James Nelson from "MasterChef" is one of the top 19 contestants in Season 4 of the FOX reality cooking competition series. He is a 26-year-old retail salesman from Victoria, Texas. His lamb dish that earned her a spot in the "MasterChef" kitchen was Lamb Vindaloo and Raita.

Here is an interview with James Nelson:

Who is your primary cooking inspiration?

My primary cooking inspiration is my mother. She showed me the value behind a well-cooked meal and the importance or learning to cook for yourself.

What are your favorite food blogs (besides your own)?

I don't frequent cooking blogs. I do, however, like Eater, and CultureMap is pretty cool too.

What is your favorite/least favorite dish to eat?

My favorite foods to cook are steaks. Nothing beats grilling excellent meat. I live in Texas after all.

What is your favorite go-to dish to bring to a potluck?

My favorite go-to dish for a potluck will always be Texas style chili. No beans, because beans don't belong in real chili.

What travel destinations have you either been to or want to travel to for food inspiration?

Spain and Japan, hands down.

What are your top 3 songs to cook to?

"Bohemian Rhapsody" by Queen, "This is Absolution" by Killswitch Engage, and any music by Justin Timberlake.

Why did you want to be a contestant?

I wanted to be a contestant to grow as a cook, test myself, and push myself to the limits and beyond. It was all about the journey for me.

What is your favorite comfort food and why?

Easy, tacos. I love tacos. Any kind, really. Preferably barbacoa.

Pick 3 words that define what meals with friends and family mean to you.

Comfort, love, memories.


Where does he live? Find out here.

Age: ∼29 years old
Current Residence: Victoria, TX

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