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MasterChef Judges Made Michael Chen Nervous

June 20, 2012 05:00 PM by Gina Hall

MasterChef Michael Chen

Michael Chen was eliminated from MasterChef on Monday and he doesn’t think the judges, including Chef Gordon Ramsay’s critique of his culinary skills was fair. What did he have to say to Reality TV Magazine?

Michael always liked to cook at parties and his friends joked that he should try out for Hell’s Kitchen or MasterChef. Michael laughed them off, after all he’s only 19. Could he really square off with MasterChef judge Gordon Ramsay? But a local casting call in Austin, Texas peaked his interest, so he went down just for the hell of it.

“The top 100 audition was intimidating for me,” Michael told Reality TV Magazine. “I was one of the youngest people and thought the judges wouldn’t see past my age.”

“I just tried to engage the judges,” he went on to say about Gordon Ramsay and crew. “But deep down I was really nervous.” It paid off because Michael was bestowed an apron — and he wasn’t even the first to leave.

“I really enjoyed the Mystery Box Challenge and risotto. When you let me loose in a pantry, I get lost. Limiting the number of ingredients helps me focus.”

When it came to the challenges that eliminated him on Monday night — the Marine visit and apple pie — Michael felt that the judges were “trying to break my confidence. I don’t think the critique was fair and it wears down on your confidence.”

But don’t worry for the plucky 19-year-old contestant, he still has big hopes and dreams. “At 19, I don’t have the equity to open a restaurant. I’m staging [interning] at Uchiko in Austin. Someday I hope to open my own restaurant.”

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