Phoenix Resident Natanya Spears on MasterChef Auditions and Meeting the Judges

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Courtesy of Natanya Spears
The Phoenix resident will appear on Fox's reality television show MasterChef.
Fans of Fox's hit television series MasterChef know that the show searches for the best of the nation's home cooks and then lets them compete in a series of culinary challenges to win a cookbook deal and a $250,000 grand prize. The show's fifth season premiers next week and on Monday, May 26 the top 30 contestants will travel to Los Angeles to present their signature dishes to judges Gordon Ramsay, Graham Elliot and Joe Bastianich.

Among them will be Phoenix resident Natanya Spears a mother and construction coordinator who says she'd considered opening a restaurant but never thought she'd end up on reality T.V.

"I just never had the notion that I'd want to do anything on the level on MasterChef," Spears says.

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Spears, originally from Minneapolis, Minn., moved to the Valley three and a half years ago. At that time she was working in storm restoration and came to Phoenix following that fall hail storm that damages thousands of homes and cars.

She says she's enjoyed throwing dinner parties in her spare time, but never really explored the idea of turning her passion into a full-time career. The self-taught cook says she learned her way around the kitchen out of necessity -- as the older daughter of two girls with a busy mom, she just ended up doing a lot of the cooking.

"I kind of taught myself to make something out of nothing," Spears says. "That's sort of where the passion started."

But when it came to auditioning for MasterChef, Spears says she had reservations. Though Spears says she's done modeling and acting since she was a little kid, the idea of playing herself on television was an uncomfortable one.

Obviously, it didn't stop her from rocking the try outs.

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