16-Year-Old Former 'Chopped Junior' Champion Beats Cancer For The Fourth Time

16-Year-Old Former 'Chopped Junior' Champion Beats Cancer For The Fourth Time

Fuller Goldsmith, who also competed fo 'Top Chef Junior', is back in the kitchen and once again pursuing his dreams of becoming a professional chef.

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The teenager, who previously won Food Network's Chopped Junior, is back to cooking again after undergoing grueling cancer treatment and beating it for the fourth time. 16-year-old Fuller Goldsmith, who also competed in Top Chef Junior, recently told Seattle Children's Hospital that he is back in the kitchen and has resumed working towards pursuing his dreams of becoming a professional chef. According to PEOPLE, Goldsmith was first diagnosed with acute lymphoblastic leukemia (ALL) at just 3. The teen has been able to beat the disease for the fourth time after participating in a cancer immunotherapy clinical trial. 


In late 2018, Goldsmith was informed that his cancer had relapsed for the fourth time. This was when his concerned oncologist in Alabama urged the boy's family to seek experimental chimeric antigen receptor (CAR) T-cell immunotherapy. "It was scary hearing the cancer had returned especially since at first, we didn’t think we had any options," recalled his mother Melissa Goldsmith. "It was really encouraging to know there was another option out there and this wasn’t the end of the line." She explained how the family spent two months in Seattle where her son was receiving his CAR T cells. "In January 2019, Fuller traveled from his home in Tuscaloosa, Alabama to Seattle Children’s," reads the hospital website


The Goldsmiths have always valued cancer research and so they enrolled their son on the trail without any hesitation. "We want the oncologists to learn something from Fuller. We don’t want his suffering to be in vain, so we’ve always participated in studies since day one," shared Melissa. "Part of the reason we chose to travel to Seattle for the trial is because we have close friends who live in the area; it was also comforting to know we already had a friendly face at the hospital too," she continued.


"With the T cells, I got to go back to our apartment every night and pretty much got to go outside whenever I wanted," recalled the young aspiring chef who had already decided what he wanted to be at tender age of 5. "It wasn’t like with the transplant where I was in the hospital for months on end." Even during this time of exhausting treatment on the west coast, Goldsmith maintained his passion for food, often visiting seafood stalls at Pike Place Market, shared his doting mother. "He was such a regular at Pike Place that they all got to know him and would call him chef," Melissa said. 


"It’s really rewarding to see kids like Fuller who are so driven toward their dreams that they don’t let cancer stand in their way," said Dr. Rebecca Gardner, one of Goldsmith's oncologists at Seattle Children’s Cancer and Blood Disorders Center, about the teen's passion for food. "They are undeterred in their desire to have a future." Currently, Goldsmith is in remission, and his family stated that the teenager plans on attending culinary school and apprenticing under a top chef. He also hopes to open two restaurants in the future. Ever since Goldsmith returned to Alabama, he has been consistently documenting his culinary creations on social media helping others with a knack for cooking keep busy during this coronavirus pandemic.


His recent dishes include several pasta dishes, including a Cavattelli with an egg emulsion topped with Parmesan and prosciutto and a homemade pesto pasta dish. Another features a perfect pan-seared steak, accompanied by mouth-watering roasted potatoes, mushrooms, and a red wine jus. Some of his followers praised his creations while some even asked how he has been doing. Your dishes look like a work of art! wrote one. Another shared: Your dish is gorgeous! I hope you are feeling well!😊

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