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Joshua "Josh" Marks was a contestant on Season 3 of MasterChef. He ranked in 8th place, but was later the runner up of that season. On October 11, 2013, he committed suicide by shooting himself in the head while battling with bipolar disorder and schizophrenia.


Josh was a tall man, but was a nice person and was always seen helping those in need whenever possible, one notable example was helping Christine fold tortellini despite not participating in the Pressure Test. He was kind and friendly to the other home cooks, while starting out as a strong cook. However, after returning back to the MasterChef kitchen, he was still nice, but became more competitive than before, as he would not provide help as much from before to prevent any of his competitors from benefiting from his advice (a notable instance when he would refuse to give David rice when the latter forgot it from the pantry), wanted to get rid of any potential competition by any possible means, and took the competition very seriously. Despite being inconsistent, he still established himself to be a strong cook, which allowed him to compete in the finals. He got along with the majority of the cooks, developing friendships with Christine, Becky, Felix, Monti (despite some issues early on) and a strong one with Frank before the latter backstabbed him for his own personal reasons that were very similar to his tactics. He disliked Ryan for his disrespect toward the judges and his horrid personality, Tali for his incompetence and inability to cook anything properly, and David for his delusional attitude, refusal to admit his mistakes, and being the weakest cook in the second half of the competition.

Season 3

Episode 1

Episode 2

Episode 3

Episode 4

Episode 5

Episode 6

Episode 7

Episode 8

Episode 9

Episode 10

Episode 11

Episode 12

Episode 14

Episode 15

Episode 16

Episode 17

Episode 18

Episode 19

Episode 20

Competition History

Week 4 In/In
Week 5 Win
Week 6 In/Win
Week 7 Pressure Test
Week 8 In/In
Week 9 In
Week 10 In/In
Week 11 High/In
Week 12 Eliminated
Week 14 Returned
Week 15 In/Low
Week 16 Low
Week 17 Win/Low
Week 18 Low
Week 19 High/Win
Week 20 Runner-Up

Post MasterChef

  • After his appearance, Josh sadly committed suicide in October 2013 after a battle with schizophrenia.


  • He is the first contestant to have a military background before coming to MasterChef.
  • With 4 challenge wins, he is tied with David (season 1) for fewest wins out of any finalist.
    • By extension, him and David hold this record for all male finalists as well.
  • He is the tallest contestant to ever compete in the show's history, as he was 7' 2'', the second being Noah from Season 10 who is recorded to be 6' 7''.
  • He is the first contestant to be reported as deceased with later being Ben Watkins from MasterChef Junior Season 6 (Junior U.S.)
  • He was a 7-footer who played basketball and excelled academically at Tougaloo College in Jackson, Mississippi, where he earned an economics degree cum laude in 2009.
    • As one of the tallest centers in the school’s history, Marks helped Tougaloo win its first conference championship in 2007.


  • "I think about food everyday, like all day, everyday. The opportunity to go into the MasterChef kitchen is the opportunity of a lifetime."
  • (After being eliminated) "I'm proud of my performance, proud of everything I did so far in this competition and I have no reason to hang my head. I feel like my full knowledge and my skills and abilities have increased tremendously being here. It's a huge opportunity to be able to learn directly from amazing chefs and restauranteurs. Just because I'm leaving MasterChef today doesn't mean I'm not gonna pursue my dream and doesn't mean I'm not gonna stop cooking. I'm still gonna be myself and cook my ass off.
  • (After being named Runner Up) "Christine is a tough competitor, I love her, I respect her; I'm just proud to be able to compete against her. I will never give up on my dream. It will come true, but whether MasterChef or not, it's definitely coming through."


Season 3

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MasterChef U.S. Season 3

Gordon RamsayGraham ElliotJoe Bastianich


Stacey AmagrandeMonti CarloMichael ChenTali ClavijoFelix FangChristine HàMike HillHelene LeedsScott LittleDave MackJosh MarksDavid MartinezFrank MirandoTanya NobleAnna RossiBecky ReamsSamantha De SilvaRyan Umane