CLEAR LAKE — Clear Lake’s former "MasterChef" contestant launched her own catering and meal delivery company this year after her run on the show.

Cassie Peterson made the top 20 on MasterChef in June, before she turned in her apron

The judges didn’t fall in love with her steak and potatoes. Chefs Gordon Ramsay, Christina Tosi and guest judge Wolfgang Puck didn’t like the New York strip steak with fried potato salad.

“I don’t know that I really wanted to win because it would take me away from here,” Peterson told the Globe Gazette in June. 

In August 2015, Peterson drove up to Minneapolis to audition for "MasterChef" season seven.

She made it onto the show and traveled to Los Angeles in January

“And there I was in front of Gordon Ramsay,” Peterson said. 

One of the more fun aspects of the show was sharing her Iowa pride.

“They got my city wrong, which is the story of my life,” Peterson said. “My big thing was telling people that Iowa is a state. It is not Ohio, it is not Idaho, it is not Illinois.

Peterson said she enjoyed the experience of competition and cooking in front of famous chefs as it was a step out of her comfort zone.

Peterson put her business on hold during the show. She ran The Cupcake Store for over a year and a half before moving it into Hy-Vee. She has now picked it back up and included it in her new business venture.

When she returned from L.A., she started Nameless Gourmet.

The business covers a wide variety of services including meals to go, private dinner parties, event catering, classes and more.

Meal delivery is called Gourmet To-Go, a rotating weekly menu delivered to customers’ doors. 

She also provides gluten free options and has started blogging. The service is now in full swing. 

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