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Life of a MasterChef Judge

2009_12_mastercheflogo1.jpg Regional auditions are now underway for MasterChef -- the new Gordon Ramsay show billed as "American Idol for food." Tanya Steel, the Editor in Chief of Epicurious, was one of the judges of the New York cattle call this weekend, and yes, just like American Idol, each contestant had to audition with something they prepared at home. Her overall assessment of the 215 dishes she tasted on Sunday: "We definitely had the Carrie Underwood and the William Huang of food come through those doors." [Epicurious]