overdramatic (as usual.) It’s harder to see when the change is gradual, I guess, but hearing David say it on national TV kind of smacked me in the face with the reality of my native ‘hood. 
The point to all that is, neighborhoods are like badges of honor in Chicago. It’s not “I’m from Chicago”, it’s “I’m from Brighton Park/Gage Park/Lincoln Park/Wrigleyville/etc.” There’s over 200 of these neighborhoods in Chicago. It’s so rare to meet someone outside of the Chicagoland area that is from your neighborhood, and it’s even weirder to see someone mention it on TV. I immediately called my mom and dad and they started watching Masterchef in support of David, even though they have no idea who Gordon Ramsay is, because we support those that make it out of the ‘hood. (Seriously, not many do.)
Each of the Masterchef contestants have Twitter and Facebook accounts associated with the show, I’m guessing to help stir up interest. So, I sent a note to David on Facebook, basically saying, “Hey, I’m from Brighton Park too, small world, hope you win, etc.” He wrote back and via several messages we had some small convos talking about exactly where we lived, where we went to school, etc. I could ramble on easily here, but if you want to know more about David, here’s his Masterchef website profile - David Martinez.
Via convos and posts, I discovered that David was moving to Phoenix, oddly enough, this past week. I also discovered that Monti, another Masterchef contestant and another big fave of mine had already moved here and was now the morning host on one of the local radio stations here - “Monti in the Morning”. This past weekend, they both joined up with Season 2 contestant Ben Starr (my fave from that season, as I mentioned above) to host a fundraiser for Phoenix Children’s Hospital at Dave and Buster’s in Tempe. I wanted to meet the 3 of them, especially David, since we had been communicating online, and for the fact that he’s automatically my “neighborhood bro”.
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The fundraiser was scheduled from 11am-1pm and was $10 to get in, with raffles, free banana splits donated from Cold Stone Creamery and a free all-day gaming pass at D&B’s (score!) There wasn’t a lot of people there at the beginning, because it’s kind of a niche group of fans. Plus, they’re not celebrities, they’re real people with tons of amazing talent, which unliike a lot of people, is more of a motivation for me to meet them than any “celebrity status”-type.
The three of them walked up to the front door of D&B’s together where a few of us were standing because we weren’t allowed to go in yet. They put their stuff inside and then came back out to hang out with everybody and take pics. Before they went in, David saw me and subsequently ran over and gave me a big hug, saying that he thought it was awesome that we (me and Doug) came out to hang with him. We chatted, and that’s about the time we took the above pic, which is from left - David, Monti, me and Ben. (Ignore my hair, the misters at Tempe Marketplace were on so high, it was being in a scene from “The Fog”. Also, ignore this statement because I’m embarassingly self-conscious about photos and I hate that fact.)
We went in, bought a bunch of raffle tickets, got our banana splits, and had a seat by David’s wife because he said he wanted to sit with us after he made his rounds of meeting everybody. All I can say is that during those 2 hours I think I talked more than I have during the last 5 years of my life put together (I’m not by nature, “social”). David and his wife (who’s from Germany) are so down-to-earth, we clicked immediately. David is hilarious, much different than he’s presented on the show because of selective editing. It was like hanging out with 2 old friends, something we all agreed on at the end of the function. David gave us his phone # and we all promised we were going to hang out once David and his wife, Bee, were settled into Phoenix, which wouldn’t probably be until Sept. because of obligations back in Chi and such. David starts work on his PhD in September at ASU so he has no choice but to be back here by then. :) He suggested we do a weekend thing together of quad-riding, barbecuing, etc. sometime soon when the temps get cooler. One of the raffles we submitted several entries into was for a prize of Monti and David coming to the winner’s house and cooking for them. I thought that would be so cool, because I could see the “magic” up close and David and Monti are both really fun people. When we didn’t win, and I made a sad face, David said “Eh, I’ll come cook for you guys, no biggie. Don’t worry about it.” I really can’t say enough about how nice he is. 
We chatted a bit with Monti and Ben at the end because Monti was basically the hostess of the whole thing since her radio station sponsored the function. They’re both really down-to-earth as well, and sincerely grateful that people came out to see them for the purpose of this fundraiser. (Eventually the place was packed, standing room only in one of the party rooms.)
After David, Monti and Ben left, Doug and I hung out and made good use of our all-day gaming cards. So much so, that the next day my right shoulder and arm were sore from shooting invading Terminators and playing marathon sessions of air hockey. (I’m a tough air hockey-er.) ;)
Last week and this week’s episodes of Masterchef were reruns because of the Olympics. (Apparently the corporate sponsors realize more people will watch the Olympics if there’s nothing new on TV competing against it.) So after the high of meeting David, Monti and Ben, I didn’t get to watch a new episode a couple of days later, so by the time a new one is on, I’ll have forgotten most of this and it won’t be as interesting. That’s how my brain works. If not fed continuously with stimulating activities, it quickly moves on to find them elsewhere… which is also why I hop on and off social media so much, and why I’ll probably avoid it for at least a few days so I can work on my multiple unfinished art projects. ;)

pigtailsandcombatboots:

I’ve been wanting to post this for a few days now, but there’s a lot of backstory involved and since I know I can get carried away with explaining things, I’ve been hesitant about trying to write a short and sweet summary. So here goes:

WARNING - I tried, but couldn’t make this short enough to appear readable at a glance (I know, I tend to skip reading long-winded posts because my ADD looks at them in horror.) I completely understand if you don’t read all or any of it. This has been in my drafts folder for several days now and I give up on trying to shorten it.

