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[05/03/11 - 01:45 PM]
"Masterchef" Gets Cooking Monday, June 6, on FOX
The network details the hometowns, names and professions of the 100 amateur cooks participating in the new season.

[via press release from FOX]

"MASTERCHEF" GETS COOKING MONDAY, JUNE 6, ON FOX

NATIONWIDE SEARCH BRINGS 100 AMATEUR COOKS

TO LOS ANGELES TO VIE FOR COVETED TITLE

Top 18 Revealed Tuesday, June 14

Famed chef Gordon Ramsay is back for Round Two of his culinary smash hit and last summer's highest-rated new series, MASTERCHEF, Monday, June 6 (8:00-9:00 PM ET/PT) on FOX. After conducting a nationwide search, 100 of the best amateur cooks in America, including a police officer, an oil rig engineer, an interior designer, a forklift operator, a professional poker player, a classical pianist and a tattoo shop owner, were flown to Los Angeles in the hopes of becoming the next MASTERCHEF and walking away with the life-changing grand prize.

In the premiere episode, the hopefuls will prepare their signature dishes and present them to the renowned MASTERCHEF judging panel: Michelin-starred chef Gordon Ramsay; restaurateur and wine maker Joe Bastianich; and the youngest four-star chef in America, Graham Elliot. The judges are looking for presentation, flavor, originality and creativity, but most importantly - to have a chance - every contender must possess an immense passion for food. The amateur cooks will be put through the paces, and only the most deserving among them will win the coveted white apron and move on to the next round of the competition. One thing is certain in MASTERCHEF: Winning will be no piece of cake.

On Tuesday, June 7 (8:00-9:00 PM ET/PT) and Monday, June 13 (8:00-9:00 PM ET/PT), the judges will continue to winnow down the Top 100 and ultimately reveal the Top 38. The competition heats up as more hopefuls are eliminated until the Top 18 are announced on Tuesday, June 14 (8:00-9:00 PM ET/PT).

Below are the hometowns, names and professions of the 100 amateur cooks:

