Three Finalists Named on 'MasterChef'

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August 29th, 2012

via press release:




Frank Mirando Eliminated from Competition


Two-Night Season Finale Airs Tuesday, September 4 and Monday, September 10, on FOX


Season Four Open Casting Calls to be Held in New York, Los Angeles, Chicago,

Boston, Dallas, Minneapolis, Miami, Cleveland, Portland, San Diego and Nashville


Tonight, judges Gordon Ramsay, Joe Bastianich and Graham Elliot announced the Top Three semifinalists on MASTERCHEF: Christine Ha, a blind graduate student from Houston, TX; Josh Marks, a U.S. Army Contract Specialist from Jackson, MS; and Becky Reams, a food photographer from Stilwell, KS. Frank Mirando, a stockbroker from Holbrook, NY, was eliminated after an intense pressure test featuring three types of soufflé.


The two-part season finale starts next Tuesday, Sept. 4 (9:00-10:00 PM ET/PT) with Christine, Josh and Becky battling it out in the semifinals. During the penultimate episode, the judges challenge the three semifinalists to reflect on their culinary journeys to create outstanding dishes that best embody their personalities and passion for food. In the elimination challenge, each contestant will prepare a dish featuring a pair of legs – chicken, lamb, or frog – that is worthy of a spot in the Top Two, but one hopeful’s MASTERCHEF journey will come to an end.


In the concluding episode of the nail-biting season finale airing Monday, Sept. 10 (9:00-10:00 PM ET/PT), the remaining two cooks will compete one last time in the kitchen, and the judges will reveal America’s next MASTERCHEF who will walk away with a book deal and the $250,000 grand prize.


MASTERCHEF will once again travel across the country and give talented home cooks the chance to prove they have what it takes to make their mark on the culinary world.  Open casting calls for Season Four of MASTERCHEF will take place this fall in New York, NY; Los Angeles, CA; Chicago, IL; Boston, MA; Dallas, TX; Minneapolis, MN; Miami, FL; Cleveland, OH, Portland, OR; San Diego, CA; and Nashville, TN.  Additional details including dates, venues and times will be announced soon. Visit for the most up-to-date audition information.


Catch up with the Top Three and see how far they’ve come, in this all-new video highlighting their MASTERCHEF journeys:


The Top Three semifinalists reveal the first dish they mastered:


Christine Ha

Age: 32

Occupation: Graduate Student

Hometown: Houston, TX

Mystery Box Challenges Won: 0

Team Challenges Won: 4


Keep up with Christine at: 

First dish she mastered: “Ginger-braised chicken is the first dish I learned to cook successfully and consistently.”

Josh Marks

Age: 24

Occupation: U.S. Army Contract Specialist

Currently Resides: Jackson, MS

Mystery Box Challenges Won: 1

Team Challenges Won: 1


Keep up with Josh at:   


First dish he mastered: “Turkey chili.  It helped me understand how to balance the amount of spices properly so I can let the other ingredients speak for themselves.”

Becky Reams

Age: 26

Occupation: Food Photographer

Hometown: Stilwell, KS

Mystery Box Challenges Won: 1

Team Challenges Won: 5


Keep up with Becky at:


First dish she mastered: “Chicken Parmesan. I cooked Chicken Parmesan one night for friends, and they absolutely loved it! It was a huge hit, so from then on, they would request it specifically.”

MASTERCHEF is produced by Shine America and One Potato Two Potato and is based on the format created by Franc Roddam and Shine. Shine International handles distribution for the MASTERCHEF format. Elisabeth Murdoch, Eden Gaha, Robin Ashbrook, Gordon Ramsay, Adeline Ramage Rooney, Patricia Llewellyn and Ben Adler serve as executive producers.


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About Shine America:

Shine America is a world leader in producing and distributing compelling scripted and unscripted television and digital content, building brands through the leveraging of its intellectual property and creating integrated marketing opportunities for advertisers. Shine America is known for popular and award-winning original series including “The Biggest Loser”, “Tabatha Takes Over” and upcoming seriesThe Face”; adaptations of Shine Group formats MASTERCHEF, “Minute to Win It,” “One Born Every Minute” and “Parental Control”; long-running scripted hits “The Office,” “Ugly Betty” and “The Tudors”; and over 20 ground-breaking original online series on MSN, Yahoo!, YouTube premium channels and other platforms, many of these produced in partnership with global brands such as Walmart, Toyota, Kraft Foods, Subway and Microsoft. Through its distribution arm, Shine International, Shine America distributes its extensive library of programming and formats to more than 150 countries.

  • Jeff R

    I was surprised to see Frank go. I had him pegged as a finalist. However, they are all so good, it would have been tough to see anyone go last night – and from here on out. What a GREAT show!

  • RJ

    I really hope Josh is sent home next. Christine, Becky, and Frank have/had the most potential.

  • Mon

    Yep, I was disappointed too to see Frank go. I already hate the fat chef who sent him home. He can’t even respect the criticism got by his dish (remember when Josh thought mango should add nice balance on his tuna dish). He thinks he’s so perfect. Definitely my least favorite judge.

  • bessie

    I’ve watched every episode but after last night’s elimination will no longer. It was totally unfair to the other contestants when you made a decision to bring Josh back ( sad that you change the rules of elimination for ratings ). Having said that I felt he would be eliminated sooner than later, as it was obvious he was not of the same caliber as the top contenders. (but you kept saving him) I was disappointed when you eliminated Monti vs Josh when it was so obvious that Josh should have been eliminated because ihe had SUCH an advantage.!!! Again…..too much focus on ratings. Oh but the shocker…….you eliminated Frank who had been the steadiest all season and obviously someone who should hold the title of “Masterchef” if not Christine or Becky. Oh well life…….one more show to scratch off my list and while I’m at it…..certainly will not be watching any of your other shows either ….. too much personal ego and not enough substance when you change the rules for ratings!

    PS….No longer need to watch to see who will be the winner ……it will be the person that will be most talked about “that will give you ” the most media exposure upon winning……….oh well…..we all know life is not fair but gosh darn we keep hoping ….hope this show or that show “will not be ALL ABOUT THE RATINGS”….This kind of show SHOULD NOT BE about the ratings….should be about honesty and fairness………to the best cook each and every week.

  • Roman

    @ Bessie stop whinning youre acting like they just brought josh back . Josh had to compete against other contestants to win a place back . They didnt just give him the spot. Furthermore, dont watch , they honestly dont care if poor bessie doesnt watch.

    and WTF tv is all about ratingS. Everything you see on tv is on tv because of ratings…

    Get Over IT

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