International Super Star GABY ESPINO Will Turn Up the Heat As Host of Telemundo’s “MASTERCHEF LATINO” Season Two Premiering Sunday, May 19 at 7pm/6c

Celebrity Chefs Claudia Sandoval, Ennio Carota and Benito Molina Return to the International Culinary Competition in Search of Aspiring Amateur Chefs who will Compete for the $100,000 Cash Prize and the Coveted Title of MasterChef Latino

Telemundo’s Renowned Chef James Tahhan Joins the Sunday Night Reality as Digital Host

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Renowned actress, TV host and influencer, Gaby Espino, will spice up the Telemundo screen this summer with the grand premiere of the second season of “MasterChef Latino,” the number one reality cooking competition in the world which premieres Sunday, May 19 at 7pm/6c. Celebrity chefs Claudia Sandoval, Ennio Carota and Benito Molina return as judges of an innovative format produced by Endemol Shine Boomdog that brings together a great diversity of cultures, food and flavors from all over Latin America, where the best amateur/non-professional cooks from around the United States will do everything possible to become a culinary master and compete for a $100,000 cash prize and the coveted title of MasterChef Latino.

Throughout the culinary competition, fans of “MasterChef Latino” can join Telemundo’s renowned Chef James Tahhan, who will serve as digital host to bring all the inside scoop and backstage access to Telemundo.com and the network’s social media platforms.

Meet the Cast of “MasterChef Latino” season two:

Gaby Espino, who was recently announced as the host of the 2019 Billboard Latin Music Awards, is an internationally renowned actress, TV host, entrepreneur and one of the Latina personalities with more engagement and presence in the social media landscape, who has become an A-lister in the Latin American entertainment industry. Espino, who starred in Telemundo’s international series “Jugar con Fuego,” previously served as host of the “Billboard Latin Music Awards” and “Premios Tu Mundo.” She participated in the third and fourth seasons of Telemundo’s Super Series “Señora Acero,” and garnered acclaim as the lead actress in the network’s successful telenovela “Santa Diabla,” among many other productions.

Chef Claudia Sandoval is the winner of the sixth season of “MasterChef U.S.” and the bestselling author of “Claudia’s Cocina: A Taste of Mexico.” She is the owner of a successful culinary consulting and catering company under the name “Claudia’s Cocina.” An active philanthropist, Claudia’s culinary style is a modern take on Mexican coastal cuisine. Born and raised in San Diego, California, to a family originally from Mazatlán, Sinaloa, Claudia grew up with her mother and grandmother, who taught her how to cook since she was a little girl. Currently, she lives in San Diego with her teenage daughter.

Chef Ennio Carota is a winner of a prestigious Michelin star and one of the most beloved and well-known exponents of Italian cuisine. His experience, wisdom and charisma have made him one of the most recognized faces of the culinary world. Ennio was born in Torino, Italy, and has traveled the world to explore the diverse cuisines of Asia, Australia, the Caribbean, North America, Latin America and Europe. He owns Pastamore, an Italian restaurant in Santiago, Chile. This master of the kitchen has become a popular personality in multiple TV shows, including his role as judge in Chile’s editions of “MasterChef” and “MasterChef Junior.”

Chef Benito Molina is one of Mexico’s best chefs who has worked in top restaurants in Europe, Latin America and the United States. He has become a representative of Mexican cuisine internationally and has served as judge in five successful seasons of MasterChef Mexico. Born in Mexico City, Benito is the recipient of important recognitions, including the Pintxo 2007 award in San Sebastian, Spain. He owns Manzanilla, the first Mexican restaurant in Baja California, where everything on the menu is cooked in firewood.

MasterChef Latino’s digital host, Chef James Tahhan, from Telemundo’s “Un Nuevo Día,” is one of the most distinguished and popular chefs in U.S. Hispanic television. He is the author of “Cocina en Casa con Chef James.” Born in Venezuela to Syrian parents, James identifies his cooking style as classical yet modern international. He graduated from the prestigious “Le Cordon Bleu School of Culinary Arts” and is the owner of a grass-fed meat brand called “Honest Farm by Chef James.”

