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MasterChef Finalist Josh Marks

Arrested in Violent Assault,

Claims He's God

7/31/2013 12:00 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF


A top contender on "MasterChef" had a bizarre, violent encounter with cops in Chicago ... telling them Gordon Ramsay is an "asshole" who possessed his body and then transformed him into God ... law enforcement sources tell TMZ.

Law enforcement sources tell us ... a University of Chicago cop spotted Josh Marks nearby the campus on Monday  He was trying to use a University emergency phone and had obvious cuts on his face.  We're told the cop asked Marks if anything was wrong, and Marks then lunged at him, striking him with a closed fist and then tried to grab his gun.

Our sources say the cop and two other officers tried to subdue the 26-year-old, 7'2" tall culinary runner-up ... to no avail.  They batoned and pepper sprayed him but it had no effect.  Marks broke free and started running.  Five cops subdued him in a resident's backyard.

Marks was taken to the hospital to treat his injuries.  We're told once in custody an officer asked him why he went off the rails, and he blamed it all on Gordon Ramsay.  Shockingly, we're told there was no evidence of drug use.

We're told doctors discovered bullet fragments in Marks' face from an unrelated incident.

Marks remains in the hospital, chained to a bed.  He's been charged with aggravated battery on a peace officer and attempting to disarm a peace officer -- both felonies.  If convicted, he faces a max of 14 years in prison.


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Ali Mendez    

If this is his mug shot, where is the "obvious" cuts on his face that they claim they saw?? I do not see cuts on his face!

361 days ago

Jamey Hunter    

It sounds as if he was lucky he didn't get shot.

361 days ago

the artist formerly known as hand turkey    

Drug abuse IS a mental issue.

361 days ago


Where are the obvious cuts on his face ?

361 days ago


Colette: You waste energy and time! You think cooking is a cute job, eh? Like Mommy in the kitchen? Well, Mommy never had to face the dinner rush while the orders come flooding in, and every dish is different and none are simple, and all different cooking time, but must arrive at the customer's table at exactly the same time, hot and perfect! Every second counts and you CANNOT be MOMMY!

361 days ago


It would be a shame if such a bright future was ruined by drugs or a mental breakdown. Hopefully he gets the help he needs, whatever it is. Get well Josh.

361 days ago


GOD would have won Master Chef

361 days ago


Once god's in the picture, the answer's usually bi-polar. Something caused great stress, and he had a mental break, and now Gordon Ramsay made him god. The good folks at UCLA NPI or another great hospital in a great city will get that brain chem back to where it belongs in no time.

361 days ago

Jericho Morton    

This is a common expression of mental illness, either God is talking to you, God is 'directing' you and influencing you. Then on cracking it seems obvious you must be 'a' God and then because of that you must be THE God. God is not great: Religion Poisons Everything.

361 days ago

Rotten Puppets    

Looks like the pressure test of life bested him... AGAIN! 2* loser

361 days ago


Mental health issues such as bipolar disorder and schiz usually have on-set in their late 20's (hello Amanda Bines...) but maybe is was drugs. i wish the best for him...
Woah one reality show gives you TMZ cred???

361 days ago


Well one thing is true. It seems like Gordon Ramsey is an a$$hole. I wouldn't be caught with a ten foot pole on any of his shows.

361 days ago


im sorry, but who is this guy? i have watched masterchef all season & i have never seen this guy....& who cares if ramsey is an *******--he is a millionaire & prolly doesnt give a rats ass about this pissant. if he was/is a contender is prolly just pissed off because he didnt win.

361 days ago


I am beginning to think that MK ULTRA aka mind control is done to most reality show people. I can't believe the world we live in.

361 days ago

jacqueline Malone    

He is still pissed a blind lady beat him last season. Still pissed!

361 days ago
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