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Lots of Ice: How Pam Anderson, Bill Rancic & More Celebrated Finishing the N.Y.C. Marathon

Pam Anderson, Bill Rancic & More Celebrate Finishing the N.Y.C. Marathon

Originally posted 11/04/2013 10:00AM

They did it!

Pamela Anderson, Bill Rancic, Christy Turlington, Patrick Wilson, Joe Bastianich and Paul Scheer all completed the grueling 26.2-mile ING New York City Marathon on Sunday – in the name of charitable causes.

From MasterChef's Bastianich celebrating with a glass of wine (and well wishes from Tom Colicchio) to Anderson icing down her entire body (and posting a photo to prove it) and to supportive spouses cheering along the race route (like Giuliana Rancic) here's how Hollywood commemorated making it to the finish line:

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Lace Up! These 7 Celeb Chefs Are Running Marathons

Lace Up! These 7 Celeb Chefs Are Running Marathons

Originally posted 10/17/2013 08:30AM

From Gordon Ramsay to Bobby Flay, see who's logging major miles on the pavement

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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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Joe Bastianich Blogs About MasterChef's Funniest Elimination Challenge | Joe Bastianich

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Joe Bastianich's MasterChef Blog: The Funniest Elimination Challenge

Originally posted 08/15/2013 08:05PM

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.

Wednesday's episode of MasterChef featured our final seven contestants facing not one, but two protein-centric challenges. Talk about a warm welcome back for Bri!

In hindsight, I think the T-bone challenge was a little elementary for this group, given the late stage of the competition. Even with the expected elevation factor, if our home cooks can't nail this in their sleep, then we are all doing something wrong.

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Joe Bastianich Blogs: Lynn's Meltdown Was a Letdown – But Not a Surprise | Joe Bastianich

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UpdatePosted 08/08/2013 01:10PM

Joe Bastianich Blogs: Lynn's Meltdown Was a Letdown – But Not a Surprise

Originally posted 08/08/2013 10:40AM

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

While our remaining home cooks loved hearing they would not be cooking during Wednesday's challenge, they were less than thrilled with the return of former contestants Bri, Bime and Lynn!

Jordan pretty much summed up the collective sentiments of the group regarding the possible reentry of Lynn. Despite his untimely exit, everyone knows that Lynn is the most technically advanced home cook to come out of Season 4. Although a favorite amongst his peers, the viewers, and us judges, competition-wise he is his fellow home cooks' worst nightmare.

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MasterChef's Joe Bastianich Blogs: Family Visits Encourage the Top Seven | Joe Bastianich

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UpdatePosted 08/01/2013 06:00PM

MasterChef's Joe Bastianich Blogs: Family Visits Encourage the Top Seven

Originally posted 08/01/2013 01:00PM

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.

On Wednesday night, we watched our remaining finalists face what was by far the most emotional day of this year's MasterChef competition.

They say nothing is harder than being given your chance and that includes everything given up in pursuit of it. It has been almost two months since our top seven were plucked from the lives they knew, bid goodbye to their families and friends, forgoing whatever support system they had, all for the shot to fulfill their dream of a career in food.

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Talk About Fast Food! MasterChef Judges Make Two Gourmet Meals in 5 Minutes

UpdatePosted 07/29/2013 08:35AM

Gordon Ramsay & Graham Elliot Race the Clock on MasterChef Judges

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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