Fans can also join “Masterchef Latino” on Instagram, Facebook and Twitter by following @MCLatinoTV and using hashtag #MasterChefLatino.

Chef Aaron Sanchez Returns to MasterChef as a Permanent Judge

Chef Aaron Sanchez Returns to MasterChef as a Permanent Judge
Written by Jesus Figueroa
A new exciting season of MasterChef brings Chef Aaron Sanchez to the MasterChef kitchen and this season sees the judges in the role of mentors.
Sanchez comes back with more experience and confidence to compete with the other judges.

“It feels great to be back on the show with a whole new round of home cooks competing for the title,” Sanchez said. “I’ve really honed my ability to be a mentor through this show and feel like I am part of a family with the cast and crew, so it’s great to be back again this season.”

There is a new dynamic with judges now acting as mentors, this changes the way judges/mentors do their judging.
Having the competition aspect between the judges/mentors gets a larger investment into the home cooks, especially the team the judges/mentors build.

“This new element is so much fun because Joe, Gordon and myself are now competing with each other. I still have to be as unbiased as possible when judging, but it is really hard when someone on my team lets me down, but on the flip side it makes it that much better when someone really succeeds,” Sanchez said. “Being a mentor has been so fulfilling and it’s great to take this journey with the contestants and impart as much knowledge on them as I possibly can. It definitely deepens my investment because I put my own name on the line for all my team members and it really reflects on my judgement when they fail or rise to the top.”

The friendship between the judges has always been apparent, so has the friendly rivalry, but as the judges now go head-to-head the excitement is increased.
The judges get to be a bigger part of the success of the home cooks that join the show.

“Well, we always had fun but now we are really playing around with taking digs at each other and fighting for our team to win,” Sanchez said. “Is there anything else that will surprise audiences in what remains of the season? I mean the challenges are just getting more and more difficult as the show progresses and we put these home cooks under extreme pressure. The real life experiences are getting so authentic and there are so many shocking moments as to who rises to the occasion and who falls flat.”

The season really becomes more competitive, both for the home cooks and the chefs as the seasons comes to the finale.
The home cooks get pushed to be their best and even rise to the occasion.
But, as Sanchez sees this season through to the end, he looks to continue to help people realize their culinary dreams.

“I have the Aarón Sánchez Scholarship Fund and this is really another place where I get to empower cooks through education and mentorship,” Sanchez said. “I am extremely passionate about helping the next generation of Latino and Latina chefs rise up and become the next wave of culinary leaders. You can get more information at aaronsanchezscholarshipfund.com

 

@Thisfunktional talks with Claudia Sandoval MASTERCHEF LATINO

Written by Jesus Figueroa (@Thisfunktional)

MasterChef Latino judge Claudia Sandoval talks with Jesus Figueroa, @Thisfunktional of Thisfunktional.com, about being a part of Telemundo’s “MasterChef Latino.”

Sandoval talks about a bit of what is to be expected from “MasterChef Latino,” how having been on a contestant of “MasterChef USA” sets her apart from the other judges and how she feels its both good and bad knowing what the contestants are going through.

Since Sandoval won “MasterChef Latino” she has had many opportunities open up for her. she continues to stay connected on social media and present herself as real as she possibly can.

Sandoval isn’t afraid to show her real self and experiences on social media and talks about showing fans her reality on social media through her post and live streams.

