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Pinellas County native Francis Biondi is competing on this season of 'MasterChef'

Tampa Bay area native Francis Biondi grew up in the kitchen, sitting at the counter and watching his parents whip up Italian dishes with thick fettuccine noodles in creamy sauce. When he was 10, he made his first dish — pasta, of course.

Now he's bringing that lifelong culinary passion to a bigger kitchen: Biondi, 25, is a contestant on Gordon Ramsay's competitive cooking show MasterChef, which airs its second episode Monday on Fox. We talked to him about his passion for cooking, how he got onto the show, and what he thinks of Ramsay.

Click here for our full interview with Biondi, and look for him Monday night on MasterChef.

[Last modified: Friday, May 30, 2014 3:53pm]


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