Jackson's Josh Marks in MasterChef semifinals Tues

Josh Marks (Source: FOX.com/MasterChef)
Josh Marks (Source: FOX.com/MasterChef)

JACKSON, Miss. (AP) - Jackson home cook Josh Marks is so excited about the semifinals of the MasterChef reality show that he cheered on the phone with the Clarion-Ledger (http://on.thec-l.com/R9CrMT ).

Tuesday night on the Fox network show, he faces Christine Ha, a blind graduate student from Houston, Texas, and Becky Reams, a food photographer from Stilwell, Kansas.

On Sept. 10, judges Gordon Ramsay, Joe Bastianich and Graham Elliot reveal the winner of $250,000 and a book deal.

Semifinalists create dishes to showcase their personalities and passion for food and prepare a dish featuring a pair of chicken, lamb or frog legs.

Marks says Jackson fans plan a watch party at The University Place Sports Bar and Grill on Lynch Street next to Jackson State.

Information from: The Clarion-Ledger, http://www.clarionledger.com

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