Fuller Goldsmith, Top Chef Junior competitor has succumbed to leukemia on Wednesday, 6th October. Goldsmith entered the “Chopped Junior” and “Top Chef Junior” competitions when he was just 14 years old. This Saturday he would’ve turned 18 years.
The tragic news of his death was shared on social media platform Instagram by Magical Elves, the production company behind “Top Chef Junior.”
The company shared a heartfelt note on social media by writing, “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.”
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Magical Elves’ Instagram post further 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. 💜.”
Born in the city of Alabama he fought ferociously with acute lymphocytic leukemia – cancer of the blood and bone marrow four times. He was first diagnosed when he was a toddler at age 4.
Again when he was 7 years old, cancer returned and intense chemo treatment was given to him according to his mother Melissa Goldsmith. Goldsmith’s cancer was back again at age 11 for the third time.
A few months back in 2021 in the month of February Goldsmith disclosed on Instagram that “the same Leukemia is back.”
He wrote, “I will have 12 days of radiation and then more chemo to make sure it’s gone once and for all. I’m ready to fight!”
In the year 2017, he participated in the inaugural season of Universal Kids’ “Top Chef Junior” at the age of 14. However, owing to health issues he withdrew from the competition after he was hospitalized.
Below is one more post shared by Goldsmith in February this year. He mentioned in his post that the doctors have found a brain tumor and that he would undergo surgery.
After this news broke out Vanessa Lachey, host at “Top Chef Junior” said, “will never forget you Fuller!. We all Loved Fuller so much! And will never forget his contagious smile, laugh and butter tricks. Sending so much Love to his family. We will never forget you Fuller!”
Goldsmith has won in an episode of Food Network’s “Chopped Junior” by beating his three other chefs and used some amount of the prize money of $10,000 to create the Fuller’s Fund that will assist people dealing with extended treatment.
Another host Gail Simmons at “Top Chef Amateurs” added, “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. You are loved and missed, and forever in our hearts.”
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