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Moscow's Prisoners Can Handle the Heat

A new culinary challenge has begun in Russia's Federal Penitentiary Service.

The best stove chefs, all inmates from across different prisons in Moscow, competed for the title of Master Chef. With a panel of judges to impress and not a minute to lose (they were given 45), the heat was on in Sizo No.4 prison, north Moscow. The winners received certificates, which can reportedly be used to their advantage when asking for release on parole.

Here's a look at the competition:

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