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Spoiler Alert! Who Won MasterChef?

Spoiler Alert! First Interview with MasterChef's New Winner

Originally posted 09/15/2014 10:05PM

Since May, this season's crop of MasterChef hopefuls have been thrown a lot of curveballs.

Making a dozen immaculate donuts, elevating canned food, baking three pies in two hours and sculpting a croquembouche – basically a tower of cream puffs bound by caramel – in ninety minutes were just a handful of the heart-racing challenges.

On Monday night, a new winner of the hit Fox reality competition rose up from the sweat and tears in the kitchen: Courtney Lapresi, 25.

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MasterChef's Top 2 Show Off Their Final Dishes

PEOPLE Tastes the MasterChef Final Dishes

Originally posted 09/15/2014 05:00PM

Which chef is best?

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Buckle Up! It's the Craziest Reality Show Meltdowns

Buckle Up! It's the Craziest Reality Show Meltdowns

Originally posted 10/17/2013 02:05PM

From Survivor to Top Model, see who has totally lost it on camera

WATCH IT!

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MasterChef's Josh Marks Diagnosed with Schizophrenia Before Suicide, Says Mom

Josh Marks Diagnosed with Schizophrenia Before Suicide, Says Mom

Originally posted 10/13/2013 05:00PM

Prior to MasterChef finalist Josh Marks's suicide on Friday, his family says he'd been diagnosed with schizophrenia.

"He couldn't bear the thought of another diagnosis," Marks's mother, Paulette Mitchell, told the Chicago Tribune. "He was just coming to accept the diagnosis of bipolar."

After picking Marks up from a Mercy Hospital and Medical Center treatment program on Thursday, Mitchell says she noticed her son was visibly upset and stayed with him that night. She spent most of Friday with him until she left to pick her daughter up from school. Hours later, she received a call from her brother that Marks was walking in an alley with a gun.

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MasterChef's Josh Marks Commits Suicide

UpdatePosted 10/12/2013 02:45PM

Josh Marks of MasterChef Is Dead

Originally posted 10/12/2013 12:30PM

MasterChef finalist Josh Marks was pronounced dead Friday night in a suicide.

Chicago police confirm to PEOPLE that the 26-year-old's body was found at 6:37 p.m. in the city's South Side.

"Joshua Marks suffered a gunshot wound to the head and the manner of death was suicide," the Chicago Medical Examiner's office confirms to PEOPLE.

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MasterChef Judge Graham Elliot Loses 91 lbs. – See the Result | Graham Elliot

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Graham Elliot Loses 91 lbs. Since Weight-Loss Surgery

Originally posted 09/12/2013 07:45PM

Nearly two months after having weight loss surgery, MasterChef judge Graham Elliot has lost 91 lbs.

"It's going to be a huge party when I hit 299 lbs.," says the Chicago-based chef, who is just six pounds shy of his goal.

"That will be the first time in well over a decade that I've been under 300 [lbs.] I see people on the street who are the size I was only a few months ago, and it's like, 'Man, I wish you could feel what I am feeling right now, it's absolutely life-changing.' "

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Joe Bastianich's MasterChef Blog: Nice Guys Finish First | Joe Bastianich

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UpdatePosted 09/12/2013 06:45PM

Joe Bastianich's MasterChef Blog: Nice Guys Finish First

Originally posted 09/12/2013 03:00PM

Joe Bastianich is a restaurateur, winemaker, author and one of the judges of MasterChef. He is blogging each week about the show's search for the best home cooks. Follow him on Twitter @Jbastianich or visit joebastianich.com.

Hello MasterChef fans,

In what was the absolute closest call to date in all four seasons of MasterChef USA, Italian Stallion Luca defeated Croatian Sensation Natasha by the slimmest of slim margins!

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Joe Bastianich: How MasterChef's Top 2 Made it to the End

UpdatePosted 09/05/2013 08:15PM

Joe Bastianich's MasterChef Blog: It's Down to Two!

Originally posted 09/05/2013 11:00AM

Joe Bastianich is a restaurateur, winemaker, author and one of the judges of MasterChef. He is blogging each week about the show's search for the best home cooks. Follow him on Twitter @Jbastianich or visit joebastianich.com.

It's down to two, MasterChef fans!

The first mystery box tag team challenge proved a little too much for Krissi's abilities as well as her self-restraint. I don't mind a little eleventh hour drama, but there's a major lack of frustration tolerance there that sadly is her biggest hindrance. Yelling may be par for the course in our fast paced profession, but abandoning the line doesn't fly in a real kitchen.

This is the final four of MasterChef – you don't take a time out! It is truly a shame, because she has grown significantly in the last three months. Love her or hate her, Krissi, the consummate underdog, held her own this season.

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Joe Bastianich's MasterChef Blog: Krissi's Attitude Is a 'Fault'

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Joe Bastianich's MasterChef Blog: Cooking for Kids Proves Challenging

Originally posted 08/29/2013 12:30PM

Joe Bastianich is a restaurateur, winemaker, author and one of the judges of MasterChef. He is blogging each week about the show's search for the best home cooks. Follow him on Twitter @Jbastianich or visit joebastianich.com.

With only five home cooks left from what was arguably our strongest crop of contestants in the history of MasterChef, they should expect only the unexpected. We wanted to test just how capable our finalists could be at integrating and manipulating a true smorgasbord of ingredients into a restaurant quality dish.

Who better to trust with choosing such a random selection than kids?

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Joe Bastianich's MasterChef Blog: Krissi Sank in Restaurant Takeover

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UpdatePosted 08/22/2013 01:45PM

Joe Bastianich's MasterChef Blog: Krissi Sank in Restaurant Takeover

Originally posted 08/22/2013 11:20AM

Joe Bastianich is a restaurateur, winemaker, author and one of the judges of MasterChef. He is blogging each week about the show's search for the best home cooks. Follow him on Twitter @Jbastianich or visit joebastianich.com.

This week's MasterChef episode featured the highly anticipated (and dreaded) restaurant takeover! For me, this is one of the highlights of every season. We were honored – and nervous – to be given the reins of the great Wolfgang Puck's amazing L.A. eatery, WP 24.

Performing in a professional restaurant kitchen at this high a level is always a turning point for our remaining home cooks. The pressure, the heat, the almost impossibly fast pace at which you need work – this is the reality of working in the culinary industry. This is what professional chefs do night after night.

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