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For the First Time Ever, the Judges Battle it Out on Season Nine of MASTERCHEF, Premiering May 30 on FOX

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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 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 June 6 (8:00-10:00 PM ET/PT). 

Then, the series makes its time period premiere on 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.

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