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Thursday, September 18, 2014 - 6:18pm

“MASTERCHEF” serves up two-night series premiere event

Nationwide search brings best amateur cooks to Los Angeles to vie for coveted title, Mon., June 4, and Tue., June 5 on FOX

Wednesday, May 9, 2012 - 7:14pm

 Top 18 revealed Monday, June 11


LOS ANGELES — Award-winning chef Gordon Ramsay, restaurateur Joe Bastianich and acclaimed chef Graham Elliot return for season three of the culinary smash hit MasterChef with a two-night season premiere event on Monday, June 4 (8:00-9:00 p.m.) and Tuesday, June 5 (8:00-9:00 p.m.) on FOX.

Nearly 30,000 hopefuls auditioned at MasterChef’s open casting calls in Atlanta, Ga.; Austin, Tex.; Boston, Mass.; Chicago, Ill.; Los Angeles, Calif.; Miami, Fla.; New York City, N.Y.; San Francisco, Calif.; Savannah, Ga.; Seattle, Wash.; and Washington, D.C. MasterChef also hit the road for the first-ever food truck casting tour and made stops in cities throughout Arizona, Colorado and Utah. Only the best amateur cooks were flown to Los Angeles for a chance to compete for the coveted title of MasterChef and the $250,000.00 grand prize. This season will feature contestants from all walks of life representing 23 states – including a stock broker, a professional opera singer, an emergency physician, a food photographer, a plastic surgeon, as well as the first blind cook to enter the competition – all with the hopes of turning their culinary dream into a reality.

In the premiere episode, the hopefuls will prepare their signature dish and present them to the distinguished MasterChef judging panel: Gordon Ramsay (Gordon Ramsay Steak, maze), Joe Bastianich (Del Posto, Eataly) and Graham Elliot (Graham Elliot, Grahamwich). The judges will taste for flavor, originality, creativity and presentation. But most importantly, the amateur cooks must demonstrate a genuine passion for food and a drive to win in order to earn a coveted white apron and move on to the next round.

The auditions continue on Tuesday, June 5 (8:00-9:00 p.m.) as the judges critique the good and the bad and continue to winnow down the competition. On Monday, June 11 (8:00-9:00 p.m.), the stakes are raised as the 36 remaining hopefuls will be put to the ultimate test in an intense ground beef challenge. By the end of the episode, those who impress the judges will earn a spot in the Top 18 and join the nation’s best crop of amateur cooks in the MasterChef kitchen. Only those who put their best dish forward will move one step closer to becoming a culinary master.


MasterChef Top Amateur Cooks:
Below are the hometowns, names and professions of the top amateur cooks who were flown to Los Angeles to compete on MasterChef:

State/Hometown Name  Profession 

ARIZONA

Mesa
Page




Phoenix
Scottsdale
CALIFORNIA
Apple Valley
Bakersfield
Brentwood
Cluco
Corona
Hidden Hills
Hollywood
Encino
Laguna Niguel
Los Angeles


Northridge
Playa Del Rey
San Francisco
Santa Monica
Studio City
 
COLORADO
Westminster
CONNECTICUT
Monroe
Woodbury
DELAWARE
Newark
FLORIDA
Aventura
Boyton Beach
Davie
Deerfield Beach
Jacksonville
Miami




Miramar
Palm Beach Gardens
West Palm Beach
GEORGIA
Blackshear
Marietta
Powder Springs
Rowell 

Savannah
ILLINOIS
Chicago




Glencoe
KANSAS
Stilwell
LOUISIANA
New Orleans
MASSACHUSETTS
Cohasset
Boston


Fall River
Nantucket
MARYLAND
Baldwin
Baltimore
Bethesda
Silver Spring
Windsor Mill
MICHIGAN
Ada
Royal Oak
MISSISSIPPI
Biloxi
Jackson
NEW JERSEY
Florham Park
Manahawkin
West Orange
NEW YORK
Astoria
Brooklyn

Earlville
Harlem
Holtsville
Katonah
Levittown
Long Beach
New York City

Woodside
OHIO
Cincinnati
OREGON
Clackamas
Portland
RHODE ISLAND
Cranston
TEXAS
Austin

Dallas
Frisco
Houston
VIRGINIA
Annandale
Arlington
 
WASHINGTON
Kirkland
Seattle
WISCONSIN
Sun Prairie

Anis "Nino" Jabbes
Page Renee Berthiaume
Laura Frederick
Hollie Schoppman
Dwayne Slate
Nicholas Smith
Preethy Kaibara
Jason Clouse