When I’m passionate about something, I throw myself completely into it. At some point I started watching Gordon Ramsay’s shows, andI discovered he wasn’t a jerk like the media makes him out to be. He is however, blatantly honest and straightforward, and has no patience for people that don’t try to always perform at their best. This perspective inpires me because I have a mediocre amount of motivation for anything, and I have a lot of difficulty using tact. Plus, tact is not very effective when it comes to motivating people, so why mess around and avoid getting right to the point?.This is the background of my passion for all things Gordon Ramsay.

Talented cooks amaze me, just like any other artist, except they do it with food, which at least to me, seems a lot harder. I enjoy watching cooking shows because I can’t comprehend how they can make something that tastes so good out of so few ingredients, in a limited amount of time. There’s so much technique and knowledge involved, I believe a very large part of it has to be instinctual. This puts me in awe.

I started watching Masterchef during season 2 and was hooked immediately. It’s like watching a REALLY interesting magic show (though I’ve never experienced a really interesting one), just without the illusion. I also enjoy seeing the varying degrees of passion and confidence in the contestants. I become involved in trying to dissect what can be interpreted from their psyches and their sources of motivations I don’t know how to explain it. It’s similar to the wonder I feel when I try to figure out how different artists see things the way they do, how they instinctually know how to mix colors, show textures, etc. It’s always interesting to know a little bit about the background of the artist to see what may have influenced their perspective. br />
As a result, I tend to ride the Masterchef wave with the contestants involved, and I was genuinely upset in season 2 when Ben was eliminated much earlier than I expected. His combination of talent and passion seemed the most genuine, but then the 3 judges Gordon Ramsay, Graham Elliot and Joe Bastianich know truckloads more than I do about food and cooking techniques, so by no means a source of an informed opinion on the subject.

At the beginning of season 3, they introduced the top 16 selected for the show with a little background about each one. Now, I’m always doing something else while I’m watching TV. I can’t just sit there and watch something, I have to be doing something like drawing or crafting at the same time, so I did a double take when I heard one contestant say he was from Brighton Park. Brighton Park is the little neighborhood I grew up in in Chicago, and where my parents still live currently. I chuckled, because the contestant, David Martinez, referred to it as “growing up in the ghetto”. There’s about a 10 year age difference between he and I and it wasn’t that bad when I was growing up, but the “ghetto-ing” was gradual. I went away to college at 17, but I came home every weekend to work for 7 years beyond that. I chuckled because my mom’s been calling it “the ghetto” for a long time, and I always thought she was being a tad bit overdramatic (as usual.) It’s harder to see when the change is gradual, I guess, but hearing David say it on national TV kind of smacked me in the face with the reality of my native ‘hood.

The point to all that is, neighborhoods are like badges of honor in Chicago. It’s not “I’m from Chicago”, it’s “I’m from Brighton Park/Gage Park/Lincoln Park/Wrigleyville/etc.” There’s over 200 of these neighborhoods in Chicago. It’s so rare to meet someone outside of the Chicagoland area that is from your neighborhood, and it’s even weirder to see someone mention it on TV. I immediately called my mom and dad and they started watching Masterchef in support of David, even though they have no idea who Gordon Ramsay is, because we support those that make it out of the ‘hood. (Seriously, not many do.)

Each of the Masterchef contestants have Twitter and Facebook accounts associated with the show, I’m guessing to help stir up interest. So, I sent a note to David on Facebook, basically saying, “Hey, I’m from Brighton Park too, small world, hope you win, etc.” He wrote back and via several messages we had some small convos talking about exactly where we lived, where we went to school, etc. I could ramble on easily here, but if you want to know more about David, here’s his Masterchef website profile - David Martinez.

Via convos and posts, I discovered that David was moving to Phoenix, oddly enough, this past week. I also discovered that Monti, another Masterchef contestant and another big fave of mine had already moved here and was now the morning host on one of the local radio stations here - “Monti in the Morning”. This past weekend, they both joined up with Season 2 contestant Ben Starr (my fave from that season, as I mentioned above) to host a fundraiser for Phoenix Children’s Hospital at Dave and Buster’s in Tempe. I wanted to meet the 3 of them, especially David, since we had been communicating online, and for the fact that he’s automatically my “neighborhood bro”.

