Erryn Cobb from "MasterChef" is one of the top 18 contestants in Season 2 of the FOX reality cooking competition series. He is 26 year old, works in public relations and is from Chicago, Illinois. His signature dish is Stuffed Grilled Eggplant with Chorizo and Goat Cheese.

Q&A with Erryn Cobb ("MasterChef"):

Who was your first cooking inspiration?

My first cooking inspirations would definitely have to be my dad and my grandma. My dad usually cooked the daily meals that as a kid you don't really appreciate. Fridays were special because we made pizza. My siblings and I would start the dough and my dad would finish the pizzas when he got home from work. My grandma deserves equal credit as well. She was the one that made all of the unhealthy dishes that we loved. Her enchiladas and gumbo are still my favorites to this day.

What is the first dish you ever mastered?

My Mustard-Marinated Grilled Chicken. The chicken became the main event at all the post-football barbeques in college. We would have all of our teammates over, and as soon as the chicken came off the grill, it was gone!

What is your favorite thing to cook?

I love cooking tacos. I will make them for breakfast, lunch or dinner. There really isn't much that you can't turn into a taco. They are my favorite things to cook because they are my favorite things to eat.

What did you learn as a contestant on "MasterChef"?

My experience on "MasterChef" gave me a whole new outlook on food. I haven't traveled much, so all of my food knowledge is based off of my surroundings and what I see on TV. But being around so many different people with different flavor profiles and techniques has expanded my capabilities tenfold. You never stop learning, especially when it comes to being in the kitchen.


Age: ∼32 years old (age stated above was at time of writing)
Hometown: Chicago, IL

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