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Jessie Lysiak from "MasterChef" is one of the top 19 contestants in Season 4 of the FOX reality cooking competition series. She is a 27-year-old yacht stewardess from Social Circle, Georgia. Her lamb dish that earned her a spot in the "MasterChef" kitchen was Lamb Saddle with Chorizo, Sweet Potato and Butternut Squash.

Here is an interview with Jessie Lysiak:

Who is your primary cooking inspiration?

No one particular person is my inspiration for cooking. I get inspired by traveling and eating
Jessie Lysiak in "MasterChef"
Jessie Lysiak MasterChef
at restaurants that have foods I've never tried, and I also get inspired by farmers markets.

What are your favorite food blogs (besides your own)?

I've never been one to follow blogs but since being on the show and meeting Beth Kirby, I have loved her blog "local milk." Her recipes and food photography are stunning and inspiring.

What is your favorite/least favorite dish to eat?

If there is a duck or lamb dish on a menu you can almost guarantee that will be what I'm ordering! They are also my favorite go-to dishes to cook for company as well. My least favorite dish to eat, and I'm embarrassed to say, is sea urchin. I know all foodies love it but I have not acquired a taste for it ... and believe me I've given it a lot of tries.

What is your favorite/least favorite dish to cook?

My favorite dish to cook is my sea bass en croute with chive buerre blanc. It has a wow factor just looking at all the layers but once you taste it you immediately fall in love with the dish. My least favorite dish to cook would be any dessert. I "sample" it the whole time I'm cooking and then once it's done I eat at least 2 servings. So long story short when I make desserts I eat so much I make myself sick.

What is your favorite go-to dish to bring to a potluck?

I find so many boring salads at potlucks so why not start of a meal with a bang! I bring the most divine blue cheese pecan bread with a strawberry and spinach salad with cider vinaigrette. It's a crowd pleaser every time!

What is your favorite/least favorite type of cuisine and why?

My favorite type of cuisine to cook would be French. It's easy to disguise if something goes wrong. Just make a great sauce or add more butter! My least favorite cuisine ... hmm ... I truly haven't found a cuisine I don't like yet.

What travel destinations have you either been to or want to travel to for food inspiration?

My most inspiring food trip was to South Africa. I explored the country for one month trying meats and seafood I've never even heard of with techniques I was dying to learn. From the vegetables to their wine region, all were insanely beautiful and delicious. My next trip I would LOVE to go on for inspiration is Japan. The way the flavors are so intense and mixed so delicately with such great quality proteins is an art form in itself that I want to master.

What are your top 3 songs to cook to?

"Save the Last Dance for Me" by Michael Buble, "Feeling Good" by Michael Buble, and "Breaking Dishes" by Rihanna.

Why did you want to be a contestant?

There were two main reasons for being on "MasterChef." One was that I loved to cook for others, but I wanted confirmation that it was what I should make a career out of, I needed that validity. Secondly, it would create job opportunities that I couldn't create for myself as a chef.

What is your favorite comfort food and why?

My mom's lasagna. I've never had one that even compare to hers ... the world stops turning while you eat it ... it's that good!

Pick 3 words that define what meals with friends and family mean to you.

Necessary, savored, rejuvenating.

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Where does Jessie Lysiak live? Find out here.

Age: ∼30 years old
Current Residence: Social Circle, GA

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