The fundraiser was scheduled from 11am-1pm and was $10 to get in, with raffles, free banana splits donated from Cold Stone Creamery and a free all-day gaming pass at D&B’s (score!) There wasn’t a lot of people there at the beginning, because it’s kind of a niche group of fans. Plus, they’re not celebrities, they’re real people with tons of amazing talent, which unliike a lot of people, is more of a motivation for me to meet them than any “celebrity status”-type.

The three of them walked up to the front door of D&B’s together where a few of us were standing because we weren’t allowed to go in yet. They put their stuff inside and then came back out to hang out with everybody and take pics. Before they went in, David saw me and subsequently ran over and gave me a big hug, saying that he thought it was awesome that we (me and Doug) came out to hang with him. We chatted, and that’s about the time we took the above pic, which is from left - David, Monti, me and Ben. (Ignore my hair, the misters at Tempe Marketplace were on so high, it was being in a scene from “The Fog”. Also, ignore this statement because I’m embarassingly self-conscious about photos and I hate that fact.)

We went in, bought a bunch of raffle tickets, got our banana splits, and had a seat by David’s wife because he said he wanted to sit with us after he made his rounds of meeting everybody. All I can say is that during those 2 hours I think I talked more than I have during the last 5 years of my life put together (I’m not by nature, “social”). David and his wife (who’s from Germany) are so down-to-earth, we clicked immediately. David is hilarious, much different than he’s presented on the show because of selective editing. It was like hanging out with 2 old friends, something we all agreed on at the end of the function. David gave us his phone # and we all promised we were going to hang out once David and his wife, Bee, were settled into Phoenix, which wouldn’t probably be until Sept. because of obligations back in Chi and such. David starts work on his PhD in September at ASU so he has no choice but to be back here by then. :) He suggested we do a weekend thing together of quad-riding, barbecuing, etc. sometime soon when the temps get cooler. One of the raffles we submitted several entries into was for a prize of Monti and David coming to the winner’s house and cooking for them. I thought that would be so cool, because I could see the “magic” up close and David and Monti are both really fun people. When we didn’t win, and I made a sad face, David said “Eh, I’ll come cook for you guys, no biggie. Don’t worry about it.” I really can’t say enough about how nice he is.

We chatted a bit with Monti and Ben at the end because Monti was basically the hostess of the whole thing since her radio station sponsored the function. They’re both really down-to-earth as well, and sincerely grateful that people came out to see them for the purpose of this fundraiser. (Eventually the place was packed, standing room only in one of the party rooms.)

After David, Monti and Ben left, Doug and I hung out and made good use of our all-day gaming cards. So much so, that the next day my right shoulder and arm were sore from shooting invading Terminators and playing marathon sessions of air hockey. (I’m a tough air hockey-er.) ;)

Last week and this week’s episodes of Masterchef were reruns because of the Olympics. (Apparently the corporate sponsors realize more people will watch the Olympics if there’s nothing new on TV competing against it.) So after the high of meeting David, Monti and Ben, I didn’t get to watch a new episode a couple of days later, so by the time a new one is on, I’ll have forgotten most of this and it won’t be as interesting. That’s how my brain works. If not fed continuously with stimulating activities, it quickly moves on to find them elsewhere… which is also why I hop on and off social media so much, and why I’ll probably avoid it for at least a few days so I can work on my multiple unfinished art projects. ;)

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Hi all!
I haven’t been keeping up with Hell’s Kitchen and Masterchef on here because there’s just so much weekly information that I don’t want to overload you with recaps of every episode, when a lot of you are probably watching the shows anyway.
This is a great site for recaps - Reality TV Magazine. They have all the reality shows that they keep up with listed alphabetically on the left hand side of the screen and Hell’s Kitchen and Masterchef are both on there. 
Hope you’re enjoying the shows! I am…Hell’s Kitchen seems a bit repetitve to me, like they have the same ups and downs and characters every season, but I’m still watching. :)

Hi all!

I haven’t been keeping up with Hell’s Kitchen and Masterchef on here because there’s just so much weekly information that I don’t want to overload you with recaps of every episode, when a lot of you are probably watching the shows anyway.

This is a great site for recaps - Reality TV Magazine. They have all the reality shows that they keep up with listed alphabetically on the left hand side of the screen and Hell’s Kitchen and Masterchef are both on there.

Hope you’re enjoying the shows! I am…Hell’s Kitchen seems a bit repetitve to me, like they have the same ups and downs and characters every season, but I’m still watching. :)

