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Natasha Crnjac from "MasterChef" is one of the top 19 contestants in Season 4 of the FOX reality cooking competition series. She is a 26-year-old stay-at-home mother from San Diego, California. Her lamb dish that earned her a spot in the "MasterChef" kitchen was Lamb Brain Tortellini with Saffron Emulsion and Roasted Heirloom Tomatoes.

Here is an interview with Natasha Crnjac:

Who is your primary cooking inspiration?

My father, everything that comes from my cooking inspiration has been from
Natasha Crnjac in "MasterChef"
Natasha Crnjac MasterChef
watching and learning from him for as long as I can remember. Then it just turned into an addictive passion. I think it's incredible what you can do with food, and how it can really bring people closer together.

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

Smitten Kitchen.

What is your favorite/least favorite dish to eat?

Least favorite: Haggis would be my least favorite dish. Gordon Ramsay may enjoy this, but me, not so much! Favorite: My favorite dish to eat is pan-fried codfish, coco beurre blanc, caviar lemon and crushed potato.

What is your favorite/least favorite dish to cook?

My favorite dish to cook is anything that you can add some artistic flare too! I honestly eat and cook almost everything so it's extremely hard for me to single something out.

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

You can't go wrong with Kale and Homemade Ricotta Ravioli! From fresh homemade pasta to fresh ricotta and fresh marinara sauce it's hard for people not to clean the plate with their tongues.

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

My favorite type of cuisine has to be Asian fusion. I love to bring bold flavors together and make them sing! I'm obsessed with other cultures and how they infuse flavors and combinations together. Not saying it's my least favorite, but Southern food has to be something I'm not a big fan of.

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

Thailand by far has to be one of my most favorite destinations, with its floating markets, the spices, and the amazing street food. Places I'm dying to visit include Morocco, Cambodia, Laos, Tokyo, Singapore, and the list goes on.

What are your top 3 songs to cook to?

"Sitting,Wishing, Waiting" by Jack Johnson, "Be My World" by Milky, and "Somewhere Over The Rainbow" by Israel Kamakawiwo'ole.

Why did you want to be a contestant?

After becoming a mother and getting married, I found myself wanting to do more and find my passion. I have more than a passion for food. I would say it's an immense love and obsession, so it only seemed right for me to apply to "MasterChef" and prove first and foremost to myself that I needed to be a part of the show, and then to my family, friends the rest of America.

What is your favorite comfort food and why?

I LOVE to make my homemade pizza. It's amazing how you can go with whatever mood you're in at that time and apply your toppings. You can pretty much create amazing flavors with thousands of ingredients to pick from. Now that is some comfort right there.

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

Pure, unadulterated, genuine.

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Where does Natasha Crnjac live? Find out here.

Age: ∼29 years old
Current Residence: San Diego, CA

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