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Judge Joe Bastianich: Why Christine Ha Won MasterChef

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Joe Bastianich Blogs: Why Christine Ha Won MasterChef

Originally posted 09/11/2012 07:30PM

On Monday's finale we watched the culmination of a stellar and emotional season of MasterChef. The level of talent this year had an almost pioneering quality to it – and our final two, Josh Marks and Christine Ha, both exemplified this beautifully in the finale.

The last challenge from which we select the winner will always be a nail biting experience. However, this year felt a little different.

Since the finale was pre-taped, we had a viewing party with Josh, Christine and their families at Eataly in New York. I was able to relive the final day and its excitement alongside Christine and Josh.

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MasterChef Season 3 Winner Revealed

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MasterChef Season 3 Winner Revealed

Originally posted 09/10/2012 10:30PM

MasterChef judges Gordon Ramsay, Joe Bastianich and Graham Elliot started season 3 by inviting 100 home cooks to Los Angeles to show off their best dishes. After weeks of intense competition and countless flavorful foods, only two remained, Josh Marks and Christine Ha, the show's first blind contestant.

So who took home the prizes – including $250,000 and a cook book deal – on Monday's finale? Keep reading to find out. Spoilers ahead!

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MasterChef's Joe Bastianich Sizes Up the Finalists

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MasterChef's Joe Bastianich Blogs About Season Finale

Originally posted 09/05/2012 10:15AM

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. Each week he's blogging season 3 of Fox's hit show, offering an insider's take on the competition.

This week's episode of MasterChef brings us one step closer to finding our next winner! Becky, Josh and Christine battled through part one of the finale and surprisingly it was our consummate frontrunner Becky who underperformed.

Putting yourself on a plate apparently isn't as easy as it looks – and I honestly thought this challenge was too simple for our top three.

For Becky to end her time here over a horribly butchered filet of fish is something that still shocks me. I'll never understand why she didn't choose something she knew beyond the shadow of a doubt that she could ace – a dumb move for such a smart girl. I would have chosen something I could have prepared drunk or in my sleep and still executed to perfection. This challenge was meant for playing it safe! Prepare something within in your repertoire – and nail it! Her failure here was a prime example of overconfidence, which can be a killer.

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MasterChef's Joe Blogs: Why Frank and Josh Blew It

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Joe Bastianich Blogs: Frank and Josh Missed a Golden Opportunity

Originally posted 08/29/2012 08:40PM

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. Each week he's blogging season 3 of Fox's hit show, offering an insider's take on the competition.

On Tuesday's MasterChef, our four remaining contenders were given the thrilling – albeit terrifying – privilege of preparing a meal for three of the most inspiring and intimidating culinary figures in the world.

Alain Ducasse, Daniel Boulud and Guy Savoy are about as high up on the ladder as one can go. No matter who takes the cake in the MasterChef finale, they will have the memory of this experience forever.

I think Frank and Josh missed a golden opportunity here. Everyone knows there is no love lost between them, but let's put their situation in perspective: Two months ago they were tinkering around at home where their biggest challenge was deciding what to prepare for their next dinner party – and now they're serving true culinary greats.

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MasterChef's Joe Blogs About Finding the Final Four | Joe Bastianich

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MasterChef's Joe Bastianich Blogs About Finding the Final Four

Originally posted 08/22/2012 12:35PM

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. Each week he's blogging season 3 of Fox's hit show, offering an insider's take on the competition.

We are down to our own Fab Five on MasterChef!

Allowing our remaining home cooks to use self-selected ingredients is so beyond their skill level at this point, I'm honestly surprised they thought it would be that easy. With $250,000 up for grabs, they should have seen it coming. Graham, Gordon and I took a look around that kitchen and realized the best way to trip them up was to let their extreme diversity pose the challenge.

There is an unspoken but absolute belief among the contestants that Becky is the frontrunner by a long shot. The problem this poses for Becky is that she, too, believes this blindly. While I admire a strong sense of self-confidence, there is always a happy medium.

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MasterChef's Joe Bastianich Blogs: The Fighting Gets Dirtier

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Joe Bastianich: The Fighting Gets Dirtier

Originally posted 08/15/2012 02:00PM

Joe Bastianich is a successful restauranteur, 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. Each week he's blogging season 3 of Fox's hit show, offering an insider's take on the competition.

