‘MasterChef’ Finalist Charged with Attacking Police Officer

Ashley Majeski TODAY contributor, July 31, 2013

“MasterChef” season three runner-up Joshua Marks was arrested and charged with aggravated battery against a police officer after a bizarre run-in with University of Chicago police on Tuesday.

Image: Joshua Marks

Marks, who is 7 foot, 2 inches and weighs 260 pounds, was taken into custody at 3:50 a.m. after he attacked and attempted to disarm an officer at a nearby apartment complex, according to Jeremy Manier, news director for the university.

The 26-year-old, who finished “MasterChef” in second place behind Christine Ha (the show’s first blind contestant), is currently in the custody of the Cook County Department of Corrections, a representative for the police confirmed to TODAY.com. However, Marks is not currently behind bars, and is instead being held at a nearby medical facility. The spokesperson did not say what Marks is being treated for.

The former reality show contestant is currently being held on $150,000 bail. His next court date is set for Aug. 5 in Chicago.

Before he appeared on “MasterChef,” Marks was a contract specialist in the U.S. Army. He grew up in Chicago, and moved to Jackson, Miss., to attend Tougaloo College on a basketball scholarship. He graduated in 2009.


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