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Luca Manfe crowned 'MasterChef' winner

by jmaloni


Thu, Sep 12th 2013 10:00 am
`MasterChef`: Luca is crowned winner in the season finale on FOX. (FOX photo by Greg Gayne)
"MasterChef": Luca is crowned winner in the season finale on FOX. (FOX photo by Greg Gayne)

Season five open casting calls begin in Phoenix and New Orleans on Oct. 5 

Wednesday night, season four of "MasterChef" came to an unforgettable conclusion as host/executive producer and judge Gordon Ramsay and fellow judges Joe Bastianich and Graham Elliot named Luca Manfe the winner of FOX's hit home cooking competition series. Manfe, 31, is a restaurant manager from Astoria. In addition to earning the "MasterChef" title, Manfe walked away with a cookbook deal and the $250,000 grand prize. 

"Winning 'MasterChef' is a dream come true," Manfe said. "After being eliminated in the auditions round last year, I never would have thought my life could turn around like this. I have learned so much from the experience, and now I am ready to continue pursuing my dream of opening my first restaurant." 

In the season finale, Manfe competed in a culinary showdown with Natasha Crnjac, a stay-at-home mom from San Diego, who proved her skill with her sophisticated techniques, exotic flavors and competitive spirit. For the final challenge, Manfe created a refined three-course meal: an appetizer of seared duck liver with brioche and peaches; a main course of braised beef short ribs with chanterelle mushrooms; and a basil panna cotta with tomato jam and honey cream mascarpone for dessert. In the end, it was Manfe's bold flavors and complex, yet composed, techniques that won over the judges and earned him the "MasterChef" title. 

Manfe's incredible "MasterChef" journey began on season three during the auditions round. He came up short of advancing to the next round, but the judges encouraged him to continue cooking and improving his craft. This season, after earning a "MasterChef" apron on his second try, Manfe came back stronger than ever, and was determined to prove his drive and passion to become the next "MasterChef" winner. Each week, Manfe competed in a series of grueling challenges and intense elimination rounds, presenting restaurant-quality dishes in his signature Italian style. 

Nearing the end of its fourth season, "MasterChef" ranks as the season's No. 1 cooking show on television among Adults 18-49 and Total Viewers.

Do you think you have what it takes to be like Luca? "MasterChef" will once again travel across the country and give talented home cooks the chance to prove they have what it takes to make their mark on the culinary world. Open casting calls will be held in the following cities:





Saturday, Oct. 5

Embassy Suites Biltmore
2630 East Camelback Road
Phoenix, AZ 85016
10:00 AM - 6:00 PM

New Orleans

Saturday, Oct. 5

Hyatt French Quarter
800 Iberville Street
New Orleans, LA 70112
10:00 AM - 6:00 PM


Saturday, Oct. 12

Doubletree Suites Hotel Houston Galleria
5353 Westheimer Rd.
Houston, TX 77056
10:00 AM - 6:00 PM


Saturday, Oct. 12



Saturday, Oct. 19

Le Cordon Bleu
361 West Chestnut Street
Chicago, IL 60610
10:00 AM - 6:00 PM


Saturday, Oct. 19

Hyatt Regency Columbus

350 North High Street

Columbus, OH 43215

10:00 AM - 6:00 PM


Kansas City

Saturday, Oct. 26

Kansas City Marriott Downtown

200 West 12th Street

Kansas City, MO 64105

10:00 AM - 6:00 PM

New York City

Saturday, Oct. 26

Doubletree Suites Times Square
1568 Broadway
New York, NY 10036
10:00 AM - 6:00 PM


Saturday, Nov. 2

Crowne Plaza Denver Downtown
1450 Glenarm Place
Denver, CO 80202
10:00 AM - 6:00 PM


Saturday, Nov. 2

Doubletree Philadelphia Center City
237 S Broad Street
Philadelphia, PA 19107
10:00 AM - 6:00 PM

Los Angeles

Saturday, Nov. 9


Additional details, including venues and times, will be announced soon. Visit www.masterchefcasting.com for the most up-to-date audition information. 

Fans can "like" "MasterChef" on Facebook at www.facebook.com/MasterChef. Follow the series on Twitter @MASTERCHEFonFOX and join the discussion at #masterchef.

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