Microbiologist wins Israel’s ‘MasterChef’
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Microbiologist wins Israel’s ‘MasterChef’

Nof Atamna-Ismaeel, 33, who plans to open a Jewish-Arab culinary school

Nof Atamna-Ismaeel, winner of the 2014 season of 'MasterChef' directed the A-Sham Food Festival in Haifa, taking place during Chanukah (photo credit: Yonatan Sindel/Flash 90)
Nof Atamna-Ismaeel, winner of the 2014 season of 'MasterChef' directed the A-Sham Food Festival in Haifa, taking place during Chanukah (photo credit: Yonatan Sindel/Flash 90)

A microbiologist from an Arab town in northern Israel won the fourth season of Israel’s reality show “MasterChef.”

Dr. Nof Atamna-Ismaeel, a 33-year-old mother of three from Baqa al-Gharbiya, was crowned the winner of Israel’s most-watched television show on Sunday night. She appeared in the final with Ido Kronenberg of the central Israeli city of Savyon, and Meseret Woldimikhal, an immigrant to Israel from Ethiopia.

Atamna-Ismaeel called winning the contest “one of the most exciting experiences of my life.”

She said she would use her winnings to open a Jewish-Arab cooking school for students from throughout the country.

Last week’s “MasterChef” semifinal was watched by 37.8 percent of Israeli households, according to Haaretz.

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