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Gordon Ramsey, Joe Bastianich and Graham Elliot Announce the ‘MasterChef’ Top 18 Finalists (plus a little bit about my top pick, David Martinez, not only from my hometown of Chicago but from my hood - Brighton Park on the South Side of Chi)About David Martinez (facebook link MC3David)
From his website From Fire To Table - “There is a ton I would like to share with the From Fire To Table family and it will all come out in my blog posts, recipes, and other avenues. For now though I really want you guys to get a sense of who I am as a cook, as a person, and where this all started. So how does a kid from the Back of The Yards neighborhood in Chicago go on a television show, more so, a television show about cooking? It’s simple really, I have a huge passion for food, that’s it.
Growing up I didn’t like school. That sounds funny from a person who worked so hard to get his education, but really I hated school. I hated listening to adults, I hated sitting still, I hated the whole idea of it. I didn’t like the confinement of the classroom. I have and always will be a person who stares. I would constantly stare out of our windows. I wanted to be out there with my hands in the dirt, creating something, feeling and almost fumbling my way through life. So what does that have to do with food? Well it’s easy, I used to skip school a lot. We aren’t talking about high school either. I mean I missed school a lot way back in fourth grade, fifth grade, and sixth grade. I would find any excuse to stay home.  My stomach hurts, I have a headache, I can’t concentrate, my leprechaun died, our dog is missing, just anything to get out of school. I would miss school and watch WTTW.
For those of you that grew up in Chicago in the 80’s you know about WTTW it is a Chicago public broadcast station. Funny thing about WTTW after the kids educational programming, but before the BBC news hour at 3:00 pm there were nothing but cooking shows. It was great. I would stay home watch Jeff Smith, Graham Kerr, Julia Child, Jacques Pepin, Ming Tsai, Martin Yan and the like cook. I admired the way they moved I wanted to emulate what they were doing so I started cooking.
Fast forward some years and here I am. Coming off of an amazing experience and hoping to share my feelings about food, my recipes, and my inner workings with our From Fire To Table family. You will hear me say we a lot, and I mean it. This is our website. Let me know what you think, what you would like to see, and how you do things. Until then, take care.
DMAR”About the 18 finalists:

