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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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Another mentally ill, angry and violent black man.....geez.
Yeah.....sounds like bath salts to me.

452 days ago


Here's what happened in a nut shell. He couldn't cook for NOTHING,. no good cook right? Ramsey told him the story bluntly to his face and the brother being a self centered narcissist he was lost his mind. He wanted to kill everyone including Ramsey and the only way he could do it and go out in a blaze of glory. It's Quite Simple!! his Ribs sucked.

452 days ago


"The 26-year-old, 7'2" tall culinary runner-up..."


452 days ago


How do you snap like this? Had he had prior episodes? 14 years in prison for losing it is not right, but insanity leads to insane results.

452 days ago


I could be wrong, but I don't think this is the mug shot from this arrest. They said his face was cut up and they found bullet fragments in his face. They also stated he's still in the hospital. I would think his face would be messed up.

452 days ago

Kenny Sellers    

master chef my arse....just another chicago s*** bucket

452 days ago


reality shows are designed to exploit humans; anyone who signs onto one, is willing to pimp their soul for a buck, just cant be that balanced to start with.

452 days ago

Hugh Jass    

Ah... I thought I was God.

452 days ago


Classic case of a schizophrenic episode OR bipolar disorder with Psychosis. (If drugs are not involved) Some of you should be more sensitive to mental illness, it can happen to anyone at anytime. There is still a strong stigma regarding mental illness in the USA.

For those of you who don't know Josh was actually let go in his season unfairly and Ramsey brought him back. He ended up being in the top two.

452 days ago


So he has bullet fragments in his face, cuts on his face, talking about being God and no drugs in system.. you think maybe there might be some mental illness issues?? If this was Amanda everyone would be screaming about helping the poor mental darling.. but for this guy it's just chained to a hospital bed facing felony charges?? Yeah real fair system.

452 days ago



452 days ago


Whoa calm down Gordon Spamsey!!!

452 days ago


His cooking and techniques were so awful I thought the show was rigged for taking him so far.

452 days ago

Celeb Gossip Addict    

If security said he had obvious cut marks on his face and police said he had bullet fragments in his face, why is his face scar free in this mug shot?

452 days ago


Oh why couldn't this have happened to Amy and Sami?

452 days ago
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