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Salem High grad makes it on 'MasterChef'

Conyers native and 2000 Salem High grad Elizabeth Cauvel is currently starring on Fox’s cooking competition show “MasterChef.” Cauvel enjoys making pasta dishes from scratch and will get a publishing deal for her own cookbook if she wins the show’s fifth season. (Special photo)

Conyers native and 2000 Salem High grad Elizabeth Cauvel is currently starring on Fox’s cooking competition show “MasterChef.” Cauvel enjoys making pasta dishes from scratch and will get a publishing deal for her own cookbook if she wins the show’s fifth season. (Special photo)

CONYERS – A Conyers native and Salem High graduate is demonstrating her culinary skills on Fox’s competitive cooking show “MasterChef.”

Elizabeth Cauvel, who was graduated from Salem in 2000, said she began taking an interest in cooking during her college years.

“I really started cooking myself late in college, and it was just something that I love doing,” said Cauvel. “I love eating, so cooking is kind of supplementary to that.”

After graduation from the University of Georgia with a bachelor’s degree in advertising, she went on to Creative Circus in Atlanta to complete her advertising portfolio before moving to Chicago. Cauvel now lives in New York City, where she has been residing for the past three and a half years.

A self-professed foodie, Cauvel said that she likes to cook a number of dishes. However, she particularly enjoys cooking pasta dishes from scratch, especially lasagna.

While on the show Cauvel has cooked a variety of dishes so far, including a potato soup that she had to make with ingredients provided without advance notice. For another one of the show’s competitions, she made a pork barbeque dish in the middle of the Mohave Desert for soldiers serving in the U.S. military.

“MasterChef,” which is considered America’s largest cooking competition, consists of contestants preparing various culinary creations to be judged by celebrity chefs and restaurateurs such as Gordon Ramsay, Joe Bastianich and Graham Elliot. This season started with 22 chef contestants. One contestant is eliminated at the end of each episode, with the last remaining contestant getting a publishing deal for his or her own cookbook.

With 13 contestants remaining, Cauvel is still in the running to win season five of “MasterChef.” The show airs on Fox Mondays at 8 p.m. Those who wish to follow Cauvel on Instagram can find her under the name elizabethcauvel.