“After a nationwide search drew nearly 30,000 hopefuls, the Top Amateur Cooks were flown to Los Angeles for a chance to become America’s next MASTERCHEF. Following a grueling round of auditions and culinary boot camp, the MASTERCHEF judges have chosen this season’s Top 18 finalists: Stacey Amagrande, Monti Carlo, Michael Chen, Tali Clavijo, Samantha de Silva, Felix Fang, Christine Ha, Mike Hill, Helene Leeds, Scott Little, Dave Mack, Josh Marks, David Martinez, Frank Mirando, Tanya Noble, Becky Reams, Anna Rossi and Ryan Umane. Only one finalist will be crowned the MASTERCHEF winner and walk away with a cookbook deal and the $250,000 grand prize.
The competition continues tomorrow, Tuesday, June 12 (9:00-10:00 PM ET/PT), on FOX as the Top 18 enter the MASTERCHEF kitchen for the first time and compete in their first mystery box challenge. The contestants have one hour to prepare a dish using only the surprise ingredients, and the weakest dish will send one contestant home. Later, the judges will challenge the remaining hopefuls to cook an outstanding risotto dish in an elimination round that will end the competition for one more amateur cook.
On Monday, June 18 (9:00-10:00 PM ET/PT), the judges put the remaining 16 contestants through the ultimate culinary boot camp when they visit military base Camp Pendleton, CA. The amateur cooks will split up into two teams to prepare a healthy and balanced meal for 201 servicemen and women. Elimination is on the line as the losing team will complete an intense pressure test that will send another contestant home.
Below are the MASTERCHEF Top 18:
Stacey Amagrande
Age: 29
Occupation: Farmer’s Market Manager
Hometown: Apple Valley, CA
Keep up with Stacey at:
www.twitter.com/MC3Stacey
www.facebook.com/MC3Stacey
Monti Carlo
Age: 36
Occupation: Homemaker
Hometown: Los Angeles, CA
Keep up with Monti at:
www.twitter.com/MC3Monti
www.facebook.com/MC3Monti
Favorite Dish To Cook: “Oxtail Stew! It’s a slow cook recipe, so it takes all day to prepare, but the way your house smells about two hours in is outrageous!”
Michael Chen
Age: 19
Occupation: College Student (Meteorology)
Hometown: Austin, TX
Keep up with Michael at:
www.twitter.com/MC3Michael
www.facebook.com/MC3Michael
Favorite Dish To Cook: “My signature dish – dumplings! It’s such a simple concept, but I love how anybody can have a role in helping to make them. I’ve made dumplings with 70-year-olds and five-year-olds.”
Tali Clavijo
Age: 29
Occupation: Musician
Hometown: Chicago, IL
Keep up with Tali at:
www.twitter.com/MC3Tali
www.facebook.com/MC3Tali
Favorite Dish To Cook: “Foam, sous vide and explosive spheres. I love to transform and reinvent simple foods into modern masterpieces.”
Samantha de Silva
Age: 27
Occupation: Design Consultant
Hometown: Miami Beach, FL
Keep up with Samantha at:
www.twitter.com/MC3Samantha
www.facebook.com/MC3Samantha
Favorite Dish To Cook: “Black truffle and pancetta brioche bread pudding topped with a poached egg. I adore the earthiness of the truffle, mixed with the rich saltiness of pancetta and the wonderful creaminess of the egg yellow. Truly decadent! ”
Felix Fang
Age: 24
Occupation: Food Runner
Hometown: Hollywood, CA
Keep up with Felix at:
www.twitter.com/MC3Felix
www.facebook.com/MC3Felix
Favorite Dish To Cook: “I don’t have just one favorite thing to cook! But I enjoy exploring new cuisines and trying unfamiliar techniques. I make a lot of kettle corn because it’s a fast, cheap and tasty treat.”
Christine Ha
Age: 32
Occupation: Graduate Student
Hometown: Houston, TX
Keep up with Christine at:
www.twitter.com/MC3Christine
www.facebook.com/MC3Christine
Favorite Dish To Cook: “Vietnamese eggrolls. My mom used to make them for special occasions, and they were my favorite thing to eat growing up. As for sweets, I love making ice cream and I have been experimenting with various creative flavors, like honey lavender.”
Mike Hill
Age: 40
Occupation: Contractor
Hometown: Powder Springs, GA
Keep up with Mike at:
www.twitter.com/MC3Mike
www.facebook.com/MC3Mike
Favorite Dish To Cook: “French toast – a Sunday tradition in my house. My daughter and I get up early on Sunday, go shopping and make French toast together. I wouldn’t trade that for anything.”
Helene Leeds
Age: 35
Occupation: Health Coach
Hometown: Baldwin, MD
Keep up with Helene at:
www.twitter.com/MC3Helene
www.facebook.com/MC3Helene
Favorite Dish To Cook: “Salads and raw superfood brownies and cheesecakes. Yum!”
Scott Little
Age: 38
Occupation: Interactive Producer
Hometown: Annandale, VA
Keep up with Scott at:
www.twitter.com/MC3Scott
www.facebook.com/MC3Scott
Favorite Dish To Cook: “Pork shoulder, because the amazing flavors are so versatile. You can create tons of different hearty dishes from it.”
Dave Mack
Age: 27
Occupation: Food Sales Director
Hometown: Davie, FL
Keep up with Dave at:
www.twitter.com/MC3Dave
www.facebook.com/MC3Dave
Favorite Dish To Cook: “Tomato-based sauces that are good enough to eat like soups. While road-tripping for three months, I picked fresh, ripe tomatoes and made the best chunky marinara sauce.”
Josh Marks
Age: 24
Occupation: U.S. Army Contract Specialist
Currently Resides: Jackson, MS
Keep up with Josh at:
www.twitter.com/MC3Josh
www.facebook.com/MC3Josh
Favorite Dish To Cook: “My signature dish – étouffée. It’s versatile enough to make anyone like étouffée. I enjoy trying different variations, like shrimp, chicken or crawfish. I’m drooling just thinking about it!”
David Martinez
Age: 32
Occupation: Educational Administrator
Currently Resides: Glencoe, IL
Keep up with David at:
www.twitter.com/MC3David
www.facebook.com/MC3David
Favorite Dish To Cook: “My favorite thing to cook is always something I haven’t made before. I love the challenge of making something new for weeks until I get it perfect.”
Frank Mirando
Age: 28
Occupation: Stockbroker
Hometown: Holtsville, NY
Keep up with Frank at:,br />
www.twitter.com/MC3Frank
www.facebook.com/MC3Frank
Favorite Dish To Cook: “Long-braised pork tomato sauce, a.k.a. Sunday sauce. It’s the meal that has brought my family and most other Italian American families together every week for generations.”
Tanya Noble
Age: 21
Occupation: Sociology Student
Hometown: Austin, TX
Keep up with Tanya at:
www.twitter.com/MC3Tanya
www.facebook.com/MC3Tanya
Favorite Dish To Cook: “A good piece of pan-fried chicken. Perhaps it’s my southern roots (I was born in Texas after all!), or perhaps it’s something about how deliciously crispy the skin gets, but either way, I love it!”
Becky Reams
Age: 26
Occupation: Food Photographer
Hometown: Stilwell, KS
Keep up with Becky at:
www.twitter.com/MC3Becky,br />
www.facebook.com/MC3Becky
Favorite Dish To Cook: “Anything that is regional, local and in season. I try to cook regionally by cooking with local seafood, produce and sustainably-raised meats.”
Anna Rossi
Age: 28
Occupation: Pharmaceutical Sales Representative
Hometown: Boston, MA
Keep up with Anna at:
www.twitter.com/MC3Anna
www.facebook.com/MC3Anna
Favorite Dish To Cook: “Local and seasonal food. I love preparing food that is intentional, that has a story and celebrates our community and where we live.”
Ryan Umane
Age: 26
Occupation: Unemployed
Hometown: New York, NY
Keep up with Ryan at:
www.twitter.com/MC3Ryan
www.facebook.com/MC3Ryan
Favorite Dish To Cook: “My special meatloaf. It’s quick, easy, delicious, economical and lasts me all week.”