Stacey Amagrande
Gregg McDonnell
Justin Weiss
Vanessa Larsen
Taylor Wilder
Carrie Portman
Felix Fang
Melanie Lowry
Jeff Cohen
Monti Carlo
Trevor Janus
Patti Negri
Regan Forston
Becky Reams
Laurence "Larry" Hing
Craig Victor
Victoria Redstall
Kelly Ryan

Barry "Bear" Plunkett

Jason Maur
Arnaud Bourgeois

Tianna Wood

Ladda Cooper
Thomas Wright
David Mack
Penny Suzuki
Sonya Welch
Samantha de Silva
Jordan Fein
Zelick Gimelstein
Dolores Royale
Charles Vidales
Joel Ringrose
Kate D'Hondt
Andrew Rosenthal

Bubba Strickland
Lindsay Tarquinio
Mike Hill
Bobby Manheim

Alysha Augustus

Tali Clavijo
Vladimir Giuliano Djurkovic
Aleithea Ellis
Greg Tomaras
Elisa Vea
David Martinez

Becky Reams

Hueber Dunaway

Julie Mitterando
AJ Rossi
Anna Rossi
Adam Camacho
Pete Nevers

Helene Leeds
Elizabeth Etzel
Amy Holmwood
Kaimana Chee
Sherine Taylor

James Lee
Brian Kho

Michelle Gollott
Joshua Marks

Samantha McNulty
Nutrition Sales
Nandini Anant

Luca Manfe
Raiza Costa
Jack Hazan
Gabe Fowler
Courtney Carey
Frank Mirando
Kim Maloof
Al Matousek
Alessio Vella
Unemployed
Nichelle Wright
Michael Petroff

Krystal Mandap

Josue del Castillo Rios
Jessica Glenn

Cheryl Manzi

Michael Chen
Tanya Noble
Rami Rassas
Audrey McGinnis
Christine Ha

Scott Little
Matthew Duffy
Joe Maiellano

Shami Marangwanda
Jaeger Stoltz

Derek Distin

Server
Office Manager
Retired Teacher
Convenience Store Owner
Repossession Agent
Marine Mechanic
Family Physician & Attorney
Contractor

Farmer's Market Manager
IT Manager
Business Analyst
Hair Stylist
Sales Associate
Senior Real Estate Account Executive
Food Runner
Account Executive
Wealth Manager
Homemaker
Composer
Witch
Ventriloquist
Food Photographer
Lawyer
Call Center Assistant
Author
Professional Speaker

Software Sales Executive

Attorney
Pilot/Captain

Inventory Control Specialist

Restaurant Co-Owner
Criminal Lawyer
Caviar Sales Director
Firefighter and Paramedic
Administrative Assistant
Design Consultant
Credit Services Dir. of Operations
Musician
Real Estate Investor
Charles Vidales
U.S. Army Station Commander
Bartender
Plastic Surgeon

Singer
Non-Profit Co-Founder
Contractor
Primate Therapy for Special Needs 
     Children (Monkey Doctor)
Homemaker

Musician
Assistant Manager
Student
Field Service Engineer
Administrative Assistant
Educational Administrator

Food Photographer

Music Teacher

Emergency Physician
Dir. of Sales (Antiques/Fine Art Magazine)
Pharmaceutical Sales Representative
Mechanical Engineer
Carpenter

Health Coach
Real Estate Agent
President of Life Insurance Company
Director of IT Training
Benefits Counselor

Retired Police Officer
Business Student

Food Services Sales Consultant
Contract Specialist for US Army

High School Student
Nutrition Sales
Homemaker

Restaurant Manager
Artist
Children's Wear Assistant
Journalism Student
Professional Opera Singer
Stock Broker
Homemaker
Teaching Assistant
Sales Manager
Unemployed
Dancer
School Aide

Food Sales Representative

On-Air Radio Personality
Book Publicist

Admissions Representative

Meteorology Student
Student and Hospitality Assistant
Used Car Salesman
Homemaker
Graduate Student

Interactive Producer
IT Manager
Political Consultant

Recruiter
Hair Stylist

Medical Device Sales Representative
                        

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, Robin Ashbrook, Gordon Ramsay, Adeline Ramage Rooney, Pat Llewellyn and Ben Adler serve as executive producers.

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