Top Chef Junior Champ Fuller Goldsmith Lost Battle With Leukemia

“Our collective hearts are broken."

October 7, 2021 1:59pm

The culinary world lost a shining star.

Fuller Goldsmith, who won Chopped Junior and Top Chef Junior, passed away at age 17 after his lengthy battle with leukemia.

The production company, Magical Elves, dropped the upsetting news on their Instagram page.

The announcement:

“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. 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. 💜”


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Loved ones react:

Chefs and celebrities alike took to social media to share their love for the young Chef.

Top Chef Junior host, Vanessa Lachey, wrote “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!” 

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. 💔,” penned Top Chef and Top Chef Amateurs host, Gail Simmons.

Season 16 Top Chef winner, Kelsey Barnard Clark, left “The most devastating. What a remarkable soul that touched so many 💔” under the Magical Elves IG post. 
The Taste of Reality team sends well wishes to Chef Fuller’s friends and family during this trying time.

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