Fuller Goldsmith Won the Chopped Junior as a Seven-Grader: The Young Chef is No More!
Fuller Goldsmith was introduced to the world as a talented little chef on the Food Networks' Chopped Junior. He won the competition and had gone on to compete in Top Chef Junior, though Fuller left the show midway due to health reasons. On Wednesday, October 6, the production company of the Top Chef Junior revealed Goldsmith's tragic death at the tender age of 17.
The production company, Magic Elves, wrote, "We are devastated after hearing about 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," further adding, "To his family, we give all our love as they mourn the loss of someone truly special."
Goldsmith's untimely death was confirmed by the Food Network's production company. Photo Source: NBC News
Goldsmith, an Alabama native, was battling acute lymphoblastic leukemia, a type of cancer that attacks the lymphoid line of blood. Fuller was first diagnosed with the disease at 3. The aspiring chef had gone through chemotherapy, spinal surgery, and a bone marrow transplant. Fuller is remembered as a fighter and a generous soul. He reportedly donated his entire prize money of $10,000 to Birmingham's Children's of Alabama hospital.
Food Network also remembered Goldsmith and shared their feelings with EW. We were devastated to learn of Fuller Goldsmith's passing. In addition to being a culinary force and a fierce competitor, he was a supremely generous person. Our hearts go out to Fuller's family and his friends as they mourn the loss of such a phenomenal young man," the statement read.
Fuller's cancer had returned for the fifth time in February. Source: Mashed
On his Instagram, @cheffullerGoldsmith, he kept his fans updated on his cheffing and health journey. Fuller's bio reads, "I can cook, 4x cancer champ, Chopped Junior champ." By the end of 2020, the Chopped Junior winner had beaten the cancer four-time, but he revealed in February that it had returned. "I will have 12 days of radiation and then more chemo to make sure it's gone once and for all," Fuller wrote on his Instagram back then.
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