Top four finalists named on “MASTERCHEF”

Home Cooks Ha, Marks, Mirando and Reams compete for top three spot, Tues. Aug. 28 on FOX

Wednesday, August 22, 2012 - 3:32pm

It was revealed that Christine Ha from Houston, Texas; Josh Marks from Jackson, Miss.; Frank Mirando from Holtsville, N.Y.; and Becky Reams from Stilwell, Kan., are the top four finalists on MasterChef, after Monti Carlo, from Los Angeles, Calif., was eliminated.

In the next all-new episode airing Tuesday, Aug. 28 (8:00-9:00 p.m.), the top four home cooks will split into two teams and prepare an exquisite three-course meal for judges Gordon Ramsay, Joe Bastianich and Graham Elliot and three world-renowned, Michelin-starred chefs: Daniel Boulud, Alain Ducasse and Guy Savoy.

The following week, in Part One of the two-part season finale airing Tuesday, Sept. 4 (8:00-9:00 p.m.), the top three contestants compete head-to-head in the last mystery box challenge, but only two home cooks will advance to the final showdown. Then, on the final showdown airing Monday, Sept. 10 (8:00-9:00 p.m.), the top two finalists have one last chance to prove they have the passion, skill and drive to turn their culinary dream into a reality. Only one home cook will be crowned America’s next MasterChef and walk away with a book deal and the $250,000 grand prize.   

Christine Ha
Age: 32
Occupation: Graduate Student
Hometown: Houston, TX
Mystery Box Challenges Won: 0
Team Challenges Won: 3

Keep up with Christine at:
www.twitter.com/MC3Christine
www.facebook.com/MC3Christine

Try Christine’s Ultimate Burger Recipe:
http://www.fox.com/masterchef/recipes/signature-dish-3/recipe-3

What she learned from the show: “You must cook from the heart, make something you'd be proud to serve your friends, and create it with passion, love and fervor.” 

Josh Marks
Age: 24
Occupation: U.S. Army Contract Specialist
Currently Resides: Jackson, MS
Mystery Box Challenges Won: 1
Team Challenges Won: 1

Keep up with Josh at:
www.twitter.com/MC3Josh
www.facebook.com/MC3Josh

Try Josh’s Ultimate Burger Recipe:
http://www.fox.com/masterchef/recipes/signature-dish-3/recipe-9

What he learned from the show: “The importance of plating and presentation, how to run a kitchen, how to lead other cooks, and most importantly, how to move like a chef in the kitchen.”

Frank Mirando
Age: 28
Occupation: Stockbroker
Hometown: Holtsville, NY
Mystery Box Challenges Won: 1
Team Challenges Won: 2

Keep up with Frank at:
www.twitter.com/MC3Frank
www.facebook.com/MC3Frank

Try Frank’s Ultimate Burger Recipe:
http://www.fox.com/masterchef/recipes/signature-dish-3/recipe-7

What he learned from the show: “I learned that I can handle pressure in the kitchen and that I have the ability to take an item I've never worked with and make it taste amazing.” 

Becky Reams
Age: 26
Occupation: Food Photographer
Hometown: Stilwell, KS
Mystery Box Challenges Won: 1
Team Challenges Won: 4

Keep up with Becky at:
www.twitter.com/MC3Becky
www.facebook.com/MC3Becky

Try Becky’s Ultimate Burger Recipe:
http://www.fox.com/masterchef/recipes/signature-dish-3/recipe-2

What she learned from the show: “I learned more about cooking and more about myself than I ever have before in my entire life. Cooking for me is the perfect storm of everything I know, everything I love and everything I strive to be.” 


Beginning tonight through Monday, Sept. 10, viewers can pre-order MasterChef meals for delivery at www.popuppantry.com/masterchef. Once the winner is crowned after the final showdown on Monday, Sept. 10 (8:00-9:00 p.m.), Pop-Up Pantry will reveal the dishes created by the top two finalists that will be available for delivery to your doorstep. Customers who pre-order can choose from among three delivery dates: Wednesday, Sept. 26; Thursday, Sept. 27; or Friday, Sept. 28.

MasterChef is produced by Shine America and One Potato Two Potato and is based on the 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, Patricia Llewellyn and Ben Adler serve as executive producers.

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About Shine America:
Shine America is a world leader in producing and distributing compelling scripted and unscripted television and digital content, building brands through the leveraging of its intellectual property and creating integrated marketing opportunities for advertisers. Shine America is known for popular and award-winning original series including The Biggest Loser,Tabatha Takes Over,Shear Genius and The Buried Life; adaptations of Shine Group formats Masterchef, One Born Every Minute and Parental Control; long-running scripted hits The Office, Ugly Betty and The Tudors; and more than 20 groundbreaking original online series on MSN, Yahoo!, YouTube premium channels and other platforms, many of these produced in partnership with global brands such as Toyota, Kraft Foods, Subway and Microsoft. Through its distribution arm, Shine International, Shine America distributes its extensive library of programming and formats to more than 150 countries.

About One Potato Two Potato:
One Potato Two Potato was co-founded by Gordon Ramsay and Optomen Television in 2008 to exclusively create and produce worldwide content for Ramsay ventures across all media, including television, digital and publishing. Renowned for award-winning original programming, the company produces high-quality TV shows on both sides of the Atlantic, including the smash-hit Hotel Hell, which is the highest-rated new network show of summer 2012; and MasterChef, both for FOX; as well as massive U.K. hit Gordon Ramsay Behind Bars and Gordon’s Great Escape for Channel 4.; and My Kitchen, for UKTV’s Good Food Channel. Ramsay’s groundbreaking and hugely popular Channel 4 series, Cookalong LIVE, aired as a special on FOX and has since become a successful format around the world. OPTP is also currently in development on several exciting unscripted and scripted projects, within and beyond the food genre, for network, cable and digital platforms in the U.S., U.K. and Australia. OPTP distributes its hugely popular TV programming and formats to more than 200 territories via Optomen International. The company became part of the All3Media group in 2010. Find out more about One Potato Two Potato at www.onepotatotwopotato.tv.
  

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