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MasterChef Cooks Up Two-Hour Season Premier Event Wednesday, May 22, On Fox

Award-winning chef Gordon Ramsay, restaurateur Joe Bastianich and acclaimed chef Graham Elliot return for Season Four of the culinary smash hit MASTERCHEF with a two-hour season premiere on Wednesday, May 22 (8:00-10:00 PM ET/PT) on FOX.

More hopefuls than ever before auditioned at MASTERCHEF’s open casting calls in Boston, MA; Chicago, IL; Cleveland, OH; Dallas, TX; Los Angeles, CA; Miami, FL; Minneapolis, MN; Nashville, TN; New York, NY; Portland, OR; and San Diego, CA to prove they have what it takes to make a mark on the culinary world. Only one hopeful will join Season Three winner Christine Ha, the first-ever blind contestant; Season Two winner Jennifer Behm; and Season One winner Whitney Miller in the elite group of MASTERCHEF titleholders. The best home cooks in America were flown to Los Angeles to present their signature dishes to the judges and the chance to compete for the coveted title of MASTERCHEF, a cookbook deal and the $250,000 grand prize. This season will feature contestants representing 26 states from all walks of life– including an archaeologist, a high school gym teacher, a former pro-football player, a biochemist, a student, a firefighter, a paralegal and a delivery driver – all with the hopes of turning their culinary dreams into reality.

In the premiere episode, the hopefuls will prepare their signature dishes and present them to the distinguished MASTERCHEF judging panel: Ramsay (Gordon Ramsay Steak, Gordon Ramsay Pub & Grill), Bastianich (Del Posto, Osteria Mozza) and Elliot (Graham Elliot, g.e.b.). The judges will taste for flavor, creativity and presentation. In order to earn a coveted white apron and move to the next round, the home cooks must have an immense passion for food and be determined to win. Above all, they must convince the judges – who will taste for flavor, creativity and presentation – that they have the potential to out-cook all their rivals.

The auditions continue Wednesday, May 29 (8:00-10:00 PM ET/PT), as the judges winnow down the competition by granting white aprons to the best home cooks. Only 40 hopefuls will move onto the next round and compete in an intense lamb challenge. By the end of the episode, only the top home cooks who impress the judges will advance to the MASTERCHEF kitchen and compete to become America’s next MASTERCHEF.

Below are the hometowns, names and professions of the Top Home Cooks who participated in the MASTERCHEF auditions:

 

    State/Hometown

Name

Profession

    Alabama

 

 

 

Birmingham

Ilona Barrett

Architect

 

Tuscaloosa

Sasha Foxx

Singer/Chanteuse

   

    California

 

 

 

Banning

Rebecca O’Connor

Animal Trainer

 

Chula Vista

Gabriella Arjona

Loan Officer

 

 

Jorge Cristo

Food Runner

 

Escondido

Mark Oberle

Software Engineer

 

La Jolla

Eli Moeller

Financial Advisor

 

Los Angeles

Zuleika Hasbrouck

Cosmetics Company Owner

 

Palm Springs

Christopher Simon

Food Server

 

San Diego

Lynn Chyi

IT Systems Administrator

 

 

Natasha Crnjac

Stay-At-Home Mom

 

 

Christine Kim

Bakery Assistant

 

 

Rudy Reyes

Archaeologist 

 

 

Howard Simpson

Bar Back

 

 

Ayla Skye

CEO of Health Company

 

 

Savannah Sturges

Special Ed. Teacher

 

San Francisco

Paulina Farro

Flight Attendant

 

 

Andrew Keller

Construction Project Manager

 

San Jose

Elden McFeron

Patent Engineer

 

Solvang

Blake Fowler

Ostrich Farmer

 

Stockton

Chan Heu

Graduate Student

 

Topanga

Henrik Jakobsson

Music Composer

 

Van Nuys

Nancy Nester

Singer

 

West Covina

Laloni Harris

Cashier

 

Westminster

Alex Kemp

Student

   

    Connecticut

 

 

 

New Canaan

Shawnee Knight

Stay-At-Home Mom

 

Stamford

Doug Miriello

Bar Back

   

    Florida

 

 

 

Tallahassee

Erin Burnside

Flavor Scientist

  

    Georgia

 

 

 

Americus

Eddie Jackson

Personal Trainer

 

Marietta

Andrea Plichta

Acupuncturist/Herbalist

 

Social Circle

Jessie Lysiak

Yacht Stewardess

   

    Hawaii

 

Laie

Kalaokahaku “Kevin” Miller

Fashion Retailer

  

    Idaho

 

 

 

Boise

Carl Wippert

Data Entry Specialist

 

 

 

   

    Illinois

 

 

 

