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    'MasterChef Junior' Winner Began by Cooking Gluten-Free Food at Home

    Reviewed and edited by a celiac disease expert.

      His experimentation led to a love of cooking that led him to 'MasterChef Junior.'

    Caption: Dr Tim with the Junior Invention Test. Image: CC BY-SA 2.0--photoverulam

    Celiac.com 07/31/2019 - The Season 7 winner of the popular show, ‘MasterChef Junior,’ Che Spiotta, got started in cooking by eating gluten-free and trying to come up with good things to eat.

    Season 7 began with 24 contestants, all between the ages of 8 and 13. By the time the two-hour cook-off finale arrived, it was down to Ivy Angst, Malia Brauer and Che Spiotta.

    The finalists were challenged produce a three-course meal in front of an audience that included friends and family members. 

    When the dust settled and the tasting was done, judges Gordon Ramsay, Christina Tosi and Aron Sanchez awarded the $100,000 top prize Che Spiotta, the 12-year-old from upstate New York.

    Responding to reporters from Hudson Valley One, Che said his interest in cooking started as young as 3 or 4 years-old, because he was gluten-free and “there were just lots of foods [he] couldn’t eat.” 

    His experimentation led to a love of cooking that led him to 'MasterChef Junior.' As for what he loves most about cooking, Che says, “I love the creativity of it."

    Check out comments on Twitter at #MasterChefJunior

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    Jefferson Adams is Celiac.com's senior writer and Digital Content Director. He earned his B.A. and M.F.A. at Arizona State University, and has authored more than 2,000 articles on celiac disease. His coursework includes studies in science, scientific methodology, biology, anatomy, medicine, logic, and advanced research. He previously served as SF Health News Examiner for Examiner.com, and devised health and medical content for Sharecare.com. Jefferson has spoken about celiac disease to the media, including an appearance on the KQED radio show Forum, and is the editor of the book "Cereal Killers" by Scott Adams and Ron Hoggan, Ed.D.

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