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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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