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Claudia Sandoval sets sail abroad the MasterChef Cruise | #masterchef #cruise

MasterChef Cruise Sets Sail With Exciting New Lineup Of Onboard Entertainment and Interactive Cooking And Food Sessions

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  • Guests Can Participate in Mystery Box Challenges, Q&A Sessions, Chef Talks, Hands-On Demonstrations and Much More!
  • MasterChef Season 8 Winner To Join Previously Announced Winners: All-Stars Shaun O’Neale (Season 7 Winner), Claudia Sandoval (Season 6 Winner), Luca Manfé (Season 4 Winner), Brandi Mudd (Season 7 All-Star) and Tanorria Askew (Season 7 All-Star).
  • New Onboard Credit Available For All Bookings

MasterChef Cruise presented by Endemol Shine North America, producers of the hit culinary competition MASTERCHEF airing Wednesdays (8:00PM-9:00PM ET/PT) on FOX and global event production company Life Journeys, invite foodies and fans alike on a seven-day culinary adventure at sea with an exciting new lineup of onboard entertainment and interactive cooking and food sessions that will allow them to watch, learn and eat with their favorite MASTERCHEF All-Stars.

Experience MASTERCHEF Live!  Not only will guests dive into the pristine waters of the Caribbeanbut they will immerse themselves in culinary expertise, tips and tricks and hear stories, ideas and step-by-step demonstrations directly from the MASTERCHEF All-Stars. All-Stars scheduled to appear include newly crowned MASTERCHEF Season 8 Winner (to be announced during the MASTERCHEF finale on Sept. 20), Shaun O’Neale (Season 7 Winner), Claudia Sandoval (Season 6 Winner), Luca Manfé (Season 4 Winner), Brandi Mudd (Season 7 All-Star) and Tanorria Askew (Season 7 All-Star).

The MasterChef Cruise will offer engaging and interesting demonstrations perfect for the everyday home cook looking to explore their skills in the kitchen and inspiration with new culinary ideas including:

Mystery Box Challenges

Guests, alongside the All-Stars, will be invited to participate in the ever-popular Mystery Box Challenge (as seen on MASTERCHEF) where they can test their culinary capabilities and skills using mystery ingredients and mystery themes

Q&A Sessions

Guests will have the opportunity to get up close and personal with the All-Stars– asking questions, interacting and learning with the All-Stars to become the best home cook on the block.

Chef Talks and Hands On Demonstrations

Guests will experience Cooking 101 Sessions with the All-Stars, who will give them insights to their top dishes, favorite ingredients, and secrets to becoming a success in the kitchen.

Pressure Tests

Guests will join the All-Stars for a themed and Caribbean-inspired culinary Pressure Test (as seen on MASTERCHEF) that will allow them to cook dishes mixed with classic and exotic ingredients in a timed, competitive setting.

Battle of the Home Cooks

Guests will be invited to participate in challenges judged by the All-Stars, including a baking challenge, a burger challenge, a taco challenge and more. They will also be encouraged to get their personal recipes ready for a chance to be selected to go on stage to test their culinary talents against fellow guests.

Extra Credit: Pop Quizzes, Games & Relay Races

Guests will challenge their culinary and MASTERCHEF knowledge with fun and informative games and trivia peppered throughout the week.

Soon, the MasterChef Cruise will also be announcing Premium VIP upgrade experiences such as Chef Inspired 5-course dinner and luncheons, intimate cooking demonstrations, cruise ship kitchen tours, and much more. Check the MasterChef Cruise website often for updates.

All programming is subject to change.

The seven-day cruise sets sail November 12-19, 2017 on-board Holland America Line’s first Signature-class cruise ship, ms Eurodam. Embarking from Fort Lauderdale, FL, it will visit Grand Turk, Turks and Caicos; San Juan, Puerto Rico; Philipsburg, St. Maarten; and Half Moon Cay, Holland America Line’s award-winning private island in the Bahamas.

MasterChef Cruise is offering guests instant onboard dollars to use towards rejuvenating spa treatments, unique shore excursions, specialty restaurants, casino and additional onboard amenities the ship has to offer! From $50 to $150, per person, based on cabin category, guests can enjoy an extra serving of fun from MASTERCHEF. The following breaks down onboard credits:

Interior Stateroom: $50 per person

Ocean-View Stateroom: $50 per person

Verandah Stateroom: $100 per person

Signature Suites: $150 per person

Neptune Suites: $150 per person

Terms and conditions apply.

