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Who Will Claim This Season's Culinary Crown?

April 27, 2016 - Award-winning chefs Gordon Ramsay and Christina Tosi welcome 40 new home cooks into the MASTERCHEF kitchen for Season Seven, premiering Wednesday, June 1 (8:00-9:00 PM ET/PT), on FOX. The contestants will not only have to impress Chefs Ramsay and Tosi, but throughout the season, will compete for the approval of culinary greats and special culinary guest judges, including Wolfgang Puck, Aarón Sánchez, Edward Lee, Kevin Sbraga and Richard Blais.  

Thousands of hopefuls auditioned at MASTERCHEF’s open casting calls in Austin, TX; Chicago, IL; Detroit, MI; Jackson, MS; Las Vegas, NV; Los Angeles, CA;  Louisville, KY; Minneapolis, MN; New York, NY; San Diego, CA; and San Francisco, CA. However, only one talented home cook will join MASTERCHEF winners Claudia Sandoval (Season Six), Courtney Lapresi (Season Five); Luca Manfe (Season Four); Christine Ha (Season Three), the first-ever blind contestant; Jennifer Behm (Season Two); and Whitney Miller (Season One) in the elite group of MASTERCHEF titleholders.

Representing 15 states across the country, this season’s 40 contestants – including a professional poker player, DJ, web designer, yoga instructor, pool lifeguard, investigator, three firefighters and more – take time away from their busy day jobs in hopes of turning their culinary dreams into reality.

In the season premiere episode, 40 of the best home cooks in America travel to Los Angeles to compete in the MASTERCHEF Battle of the Apron challenge, during which they will attempt the to earn a coveted white apron and move forward to compete for the MASTERCHEF title, a cookbook deal and the $250,000 grand prize. Judging the battle rounds will be Ramsay and Tosi, who will taste for flavor, creativity and presentation. In order to move to the next round of the competition, the home cooks must display culinary skills, as well as an immense passion for food, and be determined to out-cook their rivals.

Once the MASTERCHEF Battle for the Apron concludes, the top home cooks will be put through their paces in a series of challenges designed to test their palates, food knowledge, passion and culinary skills. Later in the season, the hopefuls set out to cook appetizers and entrees for a very special wedding of a previous MASTERCHEF contestant, steak dishes for over 100 veterans and a group of sweet 16-ers. They also will face the infamous MASTERCHEF tag team and restaurant takeover challenges. With each new challenge, the pressure will mount as the home cooks compete for the coveted MASTERCHEF title.

Below are the hometowns, names and professions of the Top 40 Home Cooks who participated in the MASTERCHEF Battle for the Apron:
 

State/Hometown

                      Name

Profession

 

California

 

 

 

Long Beach

Gina Ruccione

Food Blogger

 

Los Angeles

Samson Kohanski

Mixologist

 

Pauma Valley

Ashley Travers

Small Business Owner

 

Pauma Valley

Bill Travers

Retired

 

San Diego

Diamond Alexander

Web Designer

 

San Diego

Tricia Crivello

Insurance Broker

 

Colorado

 

 

 

Denver

Barbara Savage

Investigator

 

Florida

 

 

    Miami

Alejandro Toro

Voice Over Artist

    Miami

Andrea Galan

Student

    Orlando

Manny Washington

Firefighter

 

Illinois

 

 

 

Chicago

Caitlin Meade

Nutritionist

 

Chicago

Cassie Peterson

Bakery Clerk

 

Chicago

Corey Rice

Computer Tech & Hotel Front Desk Representative

 

Park Forest

Takeila Peebles

Nail Technician

 

Plainfield

Diana Bilow

Server

 

Kentucky

 

 

 

Irvington

Brandi Mudd

5th Grade Teacher

 

Newport

Shelby Reid

Pool Lifeguard

 

Michigan

 

 

 

Belleville

Zack Wilson

Construction Worker

 

Detroit

Neco Washington

Nail Technician

 

West Bloomfield

Brian Schneble

Senior Business Manager

 

Mississippi

 

 

 

Hattiesburg

Katie Dixon

Personal Trainer & Retail Associate

 

Nevada

 

 

 

Las Vegas

D’Andre Balaoing

Bartender

 

