For the First Time Ever, the Judges Battle it Out on Season Nine of MASTERCHEF

FOR THE FIRST TIME EVER,

THE JUDGES BATTLE IT OUT

ON SEASON NINE OF “MASTERCHEF,”

PREMIERING WEDNESDAY, MAY 30, ON FOX

In a MASTERCHEF First, The Judges Choose Their Favorite Home Cooks and Mentor Them Throughout the Season

New Batch of Home Cooks Begin Their MASTERCHEF Journey, Including a Bus Driver, Personal Grocery Shopper, Country Singer, Pilot, Model, Firefighter, Dishwasher and Optometrist

In a MASTERCHEF kitchen first, the judges will do battle when Season Nine of MASTERCHEF premieres Wednesday, May 30 (8:00-10:00 PM ET/PT) on FOX. For the first time ever, the judges – host and award-winning chef Gordon Ramsay, acclaimed chef Aarón Sánchez and renowned restaurateur Joe Bastianich – will choose their favorite home cooks and mentor them throughout the competition. Another all-new two-hour episode of MASTERCHEF airs Wednesday, June 6 (8:00-10:00 PM ET/PT). Then, the series makes its time period premiere on Wednesday, June 13 (8:00-9:00 PM ET/PT), followed by the series premiere of GORDON RAMSAY’S 24 HOURS TO HELL AND BACK (9:00-10:00 PM ET/PT).

In the season premiere, the nation’s best home cooks travel to Los Angeles to compete for a spot in the Top 24. That’s when the twist kicks in: the judges each will have eight aprons to hand out to the home cooks whom they deem worthy – and they will then mentor those contestants throughout the competition. However, as in all prior seasons, only one home cook will claim the MASTERCHEF title and the $250,000 grand prize.

Hopefuls auditioned at MASTERCHEF’s open casting calls in Chicago, IL; Atlanta, GA; Raleigh, NC; Phoenix, AZ; New York, NY; Miami, FL; Houston, TX; Philadelphia, PA; Las Vegas, NV; Nashville, TN; and Los Angeles, CA, to prove they have the culinary skills to be the next MASTERCHEF. Only one talented home cook will join MASTERCHEF winners Dino Luciano (Season Eight); 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.

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

State/Hometown Name Profession
Alabama    
   Slapout Jessica Meuse Country Singer
Arizona    
    Peoria Darrick Krause Engineer
California    
  Los Angeles S.J. College Student
    Sal Maida Architect
  San Francisco Imani Browning Server
  Sylmar Cynthia Smith-Allen Bey Accounting Assistant
 

Cayman Islands 

    Nik Stewart Model
 

China 

  Tianjin Bowen Li Pilot
 

Florida

    Miami Shanika Patterson Event Promoter
  Sid Hoeltzell Food Photographer
    Opa-Locka Ashley Mincey Professional Grocery Shopper
     
Georgia    
    Atlanta Camerron Dangerfield Financial Analyst
 

Illinois

  Chicago Farhan Momin Dental Student
  Julia Danno Sales Manager
 

Iowa

   
    Iowa City Matt Houck Optometrist
  West Des Moines Samantha Daily College Student
 

Kentucky

   
Louisville Gerron Hurt English Teacher
 

Louisiana

   
Shreveport Mark Myers Jr. Firefighter
 

Maine

   
Rockport Mark Ingraham Dishwasher
 

Maryland

   
Laurel Tye Hall Brown Associate Professor
 

Massachusetts

   
Orange Lindsay Haigh Trial Attorney
 

Michigan

   
Grand Rapids Alecia Winters Daycare Owner
 

Nevada

   
Las Vegas Jannie Lam Cocktail Server
 

New Jersey

   
Cherry Hill Stephanie Willis Bartender
 

New York

   
Brooklyn Maya Rose Lederer Personal Assistant
  Mamaroneck Daniela Savone ESL Teacher
  Westchester Frank Tufano Bartender
 

North Carolina

   
Clayton Hope McFarland Health Care Administrator
  Four Oaks Jody Rhodes Hunting Guide
  Raleigh Juni Cuevas Disability Analyst
 

South Carolina

   
Columbia Olusola Ogbomo Bus Driver
 

South Africa 

  Butterworth Markheavens Tshuma Retail Manager
 

Tennessee

   
Nashville Mark Medlin Business Owner
 

Texas 

  Austin Chera Lynn Little Realtor
  Houston Cesar Cano High School Teacher
    Chelsea Sargent Sales Specialist
    Ralph Xavier Degala Senior Accountant
    Ryan Cortez

