David Williams Continues Excellent Run on MasterChef USAugust 10, 2016 3:49 pm
David Williams has continued his excellent run in Season 7 of the popular TV show MasterChef, and in the latest episode his quick thinking saved his teammates’ bacon after the poker pro carefully sliced off the burnt parts of a piece of pork before Gordon Ramsey had time to inspect the dish. William’s Blue Team subsequently won the challenge, meaning his chances of ultimately winning the show remained intact for at least another week.
The show’s first place prize of $250,000 would usually be motivation enough for most contestants to strive for victory, but for David Williams it is not the money but his competitive nature which has provided the biggest incentive to triumph over his fellow contestants. After all, Williams has thrived in the highly competitive and volatile world of tournament poker for more than 12 years, having racked up $8,687,734 in winnings over his impressive career.
David Williams background means that he is not only unfazed by the rigors and demands of competing on the high-pressure cooking show, but that he also believes he has a competitive advantage over the rest of the field. Elaborating further, Williams explained:
“I’ve been in so many high-stress, high-value situations. I’ve been playing for millions of dollars under the lights many times. I’ve kind of got nerves of steel. Not to brag, but pressure doesn’t get to me.”
David Williams is not the only poker pro who has found a measure of success competing in reality TV shows, though. In 2007, for instance, Jean-Robert Bellande finished in 8th place on ‘Survivor: China’, while last year Vanessa Rousso finished Big Brother in 3rd place. In the world of TV quizzes, Alex Jacob also had the poker community following his every exploits as he made a deep run in the show Jeopardy!, eventually winning six games for $151,802, before notching up a further $250,000 after winning the 2015 Jeopardy Tournament of Champions.