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Conference News - Tue, Jun. 5, 2012

Tougaloo, MS-Season Three of MasterChef premiered last night on Fox.  There were 100 cooks from all over the world flown to Los Angeles, CA for the competition.  Amongst those 100 was former Tougaloo basketball player Joshua Marks, who played on the 2007 championship team and graduated in May 2009.


Marks, a 7-footer with an appetite for good food and the skill to make it so, is a native of Chicago, IL.  The 25 year old cook came to Mississippi in 2005 to attend Tougaloo and to play basketball.  When he is not cooking, he works as a contract specialist for the U.S. Army in Vicksburg, MS. 


Marks was among nearly 30,000 hopefuls who auditioned for the show at open casting calls in 11 major cities, all vying for the MasterChef title and a $250,000 grand prize.  Contestants prepared their signature dishes for the judging panel and from their the judges would choose the best dishes to advance.  Marks was 1 of 11 people that advance in the first night of the two-night premiere. 


Marks says his passion for cooking food comes from his passion for eating food.  "That's pretty much it.  I love to eat good food so why not be able to cook it yourself and not have to spend a lot of money at restaurants?"


While preparing his dish for the judges, Marks was asked by a judge why he didn't pursue a career in basketball because of his height and he responded by saying that people had other plans for him, but he wanted to follow his dream of cooking. 


Marks will appear on the next round of the show with the hopes of eventually becoming the next MasterChef.  Marks can be followed on Twitter and Facebook at @JoshMarksCooks.