Punk rock foodie Derrick Fox reveals the secrets of the ‘MasterChef’ kitchen

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He’s a bit greedy and a bit rock ‘n roll. This week, we catch up with musician-turned-MasterChef candidate Derrick Fox.

The Fort Myers native graduated from Estero High School and pursued a career as a drummer with Naples-based rock band Later Days. After years of touring, Derrick recently put away his chopsticks for his other passion: cooking. He now works as a private chef, dividing his time between Dallas, Fort Myers and Los Angeles, where he twice appeared on the reality TV show MasterChef. In Season 6, he was a finalist. And in Season 12, he’s tied for seventh place. Although Derrick didn’t take home the trophy, he did turn his time on the show into a podcast titled A Bunch of Losers with Derrick Fox.

On his podcast, Derrick also interviews reality TV competitions as they all drink from mugs with a FOX emoji. At the end of each episode, he subjects the guests to a blind taste test, because whether he’s making music, appearing on a reality show or dreaming up new creations for his dessert brand, Epic Mega Cookie Company, Derrick is a foodie.

I recently spoke with Derrick Fox, aka Derrick Peltz, about how his music career prepared him to be a chef and what home cooks can learn from MasterChef cooking.

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