For more information and the full MasterChef Cruise itinerary, visit www.masterchefcruise.com.

 

CHEF AARÓN SÁNCHEZ TO JOIN JUDGES’ PANEL OF “MASTERCHEF” SEASON EIGHT, PREMIERING SUMMER 2017 ON FOX

CHEF AARÓN SÁNCHEZ
TO JOIN JUDGES’ PANEL OF “MASTERCHEF” SEASON EIGHT,
PREMIERING SUMMER 2017 ON FOX

1Celebrated chef and restaurateur Aarón Sánchez will join Chefs Gordon Ramsay and Christina Tosi as the third judge throughout Season Eight of the hit culinary competition series MASTERCHEF, premiering Summer 2017.

A James Beard Award-winning chef, Sánchez is chef/owner of Mexican restaurant Johnny Sánchez, with locations in New Orleans and Baltimore. He co-starred on “Chopped” and “Chopped Junior,” and is the author of two cookbooks “Simple Food, Big Flavor: Unforgettable Mexican-Inspired Recipes from My Kitchen to Yours” and “La Comida del Barrio.” An active philanthropist, Sánchez launched his own charity, the Aarón Sánchez Scholarship Fund, empowering aspiring chefs from the Latin community to attend culinary school. An avid tattoo lover, he also is a partner in the world-famous ink shop “Daredevil Tattoo” in New York City.

Sánchez was a guest judge on Season Seven of MASTERCHEF and also will be featured in upcoming episodes of MASTERCHEF JUNIOR Season Five, airing Thursdays (8:00-9:00 PM ET/PT) on FOX.

MASTERCHEF is produced by Endemol Shine North America and One Potato Two Potato, and is based on a format created by Franc Roddam and Endemol Shine. Elisabeth Murdoch, Eden Gaha, Michael Brooks, Robin Ashbrook, Gordon Ramsay, Adeline Ramage Rooney, Patricia Llewellyn and Ben Adler serve as executive producers. “Like” MASTERCHEF on Facebook at facebook.com/MasterChef. Follow the series on Twitter @MASTERCHEFonFOX and join the discussion at #masterchef. Follow the judges on Twitter: Gordon Ramsay – @gordonramsay; Christina Tosi – @christinatosi; AarónSánchez – @Chef_Aaron.

SAIL AWAY TO THE EASTERN CARIBBEAN ON THE MASTERCHEF CRUISE RETURNING NOVEMBER 2017

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Sail Away To The Eastern Caribbean On The MasterChef Cruise Returning November 2017 With A Line Up Of MasterChef Winners And Fan Favorites From The Hit Culinary Competition Series

  • MasterChef Winners Shaun O’Neale (Season Seven), Claudia Sandoval (Season Six), Luca Manfé (Season Four) and Fan Favorite Brandi Mudd (Season Seven Finalist) among featured talent to appear.
  • Embarking from Ft. Lauderdale, FL, the MasterChef Cruise will visit Grand Turk, Turks and Caicos; San Juan, Puerto Rico; Philipsburg, St. Maarten; and Half Moon Cay, Holland America Line’s award-winning private island in the Bahamas.

Building on last year’s successful second run of the MasterChef Cruise, the MasterChef Cruise is returning to the Caribbean for a third serving of culinary delight at sea November 12-19, 2017.

Presented by Endemol Shine North America, producers of the television series and events company Life Journeys, the MasterChef Cruise will bring back current MasterChef season seven winner Shaun O’Neale, who’s exquisite flavors and thoughtful dishes won over the MasterChef judges and earned him the winning title. Former MasterChef winners Claudia Sandoval (Season Six) and Luca Manfé (Season Four) are also set to return. Fan favorite Brandi Mudd (Season Seven finalist) will join the winners circle. Each chef will bring to the table their individual specialties, techniques and the ultimate show experience for fans and foodies alike while visiting the beautiful islands of the Caribbean.

