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'MasterChef' Winner Overcomes Culinary Disaster

The first American winner of 'Masterchef' nearly lost it all thanks to a chicken catastrophe. In the season finale, head judge Gordon Ramsay chose Whitney Miller, a 22-year-old college student, over software engineer David Miller for the $250,000 prize and cookbook publishing deal. Both the Millers (unrelated) beat out Sheetal Bhagat and Lee Knaz to reach the final head-to-head competition. There, Whitney Miller almost threw everything away when the fried chicken she'd just cooked slipped off her spatula onto the floor. Ramsay looked horrified, but Whitney managed to re-cook her chicken in just seven minutes. In the end, Whitney Miller's meal -- the country fried chicken, collard greens, crispy corncake and bread pudding -- wowed the judges. David Miller's scallop ceviche, beef Wellington and nectarine crepe also drew positive comments, though Ramsay didn't think it was "perfect." After winning, an exhuberant Whitney Miller said she could "not be any more happy than I am right now," adding, "I just want to tell everybody that, you know what, if you have a dream -- go after it." 'MasterChef' was renewed for season 2 by Fox. Source Here

Fox Renews MasterChef

Fox has renewed Gordon Ramsay's MasterChef for a second season. The series, which tests home cooks in various challenges as they try to become culinary masters, has been the No. 1 program of the summer in the 18-to-49 demographic. "It's amazing and refreshing to see how much passion and raw talent there is from amateur home cooks across America," said Ramsay. "It's extraordinary the amount of energy and excitement the show brought in Season One, and I'm thrilled to be back at Fox for a second season." The Season 1 finale will air Sept. 15, when the remaining four cooks go head-to-head. The winner will earn the title of America's Best Home Cook, $250,000 and a cookbook-publishing deal. Source Here

TV ratings: 'Big Brother,' 'AGT' score Wednesday

Both "Big Brother 12" and "America's Got Talent" saw their ratings rise some compared to last Wednesday, with the former scoring the night's best demographic numbers and the latter gathering the biggest overall audience. Thanks to "AGT," NBC led the night overall with 7.4 million viewers and a 4.6 rating/8 share in households. CBS drew 6.9 million people and a 4.4/8 for second, while FOX (5.1 million, 3.0/5) came in third. ABC's 3.8 million viewers and 2.5/4 were good enough for fourth place. The CW (1.25 million, 0.8/1) trailed. FOX led the adults 18-49 demographic with a 2.2 rating (even though, like last week, it didn't win either hour in which it broadcast. Hooray consistency). NBC finished second at 2.0, a tenth of a point ahead of CBS, 1.9. ABC averaged 1.1 and The CW 0.4. To Read More Click Here .

'MasterChef': Joe Bastianich not surprised to be tapped

His TV appearances have been limited to "The Today Show" and restaurant partner Mario Batali's various shows, but Joe Bastianich issn't apprehensive about judging FOX's "MasterChef" with Gordon Ramsay and the country's youngest four-star chef, Graham Elliot Bowles. "They were looking in the world of food professionals," he tells Zap2it. "They wanted people who were camera-ready and are not chefs. It's a pretty small world." Bastianich grew up in the restaurant business, then tried Wall Street -- "It was less about wanting to work on Wall Street and more about an acute fear of poverty." -- before he opened his first restaurant with his mom. "On this [Gordon] was so adamant about keeping it real," Bastianich says of "MasterChef." "I understood that, and about keeping the timing up. It shows in the production." Source Here

TV ratings: NBC's 'Talent' leads Wednesday, 'MasterChef' masters demo

NBC snagged the biggest total audience on Wednesday night thanks to "America's Got Talent," but FOX earned the best demographic numbers thanks to "MasterChef." NBC averaged 6.85 million viewers and a 4.2 rating/7 share for the night, narrowly beating CBS (6.5 million, 4.2/7) for the top spot. FOX (5 million, 3.0/5) came in third. ABC finished fourth with 3.7 million viewers and a 2.5/4, a good bit ahead of The CW's 1.4 million viewers and 0.9/2. FOX's 2.1 rating was good enough to lead the night in the adults 18-49 demo (despite the fact that "Masterchef" didn't win either of its hours). CBS and NBC tied for second at 1.8. ABC drew a 1.1, followed by The CW at 0.5. To Read More Click Here .

