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

Cayman Islands 

Nik StewartModel
 

China 

TianjinBowen LiPilot
 

Florida

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

Illinois

 ChicagoFarhan MominDental Student
Julia DannoSales Manager
 

Iowa

    Iowa CityMatt HouckOptometrist
 West Des MoinesSamantha DailyCollege Student
 

Kentucky

LouisvilleGerron HurtEnglish Teacher
 

Louisiana

ShreveportMark Myers Jr.Firefighter
 

Maine

RockportMark IngrahamDishwasher
 

Maryland

LaurelTye Hall BrownAssociate Professor
 

Massachusetts

OrangeLindsay HaighTrial Attorney
 

Michigan

Grand RapidsAlecia WintersDaycare Owner
 

Nevada

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
 

Tennessee

NashvilleMark MedlinBusiness Owner
 

Texas 

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

Taylor Waltmon

Drummer

Sales Training Director

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

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