Fuller Goldsmith, a budding teenage chef who competed on “Chopped Junior” and “Top Chef Junior,” died of cancer at the age of 17.
magic elves, the production company behind “Top Chef Jr.”, confirmed Goldsmith’s death on Instagram on Wednesday.
“We are devastated to hear of the loss of our Top Chef Junior alum, Fuller Goldsmith,” the company wrote. “He was an incredible chef and the strongest kid we’ve ever met.”
The Alabama native battled acute lymphocytic leukemia — a cancer of the blood and bone marrow, according to Mayo Clinic – Since he was first diagnosed at the age of 4. His cancer returned by age 7 and his mother, Melissa Goldsmith, had undergone “intense chemo”. local outlet. Goldsmith’s cancer returned at age 11, and he received a bone marrow transplant. In February, Goldsmith revealed On Instagram that “the same leukemia is back.”
“I’ll have 12 days of radiation and then more chemo to make sure it’s gone once and for all,” wrote On instagram. “I’m ready to fight!”
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At the age of 13, Goldsmith participated in the inaugural season of Universal Kids. “Top Chef Junior” in 2017. He withdrew from the competition over health issues during the week following his hospitalization.
The magical elves said, “From the moment he was introduced to us, we knew he would make an impact on everyone around him and become a positive force in the world of cooking.” “To their family, we give all our love as they mourn the loss of someone truly special.”
At age 14, Goldsmith beat three other chefs to win in an episode of Food Network’s “Chopped Junior.” He used a portion of his $10,000 winnings to create the Fuller Fund to help families dealing with extended treatment.
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“Top Chef Junior” host Vanessa Lachey said she’ll “never forget you Fuller!”
“We all loved Fuller so much! And will never forget his infectious smile, laughter and buttery moves,” Lachey commented on the Magical Elves’ announcement. “Sending so much love to his family. We’ll never forget you Fuller!”
Gail Simmons, host of “Top Chef Amateur,” said: “We love you Fuller. Thank you for spending so much time with us. Your love of cooking was infectious and you taught us so much about courage and determination. You are loved and remembered, and forever in our hearts.”
Alabama Gov. Kay Ivey also paid tribute: “Deeply saddened to learn of the passing of Fuller Goldsmith of Tuscaloosa…he was an inspiration to all who knew him.”