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'MasterChef' Amanda Saab On What The Show Has Done For Her

June 30th, 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

June 29th, 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'

June 23rd, 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'

June 22nd, 2015 4:04pm EDT
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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

June 17th, 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

June 16th, 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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NC Man Charged With Murder Of Pregnant Food Network Star

March 19th, 2015 7:40pm EDT
Cristie Schoen Codd
A North Carolina man was arrested Monday evening and charged with murdering former Food Network Star contestant Cristie Schoen Codd, 38, and her husband Joseph "JT" Codd, 45, along with their unborn baby.

The couple were reported missing on Sunday by family members who said their Leicester, North Carolina, home didn't "look right" and the couple hadn't been heard from for several days.

Robert Jason Owens, 36, a neighbor of the couple, was arrested Monday night and charged with two counts of felony first-degree murder, one count of murder of an unborn child, breaking and entering and larce...
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TV Preview: 'Hell's Kitchen' Season 14

March 3rd, 2015 2:09pm EST
TV Preview: 'Hell's Kitchen' Season 14
With MasterChef Junior over, FOX turns to the fourteenth season of Hell's Kitchen to provide the network with its regular dose of Gordon Ramsay. But is the latest edition of the cooking competition worth the watch, especially as it's now pitted against NBC's The Voice?

To give you an idea of this show's longevity, Hell's Kitchen now has exactly the same number of seasons as American Idol. You know generally what to expect when you tune in, especially to tonight's premiere episode.

Every season always starts with the signature dish challenge, in which cooks whip up their best work for Rams...
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Adam Richman Presides Over A Culinary Battle Pitting Home Cooks Against Pro Chefs On NBC's 'Food Fighters'

July 21st, 2014 11:00am EDT
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It is the ultimate culinary battle, pitting home cook against professional chef to win $10,000. But what makes NBC's "Food Fighters" different than other cooking competition shows is it's host. A classically trained chef? A food historian? Rather, the man presiding over this cooking race is none other than Adam Richman; food and television personality best known for eating his way through American than judging its food and chefs.

Richman's job as host of this unique series is to be a sounding board for the contestants and professionals, a live-action voice over if you will, narrating not o...
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Tiffany Derry Goes From 'Bar Rescue' To 'Hungry Investors'

May 4th, 2014 12:05pm EDT
Tiffany Derry Goes From 'Bar Rescue' To 'Hungry Investors'
Spike TV viewers are getting a double shot of Tiffany Derry tonight. First, she's helping Jon Taffer save another establishment on Bar Rescue; then she's teaming up with Taffer and John Besh as the trio of entrepreneurs at the heart of the new series Hungry Investors, where two struggling restaurants go head-to-head and the winner takes home a much-needed investment. BFTV caught up with Tiffany last week to talk about Hungry Investors.

Tonight isn't Tiffany's first appearance on Bar Rescue, so did that have anything to do with her new gig? "I guess it's all related," she told us. "I knew B...
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