‘Masterchef’ contestant Kelsey Murphy wows judges in first challenge

For “MasterChef’s” Indianapolis-area contestant, things appear to be going swimmingly.

First, Kelsey Murphy, a physical therapist from Fishers, wowed a celebrity chef panel, including guest Paula Deen, with a trout dish to earn a spot on this season of the Fox cooking show in an audition episode that aired last week. 

Then on the first elimination cooking episode that viewers saw Wednesday night, Murphy came face-to-face with an inspiration when chef Masaharu Morimoto was revealed as the guest judge.

Kelsey Murphy on MasterChef:Fishers mom competes on MasterChef 2021

“He is really my first memory of watching food on TV and that’s where I feel like my passion for elevated cooking came from,” Murphy told IndyStar.

Fishers resident Kelsey Murphy competes on the 11th season of the Fox series "MasterChef".

The field of 15 contestants vying for a $250,000 prize were challenged to make dishes with monkfish fillets cut by Morimoto.

Appearing calm throughout the challenge, Murphy rose to the opportunity. Her dish was named the best dish and won her a trip to Las Vegas to dine at the chef’s Morimoto restaurant at the MGM Grand.

She had one hour to cook the dish using her fish fillet and selecting ingredients from the set. She went with Asian flavors.

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