Fuller Goldsmith, the Alabama youngster who won Food Network’s Chopped Junior
as a seventh-grader, has died following a lengthy battle with cancer. He was 17.
The production company behind the show, Magic Elves, confirmed Goldsmith’s death
as they memorialized him in a post on Instagram on Wednesday
The rising star battled leukemia five times and died this week.
He was first diagnosed with the disease when he was three years old, going on to
face cancer another four times.
Goldsmith was known for winning Chopped Junior in 2017 when he was just 13-
years old and also went on to compete in Top Chef Junior.
Magical Elves company, which produces Top Chef Junior, confirmed the news in
a statement, which read: ‘We are devastated after hearing about the loss of our Top
Chef Junior alum, Fuller Goldsmith
‘He was an incredible chef and the strongest kid we’ve ever met. ‘From the minute
he was introduced to us, we knew he would make an impact on everyone around him
and be a positive force in the cooking world. To his family, we give all our love as they
mourn the loss of someone truly special. 💜.’
Top Chef Junior host Vanessa Lachey commented: ‘We all Loved Fuller so much! And
will never forget his contagious smile, laugh, and butter tricks.
‘Sending so much Love to his family. 💔 We will never forget you, Fuller!’
Goldsmith confirmed in February this year his cancer had returned and said he was
‘ready to fight’.
‘Unfortunately, the news regarding the tumor was not what I was hoping. The same
Leukemia is back,’ he wrote on Instagram. I will have 12 days of radiation and then
more chemo to make sure it’s gone once and for all. Round 5- I’m ready to fight!’