The cooking world is mourning the loss of a young star. Fuller Goldsmith, winner of Chopped Junior, died after battling cancer. Now fans are wondering what happened to the cooking prodigy.
Fuller Goldsmith became famous after he was a contestant on Chopped Junior at the age of 14. He won his season and donated the $10,000 prize money to the Division of Hematology and Pediatric Oncology at Birmingham Children’s Hospital.
After winning Chopped Junior, Goldsmith went on to compete in the Top Chef Junior competition in 2017. He withdrew from the TV show to focus on his health.
He later cooked alongside Guy Fieri at the 2018 Stagecoach Festival. The TV show host and chef complimented Goldsmith on how much he had accomplished at such a young age. He said that the young chef was an inspiration to other kids who wanted to cook.
Goldsmith was a four-time cancer survivor and lived in Alabama. The young chef was originally diagnosed with leukemia at the age 3. He recently announced on his Instagram that his cancer had come back for a fifth time. He captioned his post, “I’m ready to fight, to keep my winning streak going.”
He was just 17-years-old when he passed away. This Saturday would have been his 18th birthday.
The production company for Top Chef Junior first reported the news of the young chef’s death. They posted a heartfelt tribute to him on their social media.
They said, “We are devastated after hearing about the loss of our Top Chef Junior alum, Fuller Goldsmith. He was an incredible chef and the strongest kid we’ve ever met,” the post read. “From the minute he was introduced to us, we knew he would make an impact on everyone around him and be a positive force in cooking world. To his family, we give all our love as they mourn the loss of someone truly special.”
Other famous chefs who worked with Fuller Goldsmith commented on the post and offered their condolences to his family and told their own wonderful stories about the boy. Gail Simons, judge for the competition franchise said, “We love you Fuller. Thank you for spending so much time with us. Your love of cooking was contagious and you taught us so much about courage and determination,” she posted. “You are loved and missed, and forever in our hearts.”
Since his appearances on TV, Fuller Goldsmith continued cooking. Before he passed, he got a job at Southern Ale House in Tuscaloosa, Alabama as their assistant chef and worked along side the Executive chef, Brett Garner.
According to the restaurant, Goldsmith was a loveable kid, always laughing and was able to create some amazing dishes before he tragically passed away.
The boy’s father said that his son always wanted to be a chef, ever since he was 4. “If he had the opportunity to go in a kitchen or work in a kitchen, that was something he truly loved,” his dad said. “He met a bunch of people and get an opportunity to do things most don’t get to do.”
Fuller Goldsmith said in an interview with Tuscaloosa Magazine back in 2017 that it was cooking that helped him fight through the pain of cancer. The young chef said that when he was lying down his legs would hurt, but moving around in the kitchen made the pain go away.