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Master Chef's Monti makes valley her home, debuts radio show

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It's one of the top shows on FOX, and one of the contestants on "Master Chef" is making the valley her home.

Monti Carlo is getting ready to share some of cooking tips with working moms on her own radio show.

We expected to find Monti in the kitchen -- instead she's trading stories on the air with her fans from Master Chef.

"It's 103.9! I'm Monti and I was a Master Chef. I got kicked off, it's not a big deal..."

It wasn't always like this. When Monti heard about the audition, the single mom was down on her luck.

"I was living in a 300 square foot home in LA. I was unemployed. I had been unemployed for quite a few years, I had no idea how I would make ends meet."

The home chef made an apple pie and brought it in a empty diaper box to the audition in Los Angeles.

"A thousand people in line, they all have fancy things, and I'm a jerk."

Monti was picked for the show. They liked the apple pie and they liked her passion.

"I think cooking is like art. At least it is to me. When you do it right and you nail it, you know it. People's whole day can be transformed by a beautiful dish."

She didn't win the competition, but she did very well coming in 5th. Now, her life is better than ever.

Monti is now is back to her DJ roots and she's got her own show here in the valley on 103.9. It's a very positive show.

Monti wants listeners to feel like she's a passenger in their car. She is also sharing cooking tips for busy mothers like her.

"I'm putting together a video series of awesome luncheons you can make on a time budget and a financial budget," says Monti.

And she is working on a cook book. Monti has no regrets about the show, and might do another one. But right now her 3-year-old son is her priority.

Monti spent two months on the Master Chef show. It wasn't easy -- but she says it gave her a lot of confidence and a new life

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