facebook twitter rss
David Martinez in "MasterChef"
David Martinez MasterChef
David Martinez from "MasterChef" is one of the top 18 contestants in Season 3 of the FOX reality cooking competition series. He is a 32-year-old educational administrator from Glencoe, Illinois.

Here is an interview with David Martinez ("MasterChef"):

Who was your first cooking inspiration?

I really feel my first true cooking inspiration was Jeff Smith from "The Frugal Gourmet". I would watch his show religiously on WTTW in Chicago. Jeff would awe me with his sensibility of food. Even at the age of 7 or 8, I would sit for hours and watch his television show. Honestly, all of the WTTW food lineup of the '80s inspired my love for cooking. I think I naturally gravitated toward food, but these people really made me want to learn to cook. Jacques Pepin, Ming Tsai, Julia Child with that voice; it was truly amazing to watch them cook. I would sit home on school days and just look at what they were doing and try my best to emulate their standards and the way they moved. I love it.

What is the first dish you ever mastered?

None, really. I don't think I've mastered much of anything. I mean, there are things that I cook really well — eggs, mac and cheese, pate, beef — but to call yourself a master takes years of practice, and I just don't think I'm there yet. One dish I think I make really well is mashed potatoes. It's dumb, I know, but I have perfected my mashed potato recipe. Just enough garlic to give it bite, cream, milk, waxies, butter of course, and that's it. I make them all the time and everyone loves them. I have been working on my mole poblano for the better part of the last 15 years, and that comes out really well most of the time. Balanced, flavorful. I actually love putting my mole on top of a nice lean piece of roasted pork. It tastes so good.

What is your favorite thing to cook?

Wow, this is a big question. I like to cook anything. Actually, my favorite thing to cook is always something I haven't made before. I know that sounds weird, but I will make something for weeks until I get it perfect. So the last couple of weeks it has been profiteroles. Those little cream-puffed buggers, I just can't seem to get them right. I try to make it with a whisk by hand, in the Kitchen Aid, they just won't puff in the oven. I am extremely distraught; brought to tears, almost. One day, I will get these things to puff, and I will make them with cheese and they will be fantastic. Until then, I cry.

What did you learn as a contestant on "MasterChef"?

I learned that I need to be more calm. I learned that I have a lot to learn. Most of all, I learned to respect the skills of others, the time people put into getting to know you, and have some self confidence. That's the one thing I am walking away with, I am more self-confident. "MasterChef" was a whole experience and I am truly grateful I had the opportunity to go through this process. Best thing ever.

Endemol Shine Names Ivan Nash Vila as Chief Financial Officer
TV News Roundup: 'MasterChef' Season 7 Premiere Date, New 'Kimmy Schmidt' Trailer
Gordon Ramsay Signs New 2-Year Deal with Fox
'MasterChef' Interview: Amanda Saab Dishes on Cooking for a Cause
'MasterChef' Recap: No One's Crabby in the Kitchen
Interview: Graham Elliot on the New Dynamic of 'MasterChef' and His New 'Crazy' Venture
TV Ratings: 'Dancing' Leads Monday With Premiere Low, 'Dome' and 'MasterChef' Rise
'MasterChef Junior' Serving Up Season 2
'MasterChef' finalist Josh Marks dies at 26
'MasterChef' Runner-Up Joshua Marks Dead From Gunshot Wound at 26


Where does David Martinez live? Find out here.

Age: ∼36 years old
Current Residence: Glencoe, IL

"MasterChef" host and judges 'MasterChef' Season 7 Top 40 Contestants Revealed — Premiering Wednesday, June 1, the new season of the FOX reality competition series features an elementary school teacher, a professional poker player, a DJ, a nail technician, a yoga instructor, a pool lifeguard, an investigator and three firefighters among the forty hopefuls. Read more...
Claudia Sandoval in "MasterChef" 'MasterChef' Season 6 Reveals Top 22 Contestants — Following a powerful series of head-to-head battles to earn a coveted white apron, the top finalists in the FOX reality culinary competition series include a drummer, high school teacher, petroleum landman, fashion stylist and social worker. Read more...
'MasterChef' Season 6 Contestants Announced — Premiering Wednesday, May 20, the new season of the FOX series will feature 40 contestants from all walks of life representing 16 states, including an engineer, chiropractor, elementary music teacher, petroleum landman, fashion stylist and a drummer. Read more...

Who is David Martinez dating? What do you think of David Martinez?

Post a Comment
Display Name
E-mail (optional)
(not displayed with comment)
URL (optional)
  BB code and links are not permitted.