Who is Josey? Atlanta's 'taco queen' wants to impress Aaron Sanchez on 'MasterChef: Legends'
"I am ready to get this apron, this apron is mine," Josie says while whipping up her signature dish — Brazilian Taco. With only 15 of the highly coveted white aprons up for grabs, the competition inside the 'MasterChef' kitchen is cut-throat.
The premiere episode of 'MasterChef' Season 11, dubbed the season of 'Legends', already saw five aprons being handed out by the judges, leaving the remaining hopeful contestants scrambling for the 10 aprons left behind for an opportunity to compete for the 'MasterChef' trophy and title. One of the hopeful contestants hoping to get her foot in the 'MasterChef' kitchen is none other than Josey. She is not only determined to get her hands on the white apron but also to impress her idol Aaron Sanchez. Read on to know all about this bold and confident home cook.
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Who is Josey?
Josey aka Tierra M Josey is a 30-year-old senior IT tech professional from Atlanta, Georgia. In her introduction on the show, Josey revealed that although she worked at an "awesome IT company" and loved her job, it just wasn't for her. Cooking is her passion and she is keen on exploring that. Like most of the contestants on 'MasterChef', Josey too is super excited at the prospect of meeting the celebrity judges of the show, especially the world-renown taco expert Sanchez.
She shared how in 2007 she first saw the celebrity chef on her television when her roommate switched it on. Ever since then she reportedly began following the popular former 'Chopped' judge. She described her experience in the kitchen cooking for her idol as a "dream come true". She also spoke about the pressure on her as a Black girl cooking tacos for Aaron. But she believes in taking risks and going all the way in with her motto "go big or go home".
According to her Instagram bio, Josey is the head chef and owner of an eatery called SZN. She describes herself as "Taco Queen". Her page is filled with several pictures of the delicious dishes served by the eatery, alongside glowing reviews from customers. In one of her posts, Josey revealed that her mother influenced her the most. She wrote, "HIS SZN WE CELEBRATE the birth of LALITIA “LEE” DUBOSE AKA “MOMMY” the person that has influenced me the MOST!!! Few know that EVERY weekend my Mommy and I would have a home cooked southern breakfast. A tradition that still stands today in my household. While she is no longer physically here anymore, I still hear your voice and the convos that morning talk brought about. So today on your birthday I pay homage to you and celebrate your legacy over “our” traditional breakfast. Thanks for being the BESTEST MOM anyone could EVER ask for. Happy Birthday Mommy Rest In Heaven."
We will have to watch the episode to see if Josey manages to impress her idol, Sanchez. The ongoing season dubbed as 'MasterChef: Legends' features some of the most accomplished chefs such as Emeril Lagasse, Paula Deen, Roy Choi, Nancy Silverton and Morimoto. These legendary chefs will be featured alongside the regular judges of the show, Gordon Ramsay, Joe Bastianich and Sanchez, to judge the dishes whipped up by the contestants. The upcoming episode features celebrity chef Curtis Stone as the guest judge.
'MasterChef: Legends' Season 11 airs every Wednesday at 8/7c only on FOX.