On Tuesday's episode of MasterChef, our final six conducted service at none other than the great Hatfield's of Los Angeles. This is a restaurant of significance, a Michelin-starred establishment, and it is time for the home cooks to show us their capability as professionals.

While I was thrilled to finally see that Christine was not picked last by a team captain, I was questioning whether it was fair to put her in this challenge. My comments may have offended some, but the fact remains – she cannot see, and we threw her into a complex kitchen without giving her time to familiarize herself with her environment and its hazards. She doesn't have the advantage of spotting potential dangers visually like the other home cooks. This is just a fact. If you've read my book Restaurant Man, you know that I don't hold back on my opinions.

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MasterChef's Joe Blogs About Redemption in the Kitchen

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Joe Bastianich Blogs About Redemption in the Kitchen

Originally posted 07/24/2012 08:45AM

It's getting down the wire with only six contestants left on an intense third season of MasterChef. Taking a hard look at this group, we judges could not help but wonder if there might be a few who still deserved to be here.

We decided to throw a major curveball and do something we've never done before on the show by giving a huge opportunity to those who've recently said goodbye. Giving the last eight contestants to go a chance at redemption was not only something they deserved, but a great way to ensure our top six aren't getting too cozy.

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MasterChef's Joe Blogs: How Paula Deen Inspired Contestants | Joe Bastianich, Paula Deen

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UpdatePosted 07/18/2012 03:45PM

MasterChef's Joe Bastianich Blogs About Paula Deen's Surprise Appearance

Originally posted 07/18/2012 09:30AM

Tuesday's episode of MasterChef was a turbulent ride for our remaining seven home cooks. We threw them into the fire with our first ever tag team elimination challenge, and the results proved that it did indeed push everyone to the breaking point.

Monti and Felix were downright impressive, and not just because Felix has experience with sushi. Their plate was a result of exemplary team work. It's no secret that they don't particularly care for each other, but they checked their egos at the door, communicated beautifully and gave us exactly what the judges were looking for. We certainly cannot say the same for Becky and David.

Frank has come a long way from his one-trick pony days of plate after plate of pasta. Taking a spin on traditional Southern food from none other than the great Paula Deen, arguably the reigning lady of Southern cuisine, was risky to say the least. But kudos to him – he pulled it off nicely.

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MasterChef Joe Bastianich's Blog: Don't Mishandle the Meat!

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MasterChef Joe Bastianich Blogs About Becky's Mishandling of the Meat

Originally posted 07/17/2012 01:00PM

Serving up a perfect steak to hungry cowboys in under 90 minutes is not something I'd want to rest a quarter of a million dollars on, but this is exactly what we asked our eight remaining home cooks to do.

Guest chefs at Horse Town USA for the day, both teams were given truly amazing pieces of meat to work with – and to mishandle them at this point would be a sin. Steaks are not tricky; half the battle is ending up with a quality piece of meat to work with.

How Becky, of all people, ended up massacring a quarter of the red team's cut I’ll never understand. In fact, I'm a little suspecious ... was she trying to get Monti as team leader sent home? I don't buy that Becky can't cook a steak. Overconfident at times she might be, but careless and incompetent she is not.

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MasterChef's Joe Blogs About Tali's 'Delusional Thinking'

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MasterChef's Joe Bastianich Blogs About Tali Clavijo's 'Delusional Thinking'

Originally posted 07/10/2012 09:30AM

From what was once a solid and tight-knit group of home cooks, on Monday's episode of MasterChef we saw the competitive nature of our contestants! With nine left, the pressure is mounting, and we are anxious to see who has the ability to carry it to the next level.

Sea urchin is not something that is found in most kitchens across the country, but Graham, Gordon and I wanted a clearer picture of our home cooks' food sensibility and creativity. Cooking is a craft, a profession and an art form. A true MasterChef should have the ability to work with something foreign to them and, with little explanation, should possess enough innate knowledge and intuition about food to make the most out of it. It is what differentiates a cook from a chef. We saw this with both Felix and Josh in the uni challenge, and later with Monti during elimination. It is exactly what we expect at this stage of the game, and those who don’t possess it will be weeded out.

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