Las Vegas

David Williams

Poker Player

 

Las Vegas

James Woods

Truck Driver

 

Las Vegas

Shaun O’Neale

DJ

 

Las Vegas

Shawn Norris

Restaurant Manager

 

Las Vegas

Will Staten

 

Karate Instructor

New Jersey

 

 

 

Gillette

Lisa-Ann Marchesi

Insurance Manager

 

New York

 

 

 

Brooklyn

Joe Russo

Firefighter

 

Long Island

Terry Mueller

Handyman

 

New Hartford

Brittany Craig

Server

 

Queens

Eric Howard

Firefighter

 

North Carolina

 

 

 

Charlotte

Dan Paustian

Server

 

Pennsylvania 

 

 

 

Philadelphia

Joe Pickens

Sales Rep

 

Slippery Rock

Nathan Barnhouse

Tuxedo Salesman

 

Tennessee

 

 

 

Chattanooga

Tanorria Askew

Credit Union Coordinator

 

Knoxville

Zac Fallon

Musician

 

Texas

 

 

 

Austin

Taylor Waltmon

Digital Marketer

 

Dallas

Jessica McPhaul

Yoga Instructor

 

Wisconsin

 

 

 

Milwaukee

Freddy Coleman

Firefighter


MASTERCHEF is produced by Endemol Shine North America and One Potato Two Potato, and is based on a format created by Franc Roddam and Endemol Shine. Elisabeth Murdoch, Eden Gaha, Michael Brooks, Robin Ashbrook, Gordon Ramsay, Adeline Ramage Rooney, Patricia Llewellyn and Ben Adler serve as executive producers. “Like” MASTERCHEF on Facebook at facebook.com/MasterChef. Follow the series on Twitter @MASTERCHEFonFOX and join the discussion at #masterchef.

Follow the judges on Twitter: Gordon Ramsay - @gordonramsay; Christina Tosi - @christinatosi; and the guest judges on Twitter: Wolfgang Puck - @WolfgangPuck;  Aarón Sánchez - @Chef_Aaron; Edward Lee - @ChefEdwardLee; Kevin Sbraga - @KSbraga; and Richard Blais - @RichardBlais.

About One Potato Two Potato
Renowned for award-winning original programming, One Potato Two Potato produces high-quality TV shows on both sides of the Atlantic, including the smash-hit HOTEL HELL, the blockbuster MASTERCHEF, irresistible spin-off MASTERCHEF JUNIOR and MASTERCHEF CELEBRITY SHOWDOWN, all for FOX; as well as “Best New Restaurant” and competition series “Food Court Wars.” In the U.K., OPTP produces “Gordon Ramsay Behind Bars” and “Gordon Ramsay’s Great Escape,” for Channel 4; food biography and nostalgia series “My Kitchen,” for UKTV’s Good Food Channel; and “Matilda and the Ramsay Bunch,” starring Tilly Ramsay for U.K. children’s channel CBBC. OPTP has also produced two instructional cookery series featuring Gordon Ramsay, “Ultimate Home Cooking” and “Ultimate Cookery Course,” both of which have sold all over the globe.

About Endemol Shine North America
Endemol Shine North America delivers world-class content and compelling storytelling to multiple platforms in the U.S. and across the globe. Endemol Shine North America is part of Endemol Shine Group, the newly launched global content creator, producer and distributor with a diverse portfolio of companies that are behind some of the most prominent hit television formats and series in the world. Endemol Shine Group’s companies in North America are behind such hit series as “Big Brother” (CBS), “The Biggest Loser” (NBC), “Hell on Wheels” (AMC), “Ink Master” (Spike), “Kingdom” (DirecTV), MASTERCHEF (FOX), MASTERCHEF JUNIOR (FOX), “Restaurant Startup” (CNBC), “Swamp People” (History), “The Real Housewives of Atlanta” (Bravo), “Steve Harvey” (NBCU), “T.I. & Tiny: The Family Hustle” (VH1), “Steve Austin’s Broken Skull Challenge” (CMT) and “Billion Dollar Buyer” (CNBC), as well as the upcoming “Hunted” (CBS), SUPERHUMAN (FOX), The Almost Impossible Game Show" (MTV) and “I’m Dying Up Here” (Showtime).


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