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'MasterChef' season premiere features Baltimore contestant

Baltimore resident Andrew Michael Woods is among 40 of "the best home cooks in America" competing on the new season of "MasterChef," which premieres on at 8 tonight, May 20, on Fox with back-to-back one-hour episodes.

Woods, a native of Charleston, S.C., was not available to discuss his performance on this season's competition. But there's an encouraging sign -- he is the subject of the most prominent photo in the online press packet for the premiere episode.

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Full disclosure: Woods and I are friends.

The first episode, "Let the Battle Commence," shows the 40 hopefuls presenting their signature dishes to host/judge Gordon Ramsay and judges Graham Elliott and Christina Tossi. The second episode, "The Battle Continues," follows at 9 p.m. with the top 22 contestants competing.

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