MEET THE NEWEST BATCH OF HOME COOKS

MEET THE NEWEST BATCH OF HOME COOKS

MEET THE NEWEST BATCH OF HOME COOKS
WHO HAVE THE INGREDIENTS FOR SUCCESS
ON THE SEASON PREMIERE OF “MASTERCHEF”
WEDNESDAY, MAY 31, ON FOX

NATIONWIDE SEARCH BRINGS 40 OF THE BEST HOME COOKS
TO LOS ANGELES TO COMPETE FOR THE “MASTERCHEF” TITLE

Debt Collector, Dentist, Phys. Ed. Teacher, Harvard Student,
Swimsuit Model, Wedding Singer and Minister among Hopefuls

Host and award-winning chef Gordon Ramsay, world-renowned pastry chef Christina Tosi and James Beard Award-winning chef and restaurateur Aarón Sánchez welcome 40 of the nation’s best home cooks to the MASTERCHEF kitchen on the Season Eight premiere of MASTERCHEF, airing Wednesday, May 31 (8:00-9:00 PM ET/PT) on FOX.

In the season premiere, the Top 40 travel to Los Angeles to compete in the Battle for a White Apron challenge, during which only 20 will move forward in the contest for the MASTERCHEF title, a cookbook deal and the $250,000 grand prize.

Hopefuls auditioned at MASTERCHEF’s open casting calls in Boston, MA; Chicago, IL; Dallas, TX; Los Angeles, CA; New Orleans, LA; New York, NY; Oklahoma City, OK; Orlando, FL;  Portland, OR; San Diego, CA;  San Francisco, CA; and Washington D.C. to prove they have the culinary skills to be the next MASTERCHEF. Only one talented home cook will join MASTERCHEF winners Shaun O’Neale (Season Seven), 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.

This season features 40 contestants from all walks of life, representing 18 states – including a debt collector, dentist, PE teacher, Harvard student, swimsuit model and two ministers – all with the hopes of turning their culinary dreams into reality.

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

State/Hometown         Name                              Profession

California
Pacific Beach                  Lauren Lawless                Sales Rep
Redding                          Brien O’Brien                    Magazine Ad Sales

Florida
Clearwater                      Paola Annoni Patel            Dentist
Miami                              Heather Dombrosky          Registered Nurse
Land O’Lakes                  Danny Flores                     Steel Supplier
Tampa                             Jeff Philbin                        Marketing Directo

Hawaii
Honolulu                         Paige Jimenez                   Swimsuit Model
Pahoa                             Tom Ward                          Draftsman

Illinois
Chicago                          Caitlin Meade                    Nutritionist
                                       Eboni Henry                      Addiction Counselor

Louisiana
Chalmette                      Jennifer Williams               Debt Collector
New Orleans                  Janice Scott                      Tour Guide 
                                       Kelseay Reed                    Events Planner
Vacherie                         Lesci Oubre                      Phys. Ed. Teacher

Massachusetts
Cambridge                     Adam Wong                      Harvard Student
Medford                         Daniel Pontes-Macedo      Substitute Teacher
Newton                          Jason Wang                       High School Music Teacher
Springfield                     David Smith                       Wedding Singer

Michigan
Ann Arbor                      Julia Huldin                        Food Truck Promoter
Detroit                            Yachecia Holston               Minister
 
New Jersey
North Arlington              Michael Lertchitvikul          Former Startup COO


New York
Bensonhurst                   Dino Angelo Luciano        Dancer
Brooklyn                         Mia Rivera                         Grocery Clerk

Ohio
Cincinnati                       Jenny Cavellier                 Special Needs Therapist
                                       Josh Cooper                     Political Consultant

Oklahoma
Oklahoma City               Gabriel Lewis                    Fast Food Server
​                                       Ty Hamilton                      Model

Oregon
Myrtle Beach                  Shasta Dring                    Bartender
Portland                          Mark Togni                       Stay-at-home Dad


Pennsylvania
Pittsburgh                       Caitlin Jones                    Dancer


Puerto Rico
Carolina                          Nilka Barbosa                   Human Resources


South Carolina
Newberry                        Necco Ceresani                Marketing Manager


Texas
Austin                             Taylor Waltmon                 Digital Marketer
Carthage                        Reba Billingsley                 Stay-at-home Mom
Lipan                              Mike Newton                      Ranch Owner 


Virginia
Alexandria                      Aakash Trivedi                  Client Manager

Washington
Yakima                           Shawn Niles                       Pastor


Washington, D.C. 
                                       Angel Anderson                 Spice Store Owner
                                       Jessica Heath                     Former Model
                                       Sam Reiff-Pasarew             Creative Writing Teacher

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