This week we had the chance to talk to Becky Reams from MasterChef. She was unfortunately eliminated at the final three. Her passion and precision were impressive on the show. We can be certain that her career is just beginning and it sounds like there are some major opportunities for Becky. You can check out her blog at thedeliciousview.com, her writing and videos at whiskedfoodie.com, her twitter at twitter.com/MC3Becky, and her facebook at facebook.com/MC3Becky.
FoodBeat: How did you find out about MasterChef?
Becky Reams: My friends actually pressured me into it. They heard that auditions would be held close to where I live and thought that I could actually win. Initially I dismissed them. When someone tells you you’re good, you don’t really believe them. I thought that there would be many other competitors who would be so much better than me. Eventually I did try out and I was surprised that they moved me forward. I kept getting through to the next round of auditions and all of a sudden I was on the show. It was the most surreal thing!
FoodBeat: Do you think being a food photographer gave you an advantage over your competition?
Becky Reams: Actually I do think it gave me an advantage. Being a food photographer gave me an inside knowledge about the industry. I work with some great chefs and cooks and I see how they present their food. I know about color and composition of the plates. A big area that helped me was knowing how people would react when they saw a beautiful plate. It changes what you think the food will taste like. I’m also a huge food nerd and know a bit about the whole industry. It’s really my passion!
FoodBeat: Did you think you would make it to the final three?
Becky Reams: No way, definitely not! When I first started I thought I wouldn’t even get on the show. I came to every challenge with the mindset that if I try my best and believe in myself, the judges would let me through. In every challenge I put my heart and soul into the food. I tried so hard! I think the judges saw my passion and somehow I just kept doing well. I’m a big proponent of positive attitudes. Go out into the world and give what you want to get.
FoodBeat: It must have been hard being eliminated so close to the end.
Becky Reams: It was really tough. I went out in 3rd place. I had actually stayed up planning my final menu the night before I was eliminated. There was no part of my head that thought I would be leaving. It was hard, but now I can look back and see it all in a positive light. I had the opportunity to learn so much about myself and my cooking. While it was hard, I was there for a reason. I think the final two are really great cooks and deserve to be in the place.