Gordon Ramsey, Joe Bastianich and Graham Elliot Announce the ‘MasterChef’ Top 18 Finalists (plus a little bit about my top pick, David Martinez, not only from my hometown of Chicago but from my hood - Brighton Park on the South Side of Chi)

About David Martinez (facebook link MC3David)

From his website From Fire To Table - “There is a ton I would like to share with the From Fire To Table family and it will all come out in my blog posts, recipes, and other avenues. For now though I really want you guys to get a sense of who I am as a cook, as a person, and where this all started. So how does a kid from the Back of The Yards neighborhood in Chicago go on a television show, more so, a television show about cooking? It’s simple really, I have a huge passion for food, that’s it.

Growing up I didn’t like school. That sounds funny from a person who worked so hard to get his education, but really I hated school. I hated listening to adults, I hated sitting still, I hated the whole idea of it. I didn’t like the confinement of the classroom. I have and always will be a person who stares. I would constantly stare out of our windows. I wanted to be out there with my hands in the dirt, creating something, feeling and almost fumbling my way through life. So what does that have to do with food? Well it’s easy, I used to skip school a lot. We aren’t talking about high school either. I mean I missed school a lot way back in fourth grade, fifth grade, and sixth grade. I would find any excuse to stay home. My stomach hurts, I have a headache, I can’t concentrate, my leprechaun died, our dog is missing, just anything to get out of school. I would miss school and watch WTTW.

For those of you that grew up in Chicago in the 80’s you know about WTTW it is a Chicago public broadcast station. Funny thing about WTTW after the kids educational programming, but before the BBC news hour at 3:00 pm there were nothing but cooking shows. It was great. I would stay home watch Jeff Smith, Graham Kerr, Julia Child, Jacques Pepin, Ming Tsai, Martin Yan and the like cook. I admired the way they moved I wanted to emulate what they were doing so I started cooking.

Fast forward some years and here I am. Coming off of an amazing experience and hoping to share my feelings about food, my recipes, and my inner workings with our From Fire To Table family. You will hear me say we a lot, and I mean it. This is our website. Let me know what you think, what you would like to see, and how you do things. Until then, take care.

DMAR”

About the 18 finalists:

“After a nationwide search drew nearly 30,000 hopefuls, the Top Amateur Cooks were flown to Los Angeles for a chance to become America’s next MASTERCHEF. Following a grueling round of auditions and culinary boot camp, the MASTERCHEF judges have chosen this season’s Top 18 finalists: Stacey Amagrande, Monti Carlo, Michael Chen, Tali Clavijo, Samantha de Silva, Felix Fang, Christine Ha, Mike Hill, Helene Leeds, Scott Little, Dave Mack, Josh Marks, David Martinez, Frank Mirando, Tanya Noble, Becky Reams, Anna Rossi and Ryan Umane. Only one finalist will be crowned the MASTERCHEF winner and walk away with a cookbook deal and the $250,000 grand prize.

The competition continues tomorrow, Tuesday, June 12 (9:00-10:00 PM ET/PT), on FOX as the Top 18 enter the MASTERCHEF kitchen for the first time and compete in their first mystery box challenge. The contestants have one hour to prepare a dish using only the surprise ingredients, and the weakest dish will send one contestant home. Later, the judges will challenge the remaining hopefuls to cook an outstanding risotto dish in an elimination round that will end the competition for one more amateur cook.

On Monday, June 18 (9:00-10:00 PM ET/PT), the judges put the remaining 16 contestants through the ultimate culinary boot camp when they visit military base Camp Pendleton, CA. The amateur cooks will split up into two teams to prepare a healthy and balanced meal for 201 servicemen and women. Elimination is on the line as the losing team will complete an intense pressure test that will send another contestant home.

Below are the MASTERCHEF Top 18:
Stacey Amagrande
Age: 29
Occupation: Farmer’s Market Manager
Hometown: Apple Valley, CA
Keep up with Stacey at:
www.twitter.com/MC3Stacey
www.facebook.com/MC3Stacey

Monti Carlo
Age: 36
Occupation: Homemaker
Hometown: Los Angeles, CA
Keep up with Monti at:
www.twitter.com/MC3Monti
www.facebook.com/MC3Monti
Favorite Dish To Cook: “Oxtail Stew! It’s a slow cook recipe, so it takes all day to prepare, but the way your house smells about two hours in is outrageous!”

Michael Chen
Age: 19
Occupation: College Student (Meteorology)
Hometown: Austin, TX
Keep up with Michael at:
www.twitter.com/MC3Michael
www.facebook.com/MC3Michael
Favorite Dish To Cook: “My signature dish – dumplings! It’s such a simple concept, but I love how anybody can have a role in helping to make them. I’ve made dumplings with 70-year-olds and five-year-olds.”

Tali Clavijo
Age: 29
Occupation: Musician
Hometown: Chicago, IL
Keep up with Tali at:
www.twitter.com/MC3Tali
www.facebook.com/MC3Tali
Favorite Dish To Cook: “Foam, sous vide and explosive spheres. I love to transform and reinvent simple foods into modern masterpieces.”

