David Williams is truly a man of many talents. He attended Princeton, one of the most prestigious universities in America. He became a top-ranked Magic: The Gathering player. He took the poker world by storm in 2004 at the 2004 WSOP Main Event and has since then won nearly $10 million in both live and online. He was even rumored to have appeared in a foot fetish porn video. And now he's about to enter the realm of reality TV…. but not just any reality TV. Williams is tackling the highly-competitive cooking genre when he appears as a contestant, or “cheftestant” on the FOX series MasterChef.
Hosted by the foul-mouthed, brash Brit Gordon Ramsay, MasterChef is one of the most popular cooking-themed reality shows on American television along with Top Chef. MasterChef auditions amateur cooks, or home chefs, in a nationwide search and then picks the top 40 to compete on the show for $250,000 and other cool stuff like a cookbook deal. Williams made the cut! The new season of MasterChef, the seventh overall, debuts in June. Gordon Ramsay co-hosts the show with Christina Tosi and they have various other chefs and culinary legends as guest judges.
The original version of MasterChef originated in the UK. The American version is produced by One Potato Two Potato and Endemol Shine North America. MasterChef films in Los Angeles, but there are six aspiring chefs from the Las Vegas area including David Williams. When promoting the show, FOX's PR department was not shy about mentioning David Williams' occupation as a professional poker player. In fact, it seems as though they are billing him as one of the central figures. The press release stated: "Nationwide search brings 40 of the best home cooks to Los Angeles to compete for the 'MasterChef' title... Elementary School Teacher, Professional Poker Player, DJ, Nail Technician, Yoga Instructor, Pool Lifeguard, Investigator and Three Firefighters among the 40 Hopefuls."
David is a bloody good chef!
If Williams takes a sincere interest in something, he usually succeeds. So expect him to go deep this season. Williams had a knack for cards since his days on the Magic: The Gathering circuit. In the late 1990s, Williams had three Grand Prix wins a nine Top 8 finishes. He figured out he could make some real serious cash playing poker instead of Magic, and he took a shot. At the 2004 WSOP, Dutch pro Marcel Luske took Williams under his wing and helped Williams navigate his first-ever WSOP at Binion's. In the year after Chris Moneymaker won, Williams garnered significant media attention as a representative of the next wave of new blood who learned the game from logging endless hours of online poker. Williams went deep in the 2004 WSOP Main Event, with the always-flamboyant Luske in his corner. Williams made the final table and nearly won the entire thing, but Greg Raymer's experience was too much for the young Williams to handle. Hey, it was still an impressive feat and Williams shipped $3.5 million for his auspicious debut. Two years later, Williams won a WSOP bracelet in Stud.
In the last few years, Williams settled down and had a daughter. He's spent a lot of time in the kitchen cooking for his family and decided to hone his skills and take a shot the big time. Williams passed the MasterChef audition and became one of the 40 finalists. Even Gordon Ramsay raved about his food stating on Twitter that: “David is a bloody good chef.”
David Williams made the announcement yesterday via Instagram (@dwpoker)…