“Hero Shots and pickup interviews” 2.20.11: In the morning we do a publicity photo shoot and create out “EPK” –Electronic Press Kit. You can see my interview here… Later in the morning, we’re back on set today as individuals for our “Hero shots”. These are the 3 second clips of us doing something that looks cool for the camera that will run at the beginning of the show.
“1st Mystery Box” 2.12.11: We are in the MasterChef kitchen for the first time today. We had done the signature dish, apple chop, and chicken challenge in an old warehouse in Compton. The place was filthy…hard to believe we prepared food there. The “Real” MasterChef Kitchen is a lot closer to our hotel and has one big benefit right off the bat: Air Conditioning! (Yeah, the warehouse was THAT bad!)
“The Pre-Egg Challenge” 2.11.11: Last season, the first cooking challenge was to create a dish featuring a single egg. There’s lots of speculation on what this year’s version will be. Potato and chicken are popular theories. On the morning of the 11th, we are taken in small groups to a “food safety” class. We arrive near the Beverley Center and the Casting PA’s walk us to a small cooking school. Sandee is there! We are cooking! It turns out that this “Food Safety” course is a impromptu “informal” cooking challenge!
Friends, family and readers of this blog… Many of you have supported me on a recent quest to be America’s Next MASTERCHEF… The support you have shown, some all the way back to filling out the original application and first level audition, has been incredible! I’m happy to announce that I WAS SELECTED AS ONE OF ONE HUNDRED CONTESTANTS! Earlier this year I was flown to Los Angeles and had the pleasure of cooking for Gordon Ramsay, Graham Elliot, and Joe Bastianich… Tune in Mondays and Tuesdays starting June 6th at 8pm/7central on FOX to find out what happens! Thanks for your support!
Click to read the entire press announcement, and find out who the other finalists are!