Samantha de Silva
Age: 27
Occupation: Design Consultant
Hometown: Miami Beach, FL
Keep up with Samantha at:
www.twitter.com/MC3Samantha
www.facebook.com/MC3Samantha
Favorite Dish To Cook: “Black truffle and pancetta brioche bread pudding topped with a poached egg. I adore the earthiness of the truffle, mixed with the rich saltiness of pancetta and the wonderful creaminess of the egg yellow. Truly decadent! ”

Felix Fang
Age: 24
Occupation: Food Runner
Hometown: Hollywood, CA
Keep up with Felix at:
www.twitter.com/MC3Felix
www.facebook.com/MC3Felix
Favorite Dish To Cook: “I don’t have just one favorite thing to cook! But I enjoy exploring new cuisines and trying unfamiliar techniques. I make a lot of kettle corn because it’s a fast, cheap and tasty treat.”

Christine Ha
Age: 32
Occupation: Graduate Student
Hometown: Houston, TX
Keep up with Christine at:
www.twitter.com/MC3Christine
www.facebook.com/MC3Christine
Favorite Dish To Cook: “Vietnamese eggrolls. My mom used to make them for special occasions, and they were my favorite thing to eat growing up. As for sweets, I love making ice cream and I have been experimenting with various creative flavors, like honey lavender.”

Mike Hill
Age: 40
Occupation: Contractor
Hometown: Powder Springs, GA
Keep up with Mike at:
www.twitter.com/MC3Mike
www.facebook.com/MC3Mike
Favorite Dish To Cook: “French toast – a Sunday tradition in my house. My daughter and I get up early on Sunday, go shopping and make French toast together. I wouldn’t trade that for anything.”

Helene Leeds
Age: 35
Occupation: Health Coach
Hometown: Baldwin, MD
Keep up with Helene at:
www.twitter.com/MC3Helene
www.facebook.com/MC3Helene
Favorite Dish To Cook: “Salads and raw superfood brownies and cheesecakes. Yum!”

Scott Little
Age: 38
Occupation: Interactive Producer
Hometown: Annandale, VA
Keep up with Scott at:
www.twitter.com/MC3Scott
www.facebook.com/MC3Scott
Favorite Dish To Cook: “Pork shoulder, because the amazing flavors are so versatile. You can create tons of different hearty dishes from it.”

Dave Mack
Age: 27
Occupation: Food Sales Director
Hometown: Davie, FL
Keep up with Dave at:
www.twitter.com/MC3Dave
www.facebook.com/MC3Dave
Favorite Dish To Cook: “Tomato-based sauces that are good enough to eat like soups. While road-tripping for three months, I picked fresh, ripe tomatoes and made the best chunky marinara sauce.”

Josh Marks
Age: 24
Occupation: U.S. Army Contract Specialist
Currently Resides: Jackson, MS
Keep up with Josh at:
www.twitter.com/MC3Josh
www.facebook.com/MC3Josh
Favorite Dish To Cook: “My signature dish – étouffée. It’s versatile enough to make anyone like étouffée. I enjoy trying different variations, like shrimp, chicken or crawfish. I’m drooling just thinking about it!”

David Martinez
Age: 32
Occupation: Educational Administrator
Currently Resides: Glencoe, IL
Keep up with David at:
www.twitter.com/MC3David
www.facebook.com/MC3David
Favorite Dish To Cook: “My favorite thing to cook is always something I haven’t made before. I love the challenge of making something new for weeks until I get it perfect.”

Frank Mirando
Age: 28
Occupation: Stockbroker
Hometown: Holtsville, NY
Keep up with Frank at:,br /> www.twitter.com/MC3Frank
www.facebook.com/MC3Frank
Favorite Dish To Cook: “Long-braised pork tomato sauce, a.k.a. Sunday sauce. It’s the meal that has brought my family and most other Italian American families together every week for generations.”

Tanya Noble
Age: 21
Occupation: Sociology Student
Hometown: Austin, TX
Keep up with Tanya at:
www.twitter.com/MC3Tanya
www.facebook.com/MC3Tanya
Favorite Dish To Cook: “A good piece of pan-fried chicken. Perhaps it’s my southern roots (I was born in Texas after all!), or perhaps it’s something about how deliciously crispy the skin gets, but either way, I love it!”

Becky Reams
Age: 26
Occupation: Food Photographer
Hometown: Stilwell, KS
Keep up with Becky at:
www.twitter.com/MC3Becky,br /> www.facebook.com/MC3Becky
Favorite Dish To Cook: “Anything that is regional, local and in season. I try to cook regionally by cooking with local seafood, produce and sustainably-raised meats.”

Anna Rossi
Age: 28
Occupation: Pharmaceutical Sales Representative
Hometown: Boston, MA
Keep up with Anna at:
www.twitter.com/MC3Anna
www.facebook.com/MC3Anna
Favorite Dish To Cook: “Local and seasonal food. I love preparing food that is intentional, that has a story and celebrates our community and where we live.”

