Israeli Arab finishes victorious in TV reality cooking program ‘Master Chef’

 

‘Master Chef’ winner Nof Atamna-Ismaeel, says she’ll use TV show’s prize money to open Arab-Jewish cooking school.

 

Nof Atamna-Ismaeel won the fourth season of Israeli reality cooking show “Master Chef” on Saturday night.

Noff Otmana Ismail, Israeli Arab winner of 'Master Chef'

Noff Otmana Ismail, Israeli Arab winner of ‘Master Chef’ – Photo: Oded Karni

Atamna-Ismaeel, 32,,  from the Israeli Arab town Baqa al-Gharbiyyewho cooks Arab food with a modern twist. She has a PhD in microbiolog and is  married with three kids.

Upon winning, Atamna-Ismaeel said it was “the most exciting moment in her life,” and said she plans on using the prize money to open an Arab-Jewish cooking school.

The season, which aired on Channel 2, began with 14 contestants and was narrowed down to three for the finale.

The most-watched television show in Israel, Master Chef’s semi-final, which was broadcast last week, was watched by 37.8% of households in Israel.

Last year, the finale of the third season broke record ratings, making it the most-viewed TV episode in Israeli history. That year Tom Franz, a German immigrant to Israel, won the cooking competition.

 

View original HAARETZ publication at: http://www.haaretz.com/life/movies-television/1.583998

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