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:


   SlapoutJessica MeuseCountry Singer
    PeoriaDarrick KrauseEngineer
Los AngelesS.J.College Student
Sal MaidaArchitect
San FranciscoImani BrowningServer
SylmarCynthia Smith-Allen BeyAccounting Assistant

Cayman Islands 

Nik StewartModel


TianjinBowen LiPilot


    MiamiShanika PattersonEvent Promoter
Sid HoeltzellFood Photographer
    Opa-LockaAshley MinceyProfessional Grocery Shopper
    AtlantaCamerron DangerfieldFinancial Analyst


 ChicagoFarhan MominDental Student
Julia DannoSales Manager


    Iowa CityMatt HouckOptometrist
 West Des MoinesSamantha DailyCollege Student


LouisvilleGerron HurtEnglish Teacher


ShreveportMark Myers Jr.Firefighter


RockportMark IngrahamDishwasher


LaurelTye Hall BrownAssociate Professor


OrangeLindsay HaighTrial Attorney


Grand RapidsAlecia WintersDaycare Owner


Las VegasJannie LamCocktail Server

New Jersey

Cherry HillStephanie WillisBartender

New York

BrooklynMaya Rose LedererPersonal Assistant
MamaroneckDaniela SavoneESL Teacher
WestchesterFrank TufanoBartender

North Carolina

ClaytonHope McFarlandHealth Care Administrator
Four OaksJody RhodesHunting Guide
RaleighJuni CuevasDisability Analyst

South Carolina

ColumbiaOlusola OgbomoBus Driver

South Africa 

ButterworthMarkheavens TshumaRetail Manager


NashvilleMark MedlinBusiness Owner


AustinChera Lynn LittleRealtor
HoustonCesar CanoHigh School Teacher
Chelsea SargentSales Specialist
Ralph Xavier DegalaSenior Accountant
Ryan Cortez

Taylor Waltmon


Sales Training Director

San AntonioJason BeauchampBusiness Owner
 Orlando VelasquezFamily & Criminal Law
FairfaxEric ClinganCriminal Defense Attorney
 NeenahEmily HallockFood Research Analyst

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