Ryan Umane
Age: 26
Occupation: Unemployed
Hometown: New York, NY
Keep up with Ryan at:
www.twitter.com/MC3Ryan
www.facebook.com/MC3Ryan
Favorite Dish To Cook: “My special meatloaf. It’s quick, easy, delicious, economical and lasts me all week.”

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Some updated info on Masterchef casting for Season 3: Be the next MASTERCHEF
“Chef Gordon Ramsay will once again give talented amateur cooks the chance to prove to him, and to fellow judges, restaurateur Joe Bastianich (Del Posto, Eataly) and Chef Graham Elliot (Graham Elliot, Grahamwich), that they have what it takes to make their mark on the culinary world. 
In the series, Ramsay, Bastianich and Elliot coach and critique the amateur cooks in a series of challenges designed to test their palates, knowledge and determination to follow their dreams of making a mark in the culinary world.
MASTERCHEF will travel to more cities than ever before to uncover the country’s very best amateur cooks. Open casting calls begin Saturday, Oct. 29 in the following cities:
Saturday, November 5, 2011 
3221 Enterprise Way Miramar, FL 33025
10:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Saturday, November 5, 2011 
215 First St Cambridge, MA 02142
10:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Saturday, November 12, 2011 
125 Michigan Ave Northeast Washington DC 20017
10:00 AM – 6:00 PM
Saturday, November 12, 2011
1927 Lakeside Parkway Tucker, GA 30084
10:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Saturday, November 19, 2011 
5717 White Bluff Road Savannah, GA 31405
10:00 AM – 6:00 PM
Saturday, November 19, 2011 
3110 Esperanza Crossing 
Suite 100Austin, TX 78758
10:00 AM – 6:00 PM
Saturday, December 3, 2011 
360 Corporate Drive North Tukwila, WA 98188
10:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Saturday, December 3, 2011 
361 West Chestnut Chicago, IL 60610
10:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Saturday, December 10, 2011 
135 West 52nd St 
(B/w 6th & 7th)New York, NY 10019
10:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Saturday, December 10, 2011 
350 Rhode Island St San Francisco, CA 94103
10:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Over the past two seasons, the $250,000 grand prize and title of “MasterChef” have gone to Jennifer Behm, a realtor from Wilmington, DE; and Whitney Miller, a student from Poplarville, MS. 
Since winning the show, Whitney Miller released her first cookbook, while Jennifer Behm is currently writing a cookbook and already has established a successful private catering company.
Additional casting information, including forms and eligibility requirements, are available online at http://www.masterchefcasting.com.”

Some updated info on Masterchef casting for Season 3:

Be the next MASTERCHEF

“Chef Gordon Ramsay will once again give talented amateur cooks the chance to prove to him, and to fellow judges, restaurateur Joe Bastianich (Del Posto, Eataly) and Chef Graham Elliot (Graham Elliot, Grahamwich), that they have what it takes to make their mark on the culinary world.

In the series, Ramsay, Bastianich and Elliot coach and critique the amateur cooks in a series of challenges designed to test their palates, knowledge and determination to follow their dreams of making a mark in the culinary world.

MASTERCHEF will travel to more cities than ever before to uncover the country’s very best amateur cooks. Open casting calls begin Saturday, Oct. 29 in the following cities:

Saturday, November 5, 2011 
3221 Enterprise Way
Miramar, FL 33025
10:00 AM - 6:00 PM

Saturday, November 5, 2011 
215 First St
Cambridge, MA 02142
10:00 AM - 6:00 PM

Saturday, November 12, 2011 
125 Michigan Ave Northeast
Washington DC 20017
10:00 AM – 6:00 PM

Saturday, November 12, 2011
1927 Lakeside Parkway
Tucker, GA 30084

10:00 AM - 6:00 PM

Saturday, November 19, 2011 
5717 White Bluff Road
Savannah, GA 31405
10:00 AM – 6:00 PM

Saturday, November 19, 2011 
3110 Esperanza Crossing
Suite 100
Austin, TX 78758
10:00 AM – 6:00 PM

Saturday, December 3, 2011 
360 Corporate Drive North
Tukwila, WA 98188
10:00 AM - 6:00 PM

Saturday, December 3, 2011 
361 West Chestnut
Chicago, IL 60610
10:00 AM - 6:00 PM

Saturday, December 10, 2011 
135 West 52nd St
(B/w 6th & 7th)
New York, NY 10019
10:00 AM - 6:00 PM

Saturday, December 10, 2011 
350 Rhode Island St
San Francisco, CA 94103
10:00 AM - 6:00 PM

Over the past two seasons, the $250,000 grand prize and title of “MasterChef” have gone to Jennifer Behm, a realtor from Wilmington, DE; and Whitney Miller, a student from Poplarville, MS.

Since winning the show, Whitney Miller released her first cookbook, while Jennifer Behm is currently writing a cookbook and already has established a successful private catering company.

Additional casting information, including forms and eligibility requirements, are available online at http://www.masterchefcasting.com.”

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