'MasterChef' Ousts Three Contestants in One Episode (VIDEO)

Last week's winning 14 contestants finally entered the 'MasterChef' (Wed., 8PM ET on FOX) kitchen. The two teams' first challenge? Cooking for hundreds of Marines at Camp Pendleton. Gordon Ramsay then eliminated one chef on the losing team from the competition -- and added a twist. "Here's the bad news," he said. "We're not done yet." Two more competitors were forced to hang up their aprons -- to the shock of the remaining contestants. Doubly surprising was how complimentary Ramsay was to each of the departing chefs. The MasterChef himself called one "a shining example to everybody else in this competition." To another, he said, "You have done exceptionally well." Source & Video

TV ratings: 'Hell's Kitchen,' 'Got Talent' top Tuesday

The last round -- we think -- of qualifying on "America's Got Talent" gave NBC the biggest overall audience Tuesday night, but the season finale of "Hell's Kitchen" delivered tastier demographic numbers for FOX. NBC drew 8.6 million viewers and a 5.2 rating/9 share in households for the night, beating second-place CBS (7 million, 4.7/8) by a good-sized margin. FOX (6.6 million, 3.9/7) came in third. ABC took fourth with 5.3 million viewers and a 3.2/5. The CW scored just over 1 million viewers and a 0.7/1. Thanks to "Hell's Kitchen," FOX led among adults 18-49 with a 2.9 rating, beating out NBC's 2.4. ABC, 1.8, finished third, followed by CBS, 1.2, and The CW, 0.4. To Read More Click Here .

'MasterChef' - Gordon Ramsay Gets Very Mad About Some Bad Potatoes (VIDEO)

Steak, eggs, potatoes. Everyone likes these things, right? It's pretty hard to go wrong with these ingredients. Unless you mess up one of the most basic elements. On 'MasterChef' (Tue., 9PM ET on Fox). contestant David makes "Poached Egg & Steak Over Whipped Potatoes -- With Red Wine Mushroom Sauce.' ... Great! Sounds good! Unfortunately, David ruins the easiest part of this dish: the mashed potatoes. Um, we don't mean to brag here, but even your current humble 'TV Squad' writer can make really good mashed potatoes. It's incredibly easy. Boil some spuds, mush them up, and then add milk and butter, followed by salt and pepper. It might be the easiest thing to make ... ever. But David can't handle doing it, and then Gordon Ramsay gets mad. David's steak and eggs were delicious, apparently. But the potatoes were "lumpy," according to Ramsay. Gordon gets right in David's face about it, too. "Why do you send me .. hard potatoes?" he says. "You screw up -- on the potato." In case you haven't gotten this yet, Ramsay is very displeased by the whole "potato" thing. ... Will David survive? Source & Video

Don't Forget the Salt on 'MasterChef' - Seriously, Do NOT Forget It! (VIDEO)

We were just speaking of a kinder, gentler Gordon Ramsay. And on the premiere episode of 'MasterChef' (Tue., 9PM ET on Fox), we get to see even more of his softer side. The new series follows amateur cooks from all across America -- each of whom has exactly one hour to prepare their best dish. If they do well, they are awarded an apron, and get to continue in the competition. If they fail, then they are kicked off the show. During this first episode, contestant Faruq is called in front of the judges. He makes a delicious dish of macaroni and cheese. Judge Ramsay praises this choice of food as being gutsy -- presumably because standard mac and cheese is so easy to make that it's difficult to really "wow" people with it. The judges are into the cheesy mac ... except for one small thing. Faruq forgot to add one very important ingredient. SALT. And he forgot to do it even though the salt shaker was sitting right there in front of him! To Read More Click Here .

Gordon Ramsay Brings More Kitchen Competition In 'Masterchef' - Starpulse

With both "Hell's Kitchen" and "Top Chef" in their seventh season while Food Network is putting out shows such as "Iron Chef America," "Next Food Network Star," and "Cupcake Wars," it seems that America can't get enough of food competition shows during the summer. This week following "Hell's Kitchen," Fox is introducing a new show, "Masterchef," to their foodie-friendly line-up. To Read More Click Here .