Guests can look forward to the week-long adventure at sea with opportunities to expand their own culinary skills. The MasterChef Cruise will offer 15 hours of theatre programming such as cooking demonstrations, mystery box challenges, pressure tests, audience participation and more inspired by the show, MasterChef. A number of premium events and dining experiences will also be available. All events and programming are exclusive to MasterChef Cruise guests and will be announced at a later date.

New in 2017, the MasterChef Cruise will sail to the Eastern Caribbean on Holland America Line’s first Signature-class cruise ship, ms Eurodam. Now, as part of a $300 million fleet enhancement initiative, Eurodam recently received enhancements showcasing a host of exciting updates, including a new lounge, dining and entertainment venues, and completely refreshed suites.

The 7-day cruise setting sail November 12-19, 2017 will embark from Fort Lauderdale, Fla. and it will visit Grand Turk, Turks and Caicos; San Juan, Puerto Rico; Philipsburg, St. Maarten; and Half Moon Cay, Holland America Line’s award-winning private island in the Bahamas.

To learn more about the third MasterChef Cruise and relive last year’s tasteful voyage, guests can visit www.masterchefcruise.com

A MasterChef Culinary Adventure at Sea

A MasterChef Culinary Adventure at Sea

The MasterChef Cruise sets sail November 6. Here are the TOP 5 Reasons why you don’t want to miss this delicious once-in-a-lifetime opportunity filled with FOOD, FUN, and ADVENTURE:

 

1. Meet the All Stars!


The MasterChef Cruise will satisfy your appetite with meet-and-greets, signings, culinary events and demonstrations featuring the MasterChef All Stars including Shaun O’Neale(MasterChef Season 7 Winner) Claudia Sandoval (MasterChef Season 6 Winner), Luca Manfé (MasterChef Season 4 Winner), Elizabeth Cauvel (MasterChef Season 5 Runner-up), Leslie Gilliams (MasterChef Season 5 Contestant), Addison (MasterChef Junior Season 4 Winner), Zac (MasterChef Junior Season 4 Contestant), Sean (MasterChef Junior Season 2 Contestant).



 

2. Experience MasterChef LIVE!!


Go behind the scenes of America’s favorite cooking show with over 14 hours of interactive entertainment featuring Mystery Box Challenges, Pressure Tests, One-on-One Battles, Relay Races, and an all-out Finale Cook Off where the All Stars will go head-to-head in a tournament-style challenge that eliminates contestants course-by-course until one final All Star is named the 2016 MasterChef Cruise Champion.



 

3. It’s a DOUBLE SERVING OF VACATION: an exciting opportunity to experience MasterChef LIVE at Sea and an EXTRAVAGANT CARIBBEAN CRUISE


In addition to the MasterChef events, you can enjoy all of the amazing amenities and services that Holland America’s Nieuw Amsterdam has to offer including 3 Pools, Fitness Center, Spa and Salon, 11 Bars and Lounges, 5 Dining Options, and 24-Hour Complimentary Room Service as you explore the gorgeous islands of Turks & Caicos, Puerto Rico, St. Maarten, and Bahamas.



 

4. Learn Chef’s Secrets


From the Perfect Pasta to the classic Mexican favorite, Homemade Tamales, to aDelectable Croquembouche and everything in between; learn expert tips and tricks from the All Stars with live cooking demonstrations and skills seminars.

Want to sharpen you skills as you prepare for the Cruise? Go HERE to download the Fall MasterChef Recipes and get cooking.



 

5. Taste the Food!


Ever wanted to reach through the screen and take a bite of the dishes on MasterChef? Now you can. Intimate dining options include an extravagant Italian tasting menu created by Luca, an elevated Mexican Street Food Fiesta with Claudia, an Asian-inspired menucreated by the Juniors and MANY MORE.

Go HERE for a full listing of dining options and other Premium Onboard Events.