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Masterchef Preview: Paula Deen Makes An Appearance

"Hey ya'll!" Tonight's episode of Masterchef features a special guest. Celebrity chef Paula Deen will be visiting the culinary competition series. In anticipation of tonight's episode, we have a clip, which features the big reveal of Deen, who happens to be among the contents of this week's mystery box.

Known for her southern style of cooking, it sounds like Deen's the perfect special guest for tonight's episode, which will have the amateur cooks preparing southnern-inspired dishes for the mystery box challenge. The video below shows the remaining contestants being surprised by Deen's appearance.

As mentioned in the description below, the theme will go from southern to Japanese as the contestants will later be teamed up in pairs to prepare a Japanese dish. Should be interesting to see how everyone works together!

Celebrity chef Paula Deen joins the MASTERCHEF judging panel and selects the mystery box ingredients, which include traditional Southern staples and a comforting surprise - a family photo and a letter from home. The home cook who prepares the most delicious southern-inspired dish will earn a priceless reward. Later, the winner of the previous challenge will couple the remaining six contestants who will work in pairs to cook a Japanese dish. Find out which amateur cooks will be on the chopping block in another emotional elimination round in the all-new “Top 7 Compete” episode of MASTERCHEF airing Tuesday, July 17 (9:00-10:00 PM ET/PT) on FOX.