Starve the Doubts host, Jared Easley, along with co-host Vernon Foster from podparrot.net, interviews Fox’s Masterchef Season 5 Top 15 finalist, Francis B.
Of Filipino-Italian descent, Francis Biondi is a 26-year old professional golfer-turned-homecook who is also cooking up some awesome blog posts over at www.francisbcookin.com
Prior to joining the contest, Francis B. is a server at the acclaimed Rusty Spoon restaurant in Orlando. His signature dish that landed him a spot on the top 30 finals was a southern comfort dish fused with a Moroccan touch – a cornmeal crusted grouper sitting on top of a Moroccan chickpea, relished with avocado and cucumber and pickled red onion. His second dish was a short rib and lamb meatloaf, a gastronomic treat that earned praises from the Masterchef judges.
In this episode, you will learn about:
- Why Francis considers himself as an “eclectic nomad”
- How his spring rolls gave him access to celebrities
- How his degree in entrepreneurship helped him post-Masterchef
- Golf and cooking as his passions
- How he got discovered by casting executives for Masterchef.
- Why he chose salad for the audition process
- What the casting process was like
- The unfortunate egg roll incident
- The things that he could’ve done differently
- What the future holds for him
Everything he learned in entrepreneurship has prepared him for what he’s doing.
Building a brand is hard work but you gotta put the time in.
- marketing yourself the right way
- talking to the right people
- making connections
He practiced a lot of time being a pro-golfer
Golf as his passion.
Francis worked at Rusty Spoon, owned by James Beard-nominated chef Kathleen Blake.
He chose to prepare salad for the audition and they liked it a lot.
Casting went on for months because the show wanted to get to know him better.
What it was like for 2-3 months before he met with the Masterchef judges:
- Video/phone interviews
- They want to see what’s in your fridge.
- They want to know your life, who you live with.
You’d never know if you’re gonna make it past that next step.
When he found out he got a spot on the show: They chose 30 out 100 contestants.
What it was like for him to watch himself on TV
His advice to those who want to be on Masterchef:
- Learn your basics.
- Get into every kitchen you can and learn the secrets.
What’s cooking post-Masterchef:
- the francisbcookin.com website – lots of recipes and content
- videos and start a YouTube channel and show stuff in Southeast Asia
His niche: an Asian-Mediterranean fusion
He wants to highlight cultures and countries he visited and show off how they do it there.
He hopes to be on a golf channel that features both golf and cuisines.
Who he’s interested in: Danny Bowien of Mission Chinese Food
His final thoughts:
“I’m not sleepin’. I’m still hustlin’. Keep up with me. Follow me… this isn’t the last you’ve seen of Francis B. That’s for sure!”
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