California

Burbank

Edgardo Geronimo Teacher

Michelle Farmer Clothing Designer

Calabasas

Pauline McAloon Realtor

Fremont

Denise Jacinto Event Planner

Julie Lafoya Human Resources Manager

Fresno

Jervis Cole Sport Management

Laguna Beach

Tahera Smith Sales Representative

Los Angeles

Esther Kang Lawyer

Modesto

Brian Dolnick Physician

Napa

Kevin West Nursing Supervisor

Newhall

Michael Labrador Aerospace Company President

Pasadena

Kristie Amobi Oncology Marketing Vice President

Playa Del Rey

Alejandra Schrader Architect/Urban Planner

San Francisco

David Gunderman Homemaker

Ventura

Adrien Nieto Server

Colorado

Denver

Jonathan Baiardo Electrical Engineer

Colorado Springs

Kayla Hildebrand Homemaker

Christine Wendell Government Contractor

Joey Stasolla Business Owner

Highlands Ranch

DeVoyn Huddy-Nickels Tattoo Shop Owner

Longmont

Josh Heilbrun Forklift Operator

Gladys Jackson Homemaker

Parker

Jarvis Green Construction/Retired Pro-Football Player

Delaware

Wilmington Jennifer Behm Real Estate Agent

Florida

Clermont

Rhonda Sweet Produce Company Owner

Coral Springs

Tracy Kontos Style Consultant

Davenport

Dustin Gatward Pool Maintenance Technician

Dunedin

Christin Carson Teacher

Nokomis

KC Quaretti-Lee Internet Host

Orlando

Kala Fillmann Sales

Ashley Pado Student/Server

Joe Palladino Restaurant Manager

Panama City

Yi Lynne Weber Homemaker

Saint Cloud

Joe Jayne Pipe Superintendent

Sopchoppy

Christine Corley Homemaker

Idaho

Nampa

Michelle Dean Homemaker

Illinois

Chicago

Lou Bank Non-Profit Management

Erryn Cobb Publicist

Brian Dombrowski Mortgage Banker

Giuseppe Morisco Granite Sales Representative

Mark Raffaeli Real Estate Broker

Suzy Singh Neural Engineer

Grant Park

Tony Scruggs Truck Driver

Naperville

Beth Peterson Homemaker

Rockton

Chad Ryan Police Officer

Kentucky

Richmond

Jeannie Burchett Rental Property Management

Louisiana

Baton Rogue

Jay Ducote Program Coordinator

Madisonville

Jason Broussard Oil Rig Engineer

New Orleans

Brant Langlinais Nursing Student

Massachusetts

Boston

Alice Phillips School Psychologist/Education Therapist

AJ Williams Event Planner

Gloucester

Christian Collins Unemployed

Lowell

Bob Rafferty Farmer

Milton

Mike Donovan Firefighter

Northampton

Jeff Dalton Ph.D. Student

Rowley

Ana Hammond Interior Designer

Scituate

Laura Raposa Gossip Columnist

Somerville

Erin Cabana Customer Service Representative

Kathy-Ann Hart Lawyer

Worcester

Natalie Rodriguez Phlebotomist

Maryland

Baltimore

David Bersch Bartender

Michigan

Howell

Reneen Chodkowski Cooking Teacher/Kitchen Tools Salesperson

Minnesota

Eden Prairie

Rebekah Garneau Homemaker

Mississippi

Jackson

Aaron Thomas Student

Kiln

Albert Necaise Truck Driver

Nebraska

Omaha

Timothy Hagedorn Server

New Jersey

Montville

Donna Zicarelli-Pierro Homemaker

Morristown

Alterik Wilburn Lawyer

Nevada

Henderson

Christian Alonso Event Planner

New York

Brooklyn

Morenike Lambert Tutor/Freelancer

Massapequa

John Addona Plumber

New York

Monica Chung Classical Pianist

Cidele Curo Make-Up Artist

Chiharu Dixon Interactive Media Consultant

Max Kramer Student

Saratoga Springs

Gary Styczynski Professional Poker Player

West Babylon

Derrick Prince Musician Ohio Columbus Angel Moore-Soukkay Property Manager Maysfield Heights Kyle Manning Catering Account Manager

Oregon

Gladstone

Jim Miller Martial Arts Teacher

Portland

Garrett Lee Student

Craig Tyson Computer Engineer

Pennsylvania

Elizabethtown

Heather Conger Homemaker

Texas

Arlington

Cynthia Price Human Resources Representative

Dallas

Donna Collins Yamini President of Global Peace Project/ Feng Shui Master

Anthony Fedele Semi-Retired Brand Specialist

Shamarra Garmon Youth Cooking Instructor

Risa Goldstein Retired

Jennie Kelley Musician

Amber Montgomery Restaurant Manager

Frisco

Stephen Russell Bartender

Houston

Jason McConniel Property Tax Consultant

Alvin Schultz Retail Manager

Lewisville

Ben Starr Freelance Writer

Mc Kinney

Bryce Hendricks Office Manager

McAllen Seby Joseph

Student

Plano

Shawn Guenther Product Engineer

Round Rock

Juliet Mossman Homemaker

Washington

Tacoma

Jason Albert Hydraulic Technician

Wisconsin

Milwaukee

Jenny Jennings Car Sales Representative

MASTERCHEF is produced by Reveille and One Potato Two Potato and is based on a format created by Franc Roddam and Shine. Shine International handles distribution for the MASTERCHEF format. Elisabeth Murdoch, Howard T. Owens, Robin Ashbrook, Gordon Ramsay, Adeline Ramage Rooney, Pat Llewellyn, Ben Adler and Liz Cook serve as executive producers. Become a fan of the series on Facebook at www.facebook.com/masterchef and follow the series on Twitter at www.twitter.com/masterchefonfox (@masterchefonfox).





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