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Tell me a little bit about yourself. - 
My name is Jake and I'm 11 years old.  I live in Bellingham, MA with my Mom and 15 year old Sister, Haley.  I have a Yorkie Poodle named Arthur and I love to cook, draw and write screenplays.  I'm apart of a big family that has always been influenced by cooking...most of my family is in the food business!  We all love to eat!  The family that cooks together, stays together... 

What made you decide to be on Masterchef Junior? - 
I decided to audition for MasterChef Junior because I have a love for cooking and wanted to prove to the world I could really cook!  I also wanted to make my Dad (and family) proud of me.  My Dad passed away almost two years ago from cancer, he was an amazing Chef!  His risotto was awesome!  I auditioned for myself...but also for him.  He would have loved this and I know he's smiling down on me from heaven & he's super proud of me. 

What has been your favorite part of being in the top 40? - 
My favorite part of being in the Top 40 was meeting all these other cool kid chefs like me! Everyone really LOVED cooking but we all have different personalities and backgrounds...so we all cook different stuff!  I picked up so many great recipe ideas!  It was so much fun!

What is one thing you want to learn how to cook? - 
I have always wanted to learn how to make baked goods!  Especially my Mom's Chocolate Lava Mug Cakes.  Baking is an exact science and I want to get better at it!  Also; something sweet always makes people feel good inside!

What is your signature dish? - 
I have a few signature dishes actually; my Dad's BBQ Shrimp (secret family recipe!), Roasted Veggie & Herb Cheese Panini or Big Burgers and Homemade Potato Chips!  

What are some of your other hobbies - 
My other hobbies include; watching all kinds of movies, I'm a bit of a movie nerd!  I'm also into Drama Club.  I'm currently in my school production of 'Guys and Dolls Jr." ...I'll be playing "Nicely Nicely".  You can also find me drawing comics, working on my screenplay or snowboarding in the winter.

What do you want to be when you grow up? - 
I either want to be a an Executive Chef like my Dad or a Comedian...some people tell me to be a "Funny Chef" like Alton Brown.

What are your plans after the show is over? - 
After the show I plan to keep cooking and being creative!  I want to start my own YouTube cooking channel to encourage kids to get in the kitchen and learn to cook!  Cooking brings people together and I think it's something the world needs right now...togetherness.    

What is a fun fact about you? - 
A fun fact about me is that I won 1st place for my Cinnamon Corn Muffins and 2nd place overall in my school's annual chili cook-off!  My secret ingredient this year was cinnamon in both....Shhhhh!  

What are you watching on TV these days? - 
I'm watching mostly cooking shows, The Simpson's, This Is Us (with my Mom) and Bob's Burger's (with my Sister)....and of course, MasterChef Junior!  

Anything else you want to tell America? - 
I would like to tell America that no matter what happens to you in your life, you can always make things better by choosing to be happy.  I wasn't the happiest when I auditioned but I pushed myself and now I'm on a TV show!....I met amazing new friends, I cooked for Gordon Ramsay!...and learned a ton about myself and that I should always follow my dreams no matter what!....and thanks for watching MasterChef Junior!   

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