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MasterChef's Joe Bastianich: Chefs Tame the Wilds of California | Joe Bastianich

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MasterChef's Joe Bastianich: Chefs Tame the Wilds of California

Originally posted 07/25/2013 09:00AM

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.

Wednesday night's MasterChef featured what was by far my favorite team challenge of the season. Stranded in the beautiful California wilderness and armed with little more than a camping knife and skillet (essentially nothing), both teams turned in dishes that completely surpassed expectations. Our final eight proved they can cook anywhere and with anything. Deciding the victor was a very tough call.

The blue team's inclusion of pasta showed real ingenuity in addition to skill (genius idea by Bri), but ultimately we had to acknowledge the red team's pigeon. Once again, Eddie's knack for handling proteins secures the win for his team. MVP, indeed! The man just cannot go wrong when it comes to meat. That pigeon was as good as I've ever had it.

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Joe Bastianich: Eddie Is the One to Beat on MasterChef | Joe Bastianich

Joe Bastianich's MasterChef Blog: Eddie Is the One to Beat

Originally posted 07/18/2013 03:45PM

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.

The competition continues to intensify on MasterChef as our numbers drop to a mere nine home cooks. Narrowing it down past the top 10 automatically pushes the bar up a notch and our remaining contestants delivered beautifully.

Overall, last night's show did not disappoint!

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Joe Bastianich: Eva Longoria Is a Serious Restaurateur | Joe Bastianich

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UpdatePosted 07/11/2013 10:40AM

Joe Bastianich's MasterChef Blog: Eva Longoria Is a Serious Restaurateur

Originally posted 07/11/2013 09:20AM

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.

On Wednesday's MasterChef, our final 11 home cooks got a surprise visit from the beautiful Eva Longoria! Not just a pretty face, Eva is a serious restaurateur. Defying the stereotype of the absentee celebrity restaurant owner, Eva is the real deal. She knows food and the nuances that make this industry so trying. It was a pleasure having her guest judge in the MasterChef kitchen.

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MasterChef Cooks 'Out of Their League' at Rocky Wedding Reception | Joe Bastianich

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Joe Bastianich Blogs About MasterChef's Rocky Wedding Reception

Originally posted 06/27/2013 06:20PM

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.

Season 4's remaining home cooks are the strongest group we've seen on MasterChef, and at no time was this more apparent than during Wednesday night's Mystery Box challenge.

Everyone was in their element. It was an inspiring moment of transformation from amateur home cook to actual chef, and I was very proud of the dishes they put forth.

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MasterChef's Joe Bastianich: My Mom Lidia Knows Best | Lidia Bastianich

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Joe Bastianich's MasterChef Blog: Mother Lidia Bastianich Knows Best

Originally posted 06/20/2013 10:45AM

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.

This week's challenges made for some of the most memorable moments in season 4. I was honored to have my mother, Lidia Bastianich, one of the best-loved chefs in America (and recent daytime Emmy winner) spend some time with our top 14 in the MasterChef Kitchen. Who better to learn how to make pasta from then the woman responsible for bringing authentic Italian cuisine into the homes of the American public for decades?

Unfortunately, Howard thought he knew better. At this point in the competition he has exhausted my patience. I knew it was over for him just by his conceptualization of the dish. To misconstrue so badly a beloved Italian classic for a chef considered to be the matriarch of Italian food in America was totally unnecessary.

Good, old-fashioned common sense – not to mention respect – just isn't there. Johnny, too, has gone a bit far off the beaten path, but at least he lacks the arrogance that Howard's dish reeked of.

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MasterChef's Joe Bastianich: All Bets Are Off in Las Vegas | Joe Bastianich

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Joe Bastianich's MasterChef Blog: All Bets Are Off in Las Vegas

Originally posted 06/13/2013 07:00AM

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.

Down to the final 16, we felt the pressure mounting as our MasterChef home cooks faced their second team challenge and battled it out in Sin City.

Although they produced some great plates, ill-conceived and poorly executed strategy was sadly a recurring theme of the evening.

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MasterChef's Joe Bastianich: When Meatloaf and Mashed Potatoes Won't Cut it | Joe Bastianich

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Joe Bastianich's MasterChef Blog: 'No Major Mishaps' in First Group Challenge

Originally posted 06/06/2013 09:10AM

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 his joebastianich.com.

Faced with their first team challenge of preparing lunch for some very picky elementary school students, both MasterChef teams seemed to emerge relatively unscathed. Initially the red team's choice of chicken teriyaki had us judges on the fence, but in the end it was a very smart move. The kids might have told Gordon they'd never heard of this dish before, but the flavors proved familiar.

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Why Krissi Is One to Watch on MasterChef

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Joe Bastianich's MasterChef Blog: Why Krissi Biasiello Is One to Watch

Originally posted 05/30/2013 08:30AM

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 his joebastianich.com.

This week's episode of MasterChef proves you can't "fake it 'till you make it" on season 4. As a competition show, we've graduated beyond entry-level challenges of chopping onions and peeling apples – and this year's top 40 delivered. I wonder how many of our home cooks thought – even just for a second – we were going to make them slaughter that baby lamb. The look on the vegetarian's face was priceless! It was certainly a night of surprises.

Immediately cutting the less talented contestants was liberating, and that enabled a very strong group to move forward to our first mystery-box challenge. Saying goodbye to Brian, especially after his weasel–like behavior at elimination, was no loss for me. Now Luca, on the other hand, gave us judges a bit of a scare. He has considerable talent, but where is his judgment? This is the time to bring your A-game – not to experiment. To come that close to being eliminated on day one, after having spent the last year preparing for a second chance at the MasterChef title, is, quite frankly, disturbing. You are on thin ice amico mio.

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MasterChef's Joe Bastianich Is 'Not Amused' by Breast Milk Mac & Cheese | Joe Bastianich

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MasterChef's Joe Bastianich Blogs About Season 4 Auditions

Originally posted 05/23/2013 07:15PM

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 his joebastianich.com.

Hello, MasterChef fans!

It is great to be back for another season of the world's most-watched culinary competition show! In addition to having some of our strongest contenders to date, season 4 brings some pretty amazing guests judges, including the great Paula Deen and the easy-on-the-eyes (and very restaurant savvy) Eva Longoria, to name a few ...

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Restaurateur Joe Bastianich Blogs: Why Quitting Can Be the Best Start to Your New Year

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Restaurateur Joe Bastianich Blogs: Why Quitting Can Be the Best Start to Your New Year

Originally posted 01/01/2013 04:40PM

Joe Bastianich is a successful restaurateur, vineyard owner and author of the memoir Restaurant Man. He's also a judge on MasterChef, which challenges home cooks to prove they can cut it in top professional kitchens. This week he's blogging about helping people keep one big New Year's resolution – quitting smoking.

There are many things I'm looking forward to in 2013, both personally and professionally. Plans for new restaurants in the U.S., including Eataly Chicago, are underway, and I'm gearing up for the 2013 Ironman world championships in Hawaii – if I'm lucky enough to get a spot! But one big life change kick-started all of it 15 years ago, my decision to quit smoking. This choice is something many of you are probably also considering in the New Year and trust me, it's worth it.

You might be surprised to hear that those in the restaurant industry – people who rely on their palate for work every single day – have a higher population of smokers than many other occupation in the U.S. I used to be one of those smokers.

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