I cook. I play metal.  Obviously its not that simple, but I love the definitive drama of the statement.

I cook. I cook a lot and I like to think I’m good at it, I might even be able to gather a few references for you if you need them. I don’t have a set cooking style, French, Mexican, Italian, etc; the nationality or style is not important, making as much of my meal as I can is what I’m most about. Most people buy bread, I bought a 55lb bag of flour and a pound of active dry yeast.  My wife Sharon eats well at home, but have to admit, sometimes she does have to wait a very long time for dinner.

I play in a hardcore/metal band called Drowned Sorrow. We’re heavier and more abrasive than most of you can imagine, we’re not a death metal band but I find myself telling people that we are just to avoid the series of “are you heavier than Metallica? Megedeth? Linkin Park?” questions. Generally, when people hear the term Death Metal they’ve had enough and stop asking questions.

I was a contestant on the second season Fox’s MasterChef hosted by Gordon Ramsay, Joe Bastianich and Graham Elliot, which, I assume is what brought you here. I’m hoping that if you help spread the word about this site I might be able to ride out my 15 minutes of fame for at least a half hour.


  1. Caroline says:

    Yes,we’ve spoken on twitter. If you visit Poland my dream will come true.Maybe Europe tour with Drowned Sorrow? ;) I miss real metal music and songs by Behemoth(one of greatest polish metal bands ) are a little bit boring to me right now. Honestly,I’m a bit afraid of cooking your dishes.They seem so difficult to me but i’ll be trying. Of course i let you know if i try any of the recipes on the site.

  2. Caroline says:

    Hey Derrick! I’m Caroline. I saw you in Fox’s mastrchef with Gordon Ramsay.I supported you.You’re awesome.It’s not hard to see that you love cooking.I listen to metal music and i was so happy when i found out that you’re also interested in this kind of music.I love your style.You look amazing,and i can’t deny i’m so into you.
    I dream about meeting you.You’re perfect to me.And i wish i could play the guitar as good as you ;) Tracks by Drowned Sorrow are one of my favourite.Are you going to visit Poland? You’re my hero.My friends laugh at me because of my obsession with you,i always answer:yeah,i adore him so :D Greetings from Poland xoxo.

    1. Derrick says:

      Caroline! – we’ve spoken on twitter right?

      Thanks! I’ve been into metal all my life – thought I’d grow out of it by now but I don’t think it will ever happen. Its awesome that you liked the Drowned Sorrow tracks – we put a lot of work into them.

      I’d love to visit Poland (my grandmother is Polish) but I don’t have plans to yet. Keep cooking and keep the music heavy! Let me know if you try any of the recipes on the site and if you have any questions.


  3. Tamy says:

    Hi Derrick! I’ve rooted for you on MasterChef Season 2 from the very beginning. Keep on cooking because you have a GREAT talent!! (you were also the friendliest participant on the show :D )

    1. Derrick says:

      Hey Tamy! Thanks for taking the time to say hello! Glad you enjoyed the show!

  4. josephine ann says:

    hi derrick i had the pleasure of meeting you on feburary 14yh 2013 at 9 c in jersey city i had your dinner menue and it was the best i ever had also took a picture with you with my boyfriend you are the nicest person i ever met and i hope you come back there again i will be there,

    1. Derrick says:


      It was so cool to meet you! I’m very glad I had to opportunity to cook for you!

      I will definitely be back – I’ll see you then!


  5. arjan says:

    hi derrick

    my name is arjan and im 17 years old and i come from the netherlands
    masterchef 2 just started a 2 weeks ago here and i must say that you are an inspiration to me because i am learining to be a cook and i like your cooking style and i am going to try to mix my style (wich is just the basic things) and mix it wich yours

    well my cooking class is about to start so i gotta go

    1. Derrick says:

      Hey Arjan,

      Thanks for writing. Glad to be an inspiration!

      Good luck with your cooking – let me know if you try anything off of this site or if you have any questions. I’ll be glad to answer them. Just comment or shoot me an email.

      Keep cooking!

  6. Marijke says:

    Hi Derrick.

    Here in Holland they’ve just started airing the 2nd season of USA masterchef with you in it. (just looking at your egg benedict right now)

    And I just want you to know that I think that you rock and I want to wish you the best of luck with everything that’s coming your way in the future.

    1. Derrick says:

      Oh no! Not the eggs benedict! I did terrible in that!

      Thanks for the kind words – I appreciate it!

  7. Barbara says:

    Hi Derrick :)

    Here in Portugal MC2 started only a few weeks ago, but I must say, you are by far one of the most talented cooks I have ever seen. Me and my friends just love your way of cooking, and it was really sad that you left the competition so early, you definitly deserved to go in to the final :)

    I’ve already tried out some of your recepies and they taste absolutely delicious :)

    I wish you very good luck in your life :)

    1. Derrick says:

      Hey Barbara!
      Thanks for saying hello! Its awesome that you’ve tried some recipes from here all ready – what did you make?

      Stay well and keep cooking!


