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Poker Pro David Williams Wins H2H Match To Become One Of 20 Contestants On 'MasterChef'

32-Year-Old Makes Pork Chops Dish To Advance

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Poker pro David Williams has advanced past a preliminary round of cooking and is now one of the official 20 contestants on the latest season of MasterChef.

Williams, winner of a World Series of Poker bracelet, was pitted against a 32-year-old marketer from Philadelphia on Wednesday’s broadcast. Both men were tasked with preparing pork chops. Williams went with pork chops with blue cheese grits, while his opponent went with brandied cherry pork chops with cauliflower puree.

The judges, Gordon Ramsay and Christina Tosi, weren’t fans of Williams’ blue cheese idea, but still ended up declaring him the winner.

All the contestants are vying for the $250,000 grand prize.

Poker fans who can recall the 2004 main event final table, which Williams finished second at, might be happy to know that Josh Arieh, who finished third, is cheering Williams on. Arieh didn’t appear to be a fan of Williams back in 2004.

MasterChef airs Wednesdays at 8 p.m. on FOX.