Israeli Arab microbiologist wins on Israel’s ‘MasterChef’ reality show

The logo for Israel's "Master Chef" reality TV show. Credit: Wikimedia Commons.

( An Israeli-Arab microbiologist and mother of three won the fourth season of Israel’s most popular reality TV show “MasterChef.”

Nof Atamna-Ismaeel, 32, who holds a PhD in microbiology and is from the Israeli-Arab town of Baqa al-Gharbiyye, described winning as the “the most exciting moment in her life.” She said she plans to use the prize money to open up an Arab-Jewish cooking school.

MasterChef is a popular reality TV show that originated in the U.K. It is now produced in more than 40 countries, including the U.S., where it airs on Fox Television Network and is hosted by Gordon Ramsay.

According to Haaretz, “MasterChef” is the most-watched reality show in Israel, with more than 37.8 percent of Israeli households tuning in to last week’s semifinal. 

Posted on April 6, 2014 .