St. Pete native Francis Biondi sent home on 'MasterChef'
In a rather surprising elimination on MasterChef Monday night, St. Pete native Francis Biondi was sent home from the competition. Judges asked him to leave the MasterChef kitchen after they deemed his spring roll the worst in a particularly tricky pressure test.
Biondi, who up until this point seemed like one of the show's top contenders, was in the pressure test for being part of one of the bottom two groups after the episode's Surf and Turf challenge. Biondi and partner Christian were there alongside Cutter and Dan, whose dish was so bad they threw it in the garbage at the request of the judges. When Cutter, who hasn't done very well with any challenge this season, also failed to perfect his spring rolls in the pressure test, it looked like he was going home.
But Gordon Ramsay and Co. decided to send Biondi, who was born in St. Petersburg and grew up in Pinellas County, home instead. What's Biondi, who currently lives in Orlando, going to do now? We spoke to him in May about his varied interests, his cooking background and what he really thinks of Ramsay. Let's just say he has a few fall-back ideas in case this whole cooking thing doesn't work out.