Aurora

Rim Zivalich

U.S. Army National Guard Soldier

 

Chicago

Thao “Duckie” Huynh

Nail Technician

 

 

Reina Martinez

Bikini Waxer

 

 

Kevin Tindell

Pastor

 

Long Grove

Maya Parekh

Attorney

 

Peoria Heights

Julie Gibson

Personal Assistant

 

Wauconda

Jeremy Lewis

A/C Salesman

   

    Massachusetts

 

 

 

Cambridge

Malcolm Green

Unemployed

 

 

Paul Yuan

Math Student

 

Lawrence

Dawn Hunt

Small Business Owner

 

Lincoln

Abby Wolf

Farmer

 

Marlboro

Jonny Blanchard

Carpenter

 

Taunton

Bime Cruz

Health Care Professional/Boxing Coach

    Michigan

 

 

 

Detroit

Dahlia Abrams

Unemployed

  

    Minnesota

 

 

 

Anoka Country

James Blesi

Motorcycle Mechanic

 

Bloomington

Liyah Sangathit

Debt Collector

 

Minneapolis

Marie Porter

Writer

 

 

Jordan Roots

Delivery Driver

 

St. Paul

Nick Garcia

Day Laborer

 

Vadnais Heights

Joan Webb

Government Accountant Clerk

  

    Mississippi

 

 

 

Columbus

Seonkyoung Longest

Housewife

  

    Nevada

 

 

 

Reno

Rachel Jessee

Fire Performer

   

    New Jersey

 

 

 

Jersey City 

Kristine Kennedy

Insurance Underwriter

 

Verona

Joelle DeNotaris

Student

   

    New York

 

 

 

Astoria

Luca Manfe

Restaurant Manager

 

Brooklyn

Wanda Allende-Ortiz

Retired Teacher

 

Bronx

Mike Bernardi

Construction Manager

 

 

Kathy Prieto

Office Assistant

 

Ithaca

Brian Baum

IT Consultant

 

New York

Adriana Guillen

College Admissions Representative

 

Queens

Chris Ciccone

ER Nursing Assistant

 

Staten Island

Damian Stapelkamp

Wrestler

 

Washington Heights

Mitchell Watson

Former Pro-Basketball Player

 

Westhampton Beach

Bill Ciraco

Wall Street Trader

 

 

 

 

    North Carolina

 

 

 

Raleigh

Shaun Jay

Magician

 

Wilkesboro

Steven Smith

Welder

  

    Ohio

 

Akron

Tori Cunningham

High School Student

 

Cleveland

Mark Famiano

Firefighter

 

 

Dean Karadimas

Web Designer

 

 

James Ladd

Retail Manager

 

Cuyahoga Falls

Jenn Thomas-Pallotta

Front-Of-House Manager

 

Kettering

Sheena Hetzel

Armored Truck Messenger

 

Strongsville

George Mastrosavas

Real Estate Investor

 

 

Jennifer Thornton

Olive Oil Specialist

    Oregon

 

 

 

Estacada

Bethy Rossos

High School P.E. Teacher

 

Portland

Monica Watson

Model

  

    Pennsylvania 

 

 

 

Blue Bell

Grace Chen

Biochemist

 

Doylestown

Bri Kozior

Theatre Assistant

 

Philadelphia

Krissi Biasiello

Paralegal

 

State College

Seymira Salamy

Kinesiology Student

  

    South Carolina

 

 

 

Fort Mill

Carrie Peterson

Airline Pilot

   

   Texas

 

 

 

Irving

Matthew Orsini

Auditor

 

Terrell

Brian Kohler

Stay-At-Home Dad

 

Victoria

James Nelson

Retail Sales

   

    Tennessee

 

 

 

Chattanooga

Beth Kirby

Writer/Photographer

 

Nashville

Nanci Filipelli

Sportscaster/Model

   

    Utah

 

 

 

Ogden

Alexandra Jones

Stay-At-Home Mom

   

    Virginia

 

 

 

Blacksburg

Dennis Hong

Robot Scientist and Professor

  

    Virgin Islands

 

 

 

St. Croix

Olga George

News Assignment Editor

  

    Washington

 

 

 

Seattle

Zach Wilson

Digital Phone Specialist

  

    Wisconsin

 

 

 

Dousman

Steve Schafer

Construction Worker

 

Milwaukee

Kevin Radanovich

Carpenter

 

MASTERCHEF is produced by Shine America and One Potato Two Potato, and is based on a format created by Franc Roddam and Shine. Shine International handles distribution for the MASTERCHEF format. Elisabeth Murdoch, Eden Gaha, Paul Franklin, Robin Ashbrook, Gordon Ramsay, Adeline Ramage Rooney, Patricia Llewellyn and Ben Adler serve as executive producers.

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