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Meet the 20 Home Cooks Competing on Season 8 of MasterChef

By PAULETTE COHN  @paulette49 

JUNE 8, 2017 – 12:06 AM

Jeff Philbin of Tampa moves on in the MasterChef kitchen

The Helicon marketing director was the last local home cook to compete for a coveted apron.

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 JUN 8, 2017 10 AM

Former Palm Coast resident premieres on MasterChef

by: Paige Wilson Staff Writer

Po-ta-toes: Did anyone from Tampa Bay get a MasterChef white apron?

We saw two of three home cooks with local connections compete in last night's premiere.

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'MasterChef' Season 8 features three contestants from Tampa Bay

Christopher Spata, Tampa Bay Times Times Staff Writer 

Tuesday, May 9, 2017

Hot pursuit: Meet two of the home cooks repping Tampa Bay on MasterChef

Jeff Philbin and Danny Flores are among the Season 8 contestants competing for a white apron.

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Three 'MasterChef' contestants from the Tampa Bay area talk cooking inspiration and more

MasterChef in tweets: Wine rooms aren't always what they appear to be

But Tampa's still in it, baby.

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 JUN 15, 2017 2 PM

MasterChef in tweets: Someone's voted out of the kitchen, Survivor style

Was it Tampa?

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 JUN 22, 2017 2 PM

MasterChef in tweets: That was a close one, huh?

Phew.

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 JUN 29, 2017 11 AM

Why Tampa’s MasterChef contestant is putting his ‘city on a plate’

Alexis Muellener

MasterChef in tweets: "Viewer discretion advised?" Yes!

Rated L for language, Episode 7 was much more entertaining than the last, especially for Tampa.

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MasterChef in tweets: A cow named Daisy, plus a twist in disguise

The cooking reality show delivered a much less-shouty episode.

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MasterChef interview: Jeff Philbin on competition to date, watch parties for good cause

Matt Carter

Homemade Broadcast: Tampa Bay’s Jeff Philbin Brings Cullinary Prestige to FOX’s “Master Chef”

Will Kuncz

MasterChef in tweets: We almost had a goner, again

How do I keep falling for this shit?

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Local MasterChef joins Good Day Tampa Bay

MasterChef in tweets: Desserts 2, Jeff 0

Time to make a comeback.

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MasterChef in tweets: Which bottom home cook gets lucky in Vegas?

We have to wait and see.

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MasterChef in tweets: The Long Night

Wednesday night's episode was looong, but there was no shortage of surprises — or upset.

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MASTERCHEF MEET JEFF

By Sammi Turano

MasterChef in tweets: Hey, judges, that was cool of y'all

The trio seemed like they were feeling real generous Wednesday night.

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Tampa's Jeff Philbin finishes strong among the MasterChef top 5

The Season 8 competitor might've gotten the boot, but he said he still feels like he won.

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Ernest Hooper: Amateur chef pitches Tampa like a pro on Gordon Ramsay show

Ernest Hooper, Times Columnist/East Hillsborough Bureau Chief