  8. julio cesar says:

    Hey, Mr. Derrick! How are you doing? I know it already passed some time from the masterchef challenge, I wish you the best luck. You were one of the most humble, kindest of the contestants, so I think this is a trait that we all must have. To be simple, educated, respectful to others. Congratulations, man!

    1. Derrick says:

      Hey Julio – thanks for writing and the kind words. Things have been well – hope you can say the same!

  9. Sharckie says:

    Hey Derrick,
    I’ve been watching MasterChef US Season 2 and I saw you leaving just because of your Tomato Soup which was said by Gordon Ramsey to cook his childhood favorite dish; In my opinion, You deserve to stay in the competition because your dish was edible and honestly, while just looking at the telly, It was mouthwatering and most of all, the dish that you prepared was outstanding and you can rarely see it in restaurants! Well, it doesn’t mean that you were eliminated, you’re no longer a great cook! I saw your recipes and your techniques were astonishing! Keep Rocking Derrick, Stay Awesome! And Continue to cook Sumptuous and delectable dishes! Truly, you deserve a round of applause.

    1. Derrick says:

      Thanks! Let me know if you make anything and how it comes out!

  10. Samoanwmn says:

    Hi Derrick, we met briefly during the Bohemia Borders closing sales in the cookbook section of course. We spoke about my hubby buying me cooking tools and salt for Christmas. This year my Christmas list had a section called Kitchen Toys and I got pasta rollers for my mixer and a ravioli press.See my posting under your mushroom ravioli recipe for a chuckle.
    Hope to see more of you soon.

  11. Trina says:

    Hey Derrick,
    You were great. you and christian should have gone head to head at the finale. You guys were by far the most talented. Keep up the great work. The food featured is stunning and easy to follow. Have tried out some. Turned out pretty okay for someone like me who doesn’t cook much. Best of luck for your future. Was rooting for you and christian!!!

    1. Derrick says:

      Hi Trina,
      Thanks for saying hello. It would have been nice to make it that far. Thanks for the kind words, and let me know if you make anything off this site and how it comes out. I did actually get to go head to head against Christian in October at the Boston Local Food Festival, I won. >=]

  12. Anthony says:

    you seriously shouldn´t have gotten eliminated together with christine!!!! ben´s soup was rancid, your´s was edible!!! besides the ony time you ever ever screwed up was with trying to make whitney´s dish and you got negative comments about the frying that was it!!!! the show needed an original, nice and metal dude like you!!! seriously, you proved that even though you play in a metal band you can cook better then most guys out there!!

    1. Derrick says:

      Thanks! I didn’t get to taste Ben’s soup, but I have to believe that mine was worse. I can definitely understand the judges saying that I missed the mark and lost the tomato in the bacon and gorgonzola. Thanks for saying whats up.
      \m/ \m/

      1. anthony says:

        by the way I got a REALLY important question that I think everyone wants an answer to…when you were eliminated and you went up to say goodbye to the judges, Joe said that he would want to employ you at one of his restaurants!!! seriously, did you take him up at this offer? because there´s NO reason to say no, seeing this is obviously what you want to do in life! oh and play metal too of course :)

  13. Leena says:

    I did watch you on masterchef, I rooted for you the whole time! You’re amazing <3

  14. Jules says:

    Nice site :) I don’t own cable TV so I ended up here while looking up hors d’oeuvre and it pointed me to your shrimp salad.

    1. Derrick says:

      Very cool! Did you make it?

  15. Caroline says:

    Thought you were brilliant on MC. Really rooted for you! I’ll definitely try your recipes at home now that I’ve found your site. Thanks for sharing them.

  16. Brother_of_Grimm says:


    I followed along the whole season and have to say how proud I am of what you’ve accomplished. In a word, AWESOME! Keep up the great work, we’ll be rooting for you.

  17. Amanda says:

    I’m the mom of a metalhead! You were my whole family’s favorite. Keep cookin’ and rockin’.
    Hope to see you succeed in everything you do!

    Oh, and it was great to see Christian get screwed in the end. Ha ha. Hated that arrogant ass.

  18. Sarah says:

    Since you’re into metal and cooking, I hope you find this link entertaining (in case you haven’t seen it already:))


  19. Craig says:

    Hey Derrick,

    It was sad to see you go. I was rooting for you! I am a fellow death metaller and have played with bands such as Opeth, Arch Enemy, Amorphis, In-flames, etc. The name of my band is Grey skies Fallen and we have 3 albums out plus a new EP. Check us out dude, I’d love to get your feedback. You can download all of our albums for free at http://www.greyskiesfallen.com. Why give our music for free you may ask? Because unfortunately no one pays for music anymore and there’s no better promotion than free promotion lol. You can also leave us feedback at http://www.youtube.com/craiggsf. Later dude, you now have an awesome resume, do something good with it and follow your dreams!

