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Monti Carlo from "MasterChef" is one of the top 18 contestants in Season 3 of the FOX reality cooking competition series. She is a 36-year-old homemaker from Los Angeles, California.

Here is an interview with Monti Carlo ("MasterChef"):

Who was your first cooking inspiration?

My mom. She had a huge library of cookbooks, and even though we were always on a tight budget (she was a single mom too), she always found a way to make exciting dishes from around the world. I vividly remember her
Monti Carlo in "MasterChef"
Monti Carlo MasterChef
showing me how to cook pancakes when I was 6 years old. She said, "When there's bubbles all over the top, they are ready to be flipped!"

What is the first dish you ever mastered?

I mastered making apple pie in my 30s. I tested out over a dozen recipes for crust. I tried raw apples, cooked apples, pureed, sliced, chunky, you name it. My fave recipe has a pecan caramel crumble topping, and I make it with thinly-sliced honey crisp apples. The crust is a mix of butter and shortening and has a splash of vodka. It's even flakier than I am, and that's pretty flaky.

What is your favorite thing to cook?

I love making oxtail stew! It's a slow cook recipe so it takes all day, and there's a lot of chopping involved, but the way your house smells about two hours in is outrageous! I knew I had a hit when my roomies would offer to clean the house as long as I spent the day making oxtail stew!

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

I learned so much on "MasterChef," but my biggest lesson was that I am capable of more than I ever dreamed of. Oh, and that you can, in fact, set a metal bowl on fire. It's actually really easy. All you need is a rubber bottom and an open flame.

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Where does Monti Carlo live? Find out here.

Age: ∼40 years old
Current Residence: Los Angeles, CA

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