Age - 28
Private Chef and Hospitality Consultant/Butcher
I'm Christine Campbell, I'm 28 years old, and I am private chef. I got into cooking when my father brought a French cookbook home when I was 15 thinking it would be his new hobby. Now he buys the wine and I cook. Even though my baby is too young to chew, I give him food to smell all the time. I think I'll win this competition because it's set up the way I entertain people. On weekends my friends just bring over whatever they have lying in their fridge and I'll make something for dinner. So I'm used to improvising.
WINNER!: Marc Spooner
Production Chef, Great Performances
I'm Marc Spooner, I'm 34 years old, and I'm the production chef at Great Performances catering company. Something that's really important to me is respecting the products that I use by knowing where they come from. I am competitive but am very quiet about it so the other contestants think they have the upper hand. I think I can win because I see so many different combinations of foods and am prepared for anything that will show up in the mystery basket.
Executive Chef, DeGrezia Ristorante
I'm Massimo Felici, and I'm the Executive Chef at DeGrezia Ristorante. I was born in Italy and love to cook Italian food. I love women, I love food, and I love good wine. When I was young, I didn't have the wallet to pay for all of that, so I decided that the next best thing was to work in a restaurant and learn how to cook. I dropped out of high school to work in the restaurants. I grew up in the streets and kitchen and have a strong personality. I have a short temper for stupidity and no patience if I show someone how to make a dish and then they screw it up. My friends call me The Angry Chef or Pitbull, but deep inside I'm just a fuzzy bear. I will have an edge in the competition because I don't get nervous.
Chef Name: Julio Lazzarini
Owner/Executive Chef of Orillas Tapas Bar and Restaurant
I cook Nuevo-Latino cuisine, which is a fusion of South American cuisine with European and Caribean influence. I'm originally from Puerto Rico. When I was 14, my parents got divorced and I moved to the U.S. with my mom. We moved around a lot, but I always found sanctuary in food and cooking. So I studied at the Culinary Institute of American and eventually I opened my own restaurant, called Orillas, in Delaware. I'm going to win because I have a rainbow of experiences from working in hotels, privately owned restaurants, as a private chef and in country clubs. I 'm gonna go to the competition, show my skills, and put Delaware on the map as a culinary destination.