Taylor Waltmon

Drummer

Sales Training Director

  San Antonio Jason Beauchamp Business Owner
  Orlando Velasquez Family & Criminal Law
     
Virginia 
  Fairfax Eric Clingan Criminal Defense Attorney
       
Wisconsin    
  Neenah Emily Hallock Food Research Analyst
     

MASTERCHEF is produced by Endemol Shine North America and One Potato Two Potato, and is based on a format created by Franc Roddam and Endemol Shine. Robin Ashbrook, Elisabeth Murdoch, Georgie Hurford-Jones, Gordon Ramsay, Danny Schrader, Yasmin Shackleton, Patricia Llewellyn and Ben Adler serve as executive producers. “Like” MASTERCHEF on Facebook at facebook.com/Masterchef/. Follow the series on Twitter @MasterChefonFOX and join the discussion with #MasterChef. See photos and videos on Instagram @MasterchefonFOX. Follow the judges on Twitter: Gordon Ramsay – @gordonramsay; Aarón Sánchez – @Chef_Aaron; Joe Bastianich – @JBastianich.

ABOUT ENDEMOL SHINE NORTH AMERICA

Endemol Shine North America delivers world-class content and compelling storytelling to multiple platforms in the U.S. and across the globe. Endemol Shine North America is part of Endemol Shine Group, the global content creator, producer and distributor with a diverse portfolio of companies that are behind some of the most prominent hit television formats and series in the world.

Its Endemol Shine Latino division oversees all Spanish and Portuguese-language operations across Latin America, including newly launched studio Endemol Shine Boomdog, which produces original content for both the U.S. Hispanic and Mexican markets. Subsidiary production companies include Authentic Entertainment, Truly Original and 51 Minds Entertainment.

Endemol Shine Group’s companies in North America are behind such hit series as “Big Brother” (CBS), “Ink Master” (Spike), “Kingdom” (AT&T Audience Network), MASTERCHEF (FOX), MASTERCHEF JUNIOR (FOX), “Swamp People” (History), “The Real Housewives of Atlanta” (Bravo), “T.I. & Tiny: The Family Hustle” (VH1), “Steve Austin’s Broken Skull Challenge” (CMT), “Page Six TV” (Syndicated), “Billion Dollar Buyer” (CNBC), “Fear Factor” (MTV), “Best.Cover.Ever.” (YouTube), “I’m Dying Up Here” (Showtime), “Trading Spaces” (TLC) and upcoming “Deal or No Deal” (CNBC) and “Utopia” (Amazon).

ABOUT STUDIO RAMSAY

The next-generation multi-media production company STUDIO RAMSAY has a joint venture with All3Media to develop and produce both unscripted and scripted television shows, creating new formats and innovative programming that includes a scripted arm focused on food-related themes, and development of new talent on a global front. The catalogue of programs that Gordon Ramsay has worked on historically with All3Media via One Potato Two Potato, together with new original content he’s currently developing, make for a unique and dynamic production and distribution partnership. Studio Ramsay’s first production, THE F WORD WITH GORDON RAMSAY, premiered live this past summer in the U.S. on FOX. Its first daytime cooking series, CULINARY GENIUS, premiered in the spring on ITV in the U.K. and was syndicated on FOX stations in the U.S. this summer, while his new documentary series, “Gordon on Cocaine,” for ITV, premiered this fall. Seasons Three and Four of “Matilda And The Ramsay Bunch,” starring Tilly Ramsay, for U.K. children’s channel CBBC, are also produced by STUDIO RAMSAY.

Renowned for highly successful and award-winning original programming, Emmy-nominated, multi-Michelin star chef Gordon Ramsay produces TV shows on both sides of the Atlantic seen by audiences worldwide, including his FOX shows, THE F WORD WITH GORDON RAMSAY, GORDON RAMSAY’S 24 HOURS TO HELL AND BACK, MASTERCHEF, MASTERCHEF JUNIOR, HELL’S KITCHEN and MASTERCHEF CELEBRITY SHOWDOWN, as well as Bravo’s “Best New Restaurant” and Food Network’s competition series “Food Court Wars.” In the U.K., he’s produced “Gordon Ramsay Behind Bars” and “Gordon Ramsay’s Great Escape” for Channel 4; food biography and nostalgia series “My Kitchen” for UKTV’s Good Food Channel; two instructional cookery series, “Ultimate Home Cooking” and “Ultimate Cookery Course” for Channel 4; and “Matilda And The Ramsay Bunch,” all under his One Potato Two Potato banner.

-FOX-

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