06:36 AM EDT 12/17/2014
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.
Originally posted 05/27/2014 01:30PM
The chef's next fitness challenge: the Chicago Marathon
Originally posted 03/15/2014 09:30AM
From new love to old wounds, it was a week of emotional stories on PEOPLE.com.
Stacy Keibler's wedding, Graham Elliot's weight loss, and Jimmy Fallon's photobombs got the most positive reaction, while a pair of sadder stories – including a remembrance of Steve Irwin by his cameraman – were tougher to read.
Below, check out the five stories that got the strongest reactions from PEOPLE.com readers this week. And let us know what you think of every story we write by clicking on the icons at the bottom.
Originally posted 03/07/2014 07:40PM
The chef, who works out at least every other day, can run 5 miles for the first time.
Originally posted 12/04/2013 04:50PM
The MasterChef judge finishes the Ditka Dash – and shows off his new lean physique
Originally posted 11/07/2013 10:00AM
The remembers his old boss and culinary mentor, who died suddenly this week
Originally posted 10/17/2013 08:30AM
From Gordon Ramsay to Bobby Flay, see who's logging major miles on the pavement
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.' "
Originally posted 08/05/2013 08:00AM
Graham Elliot has some great news to share. The Chicago-based chef, who underwent surgery for a sleeve gastrectomy on July 16, has lost a dramatic amount of weight already.
"I started [weighing] 396 and I'm now at 340. That's even better than expected," the MasterChef judge, 36, tells PEOPLE.
"I feel amazing. I have a lot more energy," he adds. "I'm able to play tag with my 6-year-old son, [Mylo]. He said, 'You're way faster than you were.' He's so excited."
The chef, who stands 6'1", admits that slimming down hasn't come easy.
Originally posted 07/28/2013 06:15PM
Are your cooking skills put to the test just microwaving?
If so, then you won't believe what Gordon Ramsay and Graham Elliot were able to create in just five minutes on a recent episode of MasterChef.
As seen in this clip from the TV show, the two chefs were able to plate culinary masterpieces in less time than it takes most of us to order a pizza. Ramsay makes caramelized scallops with roasted endive and fresh cauliflower puree, while Elliot whips up grilled wild salmon with a beet juice reduction, sautéed beet greens and a beet salad with mustard vinaigrette.
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