The Bernard Lee Poker Show (10/20/20): David Williams

By Robbie Strazynski
October 24, 2020

David Williams

In this episode of The Bernard Lee Poker Show on the Cardplayer Lifestyle Podcast Family, Bernard Lee interviews David Williams, who finished runner-up in the 2004 WSOP Main Event. In 2016, David also became well known outside of the world of poker when he competed in Season 7 of Fox’s MasterChef. Hosted by renown chef Gordon Ramsey, MasterChef is a popular cooking competition shown on television. During the interview, David discusses the experience, making the finals and the behind the scenes of the program. During the last segment, David pays tribute to Mike Sexton.

0:00Welcome to The Bernard Lee Poker Show as Bernard interviews David Williams about his experience on Season 7 of Fox’s MasterChef.
1:48WSOP.com is holding Fall Online Circuit from October 15-27.
2:29Poker returns on Wednesday October 21 to Atlantic City at Borgata Casino.
3:30Live poker is available in New Hampshire. In Nashua, NH, visit Boston Billiards Club and Casino (BBC&C). On October 27 at 5pm, Bernard will be holding a mixed game (specifically H.O.R.S.E AND 2-7 triple draw) seminar.Then, he will be hosting a teaching live game at 6pm. Come join Bernard at BBC&C and receive a free t-shirt.
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7:55Bernard welcomes David Williams.
9:17David discusses how he got into cooking watching YouTube videos and his relative inexperience just a couple of years prior.
12:30David remembers how he was invited to tryout for MasterChef and how he decided to participate in Season 7.
18:05David talks about making the final round and the two-month final show, including the positives and negatives.
24:30David recalls world renown chef, Gordon Ramsey.
29:00Bernard and David talks about his dishes that he prepared for the finals.
30:12David explains how he learned techniques and dishes prior to the show by working at various Las Vegas restaurant kitchens.
35:17David discusses his progression and game play during the show.
37:55David talks about behind the scenes of MasterChef and some of the most memorable moments.
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43:49David reminisces about Mike Sexton after his passing last month.
David Williams

Image credit: Greg Gayne | FOX

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Robbie Strazynski

Robbie founded Cardplayerlifestyle.com in 2009. A veteran poker writer and presenter, Robbie hosts The Orbit, a first-of-its-kind roundtable discussion live broadcast on Twitch.tv/poker featuring poker’s biggest names and personalities, as well as the CardsChat Podcast. In 2019, Robbie translated the autobiography of poker legend Eli Elezra (Pulling the Trigger) from Hebrew into English. Robbie’s “Running […]