  20. Cindy M. says:

    Hey! Just met you at Shoprite earlier and you made my day! Thanks for taking a pic with me and sorry if I seemed a little disoriented, I was a little starstruck! Good luck with whatever you persue in the future. — The weird girl from the Grocery store ;)

  21. Moochy says:

    Derrick, you started as “the one to watch” and you ended exactly the same. From the minute I first saw your audition, I wanted you to win. Obviously wishing you nothing but success in both your amazing cooking talent and your band. You’re one of the good guys…

  22. Cat Sinclair says:

    I just wanted to say that I absolutely loved both your performance and your balanced viewpoint on MasterChef and to thank you for breaking some stereotypes…a highly intelligent metalhead who can write well AND cook a souffle? On television??? DUDE! It bothers me that a lot of my relatives and co-workers thought putting Michelle and Vinny Garcia on Food Network Challenge was avant garde…. Thank you for the little bit of extra help in showing the world that nonconformists are people, too.

    My favorite contestant on MasterChef has gone. Now my only reason for watching the show is to see Christian fall on his ass leave. :)

    Keep rocking, keep cooking, and I hope you have a fantastic life. Your fifteen minutes of fame may be past, but I know at least one person who will not soon forget the metal chef. :)

    Take care,

    -Cat- \m/

  23. Amy says:

    Dude, watching you cook was the highlight of my nights off with my girlfriend. Rooted for you during your whole run. Hope you get offers. Very cool to see Joe wanted to pursue your career with you. ROCK ON! MOTHERRRR!

  24. Lynn Farrell says:

    I would love to see your presentation that got you the apron to be on Master Chef, tried at the Fox and too many commercials. A nice montage would be nice of your time there. You had many great moments…thanks for the memories!

  25. Rawr! says:

    Derrick I loved you on Masterchef! You seem to be a genuinely big hearted person and with that you can succeed at anything!

  26. nina marie says:

    Hi Derrick!

    I love how you relate your cooking with your music. I guess it’s like sharing different elements of yourself with the world. Lucky us.

    You’re a total joy to watch on MC2. I love your intensity in the kitchen…like a young god who doesn’t yet know the awesomeness of his powers. Hahaha…Ok, maybe that’s a bit of a hyperbole, but not by much. I love that you’re every bit as talented as the rest, but totally unpretentious. Sucks so much that we won’t be seeing you for the rest of the season, but maybe being lucky # 7 will bring you good fortune. I hope so.

    Best to you always.
    -nina marie

  27. Alicia from Texas says:

    You were my favorite on MC. You were humble and so willing to learn. Or at least that’s how they edited your scenes! No, no. I just know you are a great guy!

    I really do hope you go far in your cooking. I would love to one day come to NY and eat at your restaurant.

    Good luck and keep cooking!

  28. gary says:

    Tough break, you were what got me interested in watching the show. Good luck in your future. Your band rocks.

  29. J Suffers says:

    good to see that there are other metal heads with bands from Long Island that love to cook. Unfortunately mine is on a break at the moment, but my cooking has gotten better haha. Good job on the show, was glad to see someone on there that didn’t just talk a bunch of smack, you were very respectful, you did yourself and us metal heads a great justice, and the souffle challenge impressed the hell out of me. Congrats.

  30. WWEgirl2k9@hotmail.com says:

    Love watchin you on MasterChef! Your food looks so damn good lol.
    Keep up the awesome dishes! A metalhead should totally win this competition ;D
    Metal and your cooking FTW \m/

  31. Myy says:

    Keep up the Awesome work man! You are my favorite contestant on MasterChef. Hope you go all the way!!! I love the fact that you prove not to judge anyone by their cover. Good luck- Your fan- Myy

  32. apopquizkid says:

    We’re all cheering for you over here in London, UK (albeit through Youtube)!

  33. Daniel Glenn says:

    You’re the one to follow on M.C. good luck!

    What’s the tat on your forearm? Never can get a good clean glimpse of it.

  34. HayleyKat says:

    Yay! I’m glad you have your own site! You’re my favorite on Masterchef for a number of reasons. My mom laughs at my intensity when you’re competing. (Plus I think you’re cute) can’t wait to see how it turns out!

  35. Jasper says:

    I love this kid- he’s ‘winning’.

  36. Rock From Maryland says:

    Rooting for you hope you crush the competition on Master Chef!

    Big Metalhead here too – my iPod is loaded with PURE Metal! I love Death Metal, Thrash Metal, Technical Death, Melodic Death, Death/Thrash, Hardcore Crossover – anything fast and heavy! But gotta love the old school bands too – Maiden, Priest, Sabbath.

    If you like Blackened style Chicago Metal bands – check out Usurper – Crytobeast. Some good Blackened Thrash Metal – nice, fast, and HEAVY!

    Raise The Horns!

  37. ServantoftheLight says:

    First male groupie = me. Possibly Zimmer, but we’ll fight for the title.

  38. Alvin says:

    Great site Derrick!
    Love the look and lay out, great food pics!

  39. Derrick says:

    Hey Relle,

    Thanks for writing, I appreciate the kind words.

    I know its really late, but hope you have (had) a great day as well.


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