'MasterChef' contestant to host viewing party at Grapevine's Back Porch and Tavern Grill

Mike Newton is a contestant on 'MasterChef.'[/caption]

When the eighth season of "MasterChef" began, 40 chefs entered the competition hoping to make it to the top 20.

Over the course of two episodes, they went straight to work in the kitchen. Celebrity chefs Gordon Ramsay, Christina Tosi and Aaron Sanchez judged their dishes, and 20 were given a white apron and advanced to the next round.

One of those who advanced to the next round is Mike Newton, a ranch owner from Lipan. His wife, Melanie, works for Keller Williams in Southlake, and they own a home in Grapevine.

If Newton wins, he will receive a cookbook deal and a grand prize of $250,000.

Newton will appear on the show at 7 p.m. Wednesday. A watch party will be held from 5:30-8:30 p.m. at Back Porch Grill and Tavern, 210 N. Main St., Grapevine.

The restaurant will be open only to guests attending the party, but the event is open to the public. The Newtons are asking attendees to bring a jar of peanut butter or some nonperishable item to donate to Grapevine Relief and Community Exchange.

GRACE is a Grapevine-based nonprofit relief agency that provides food, clothing, financial assistance and other vital necessities to people who are struggling with a limited income or recent emergency.
By Sherelle Black
Sherelle joined Community Impact Newspaper in July 2014 as a reporter for the Grapevine/Colleyville/Southlake edition. She was promoted in 2015 to editor of the GCS edition. In August 2017, Sherelle became the editor of the Lewisville/Flower Mound/Highland Village edition. Sherelle covers transportation, economic development, education and features.