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Season five of 'MasterChef' fires up Monday, May 26, on FOX

by jmaloni

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Mon, Apr 28th 2014 11:00 am
`MasterChef`: In Hollywood, Gordon Ramsay welcomed auditioners for the new season. (FOX photo by Carin Baer)
"MasterChef": In Hollywood, Gordon Ramsay welcomed auditioners for the new season. (FOX photo by Carin Baer)

Nationwide search brings 30 of the best home cooks to Los Angeles to compete for the "MasterChef" title 

Host and award-winning chef Gordon Ramsay, restaurateur Joe Bastianich and acclaimed chef Graham Elliot return for season five of the culinary smash hit "MasterChef," premiering Monday, May 26 (8 p.m.), on FOX.

More hopefuls than ever before auditioned at "MasterChef" open casting calls in Chicago; Columbus, Ohio; Denver; Houston; Kansas City, Mo.; Los Angeles; New Orleans; New York City; Orlando; Philadelphia; and Phoenix. They cam out to prove they have what it takes to make a mark on the culinary world.

Only one talented home cook will join season four winner Luca Manfe, season three winner Christine Ha (the first-ever blind contestant), season two winner Jennifer Behm and season one winner Whitney Miller in the elite group of "MasterChef" titleholders.

This season will feature 30 contestants representing 14 states from all walks of life - including an advertising executive, a petroleum landman, a stay-at-home-dad, an admissions counselor, a high school student and a church music director - all with the hopes of turning their culinary dreams into reality.

Below are the hometowns, names and professions of the top 30 home cooks who participated in the "MasterChef" auditions:

State/Hometown

Name

Profession

Alabama




Birmingham

Elise Mayfield

e-Learning Administrator

Arizona




Phoenix

Natanya Spears

Construction Coordinator

California




Irvine

Gordon Houston

Law Student Graduate


Los Angeles

Daniel McGuffey

Video Game Designer


Malibu

Leslie Gilliams

Stay-at-Home-Dad


Palo Alto

Ahran Cho

High School Student


Tarzana

Amy Pezeshkifar

Graduate Student


Yorba Linda

Ruth Schreber Sanchez

Stay-at-Home Mom

Florida




Orlando

Francis Biondi

Server







Idaho




Star

Chandis Siwek

Dietician Intern

Illinois




Chicago

Rickie Perez

Food Truck Manager

Kentucky 




Lexington

Dan Wu

Unemployed


Pikeville

Corey Charles

Winery Manager

Louisiana




Mandeville

Astrid Lavenia

Food Sales


New Orleans

Christian Green

Sales Representative


Thibidaux

Michael Williams

Student

Michigan




Detroit

Stephani Syfax-Shepherd

Server

New York




Brooklyn

Elizabeth Cauvel

Advertising Executive


New York City

Francis Legge

Music Video Director


Queens

Jaimee Vitolo

Bakery Assistant


Yonkers

Christine Silverstein

Investment Director

Ohio


Columbus

Whitney Bray

Call Center Representative


Wilmington

Tyler Viars

Hunting Sales Manager


Youngstown

Kira Novak

Medical Recruiter

Pennsylvania 




Meadville

Gavin Edmondson

Admissions Counselor


Philadelphia

Courtney Lapresi

Aerial Dancer

Texas




Beaumont

Cutter Brewer

Petroleum Landman


Houston

Willie Mike

Church Music Director


San Angelo

Victoria Scroggins

Bartender

Wisconsin




Muskego

Jordan Kaminski

College Student







In the premiere episode, 30 of the best home cooks in America will travel to Los Angeles to present their signature dishes to the distinguished judging panel: Ramsay (Gordon Ramsay Steak, Gordon Ramsay Pub & Grill, Gordon Ramsay BurGR), Bastianich (Del Posto, Osteria Mozza) and Elliot (Graham Elliot Bistro). The judges will taste for flavor, creativity and presentation. In order to earn a coveted white apron and move to the next round, the home cooks must have an immense passion for food and be determined to out-cook their rivals.

Once the top finalists are revealed, they will be put through their paces in a series of challenges designed to test their palates, food knowledge, passion and culinary skills.

This season, the contestants will work in teams to prepare a hearty meal for more than 500 hungry servicemen and women on an army base; create an unforgettable three-course meal for a summer wedding; visit a local diner to prepare American classics; cook a romantic dinner for 14 couples; serve game-day favorites for hungry football fans; and take command of a legendary Hollywood restaurant. With each new challenge, the pressure will mount as the top finalists compete for the coveted title of "MasterChef," a cookbook deal and the $250,000 grand prize. 

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

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