Three episodes into “Masterchef,” and we never saw Mason native Krystal Eggerding Mandap identified on the show.
And now we know why: Producers didn’t feature her story in the preliminary round, as one of the lucky 100 contestants this season, because she didn’t make make the top 36 revealed last night.
Krystal, 31, of West Chester, says she saw herself several times last night, and she’s proud to make it as far as she did. Her email today:
“I only made the top 36, which isn’t too bad out of 30,000 hopefuls, but yes very disappointing. I did see myself a lot last night. They did not do a feature on me, but I was in the front row and the camera was on my face when I was told I had to leave. Of course it was a fun experience and I would do it again if they asked.”
She’s rooting for:
Christine Ha, 32, the blind grad student from Houston.
Anna Rossi, 28 from the husband-wife duo (he was eliminated last night). She’s a pharmaceutical sales rep from Boston.
Frank Mirando, 28, a stockbroker from NY
Scott Little, 38, an interactive producer from Virginia. (Read more about the contestants here. The show airs 9 p.m. Monday-Tuesday on Fox/Channel 19.)
“I got know those contestants fairly well and were all passionate and good people! Thanks for your support. I have a lot going on since the show, so hopefully this is only the beginning of my journey!” she says.
Krystal, a 1999 Kings High School graduate, quit her food sales job in February to tape the show. She’s working part-time at La Poste Eatery in Clifton.