via press release:
TOP FINALISTS REVEALED ON “MASTERCHEF”
Boxing Coach, Carpenter, Former Pro-Football Player,
Stay-At-Home Mom and Yacht Stewardess Among Finalists
Competition Continues Wednesday, June 5, on FOX
Following a grueling round of auditions and an intense lamb challenge, the MASTERCHEF Season Four Top Finalists are Krissi Biasiello, Jonny Blanchard, Lynn Chyi, Natasha Crnjac, Bime Cruz, Sasha Foxx, Malcolm Green, Adriana Guillen, Eddie Jackson, Beth Kirby, Bri Kozior, Jessie Lysiak, Luca Manfe, James Nelson, Kathy Prieto, Jordan Roots, Bethy Rossos, Howard Simpson and Savannah Sturgess. The Top Finalists announcement was made tonight by the MASTERCHEF judges – award-winning chef Gordon Ramsay, restaurateur Joe Bastianich and acclaimed chef Graham Elliot.
The competition continues next Wednesday, June 5 (8:00-10:00 PM ET/PT) on FOX, as the Top Finalists compete in their first team challenge and face their pickiest judges yet: kids. The finalists visit a local elementary school and are tasked to create a healthy, balanced meal for more than 300 schoolchildren. Then, judge Ramsay cooks alongside the home cooks and prepares a dish using mystery box ingredients. At the end of the episode, two of the finalists will be eliminated.
Below are the Top Finalists and the lamb dish that earned them a spot in the MASTERCHEF kitchen:
|Krissi Biasiello Age: 34Hometown: Philadelphia, PA Occupation: Paralegal
Lamb Dish: Shepherd’s Pie with Greek Salad
|Jonny Blanchard Age: 28Hometown: Marlboro, MA Occupation: Carpenter
Lamb Dish: Lamb Ragoons and Tataki Slaw
|Lynn Chyi Age: 27Hometown: San Diego, CA Occupation: IT Systems Administrator
Lamb Dish: Lamb Loin, Pea Puree, Pea and Tomato Salad and Pickled Red Onion
|Natasha Crnjac Age: 26Hometown: San Diego, CA Occupation: Stay-at-Home Mom
Lamb Dish: Lamb Brain Tortellini with Saffron Emulsion and Roasted Heirloom Tomatoes
|Bime Cruz Age: 35Hometown: Taunton, MA Occupation: Boxing Coach
Lamb Dish: Lamb Meatballs Fettuccine Alfredo with Grilled Asparagus
|Sasha Foxx Age: 42Hometown: Tuscaloosa, AL Occupation: Singer
Lamb Dish: Lamb Chili with Jalapeño Corn Bread
|Malcolm Green Age: 27Hometown: Cambridge, MA Occupation: Unemployed
Lamb Dish: Lamb Sampler, including Rib, Sausage and Loin
|Adriana Guillen Age: 26Hometown: New York, NY Occupation: College Admissions Rep.
Lamb Dish: Spicy Lamb Shank with Apricot Israeli Couscous
|Eddie Jackson Age: 32Hometown: Americus, GA Occupation: Personal Trainer/
Former Pro Football Player
Lamb Dish: Lamb Chowder and Simple Greens
|Beth Kirby Age: 29Hometown: Chattanooga, TN Occupation: Writer/Photographer
Lamb Dish: Lavender Hay Roasted Saddle, Fried Sweetbreads and Celeric Purée
|Bri Kozior Age: 22Hometown: Doylestown, PA Occupation: Theatre Assistant
Lamb Dish: Four Seasons Lamb
|Jessie Lysiak Age: 27|
Hometown: Social Circle, GA Occupation: Yacht Stewardess
Lamb Dish: Lamb Saddle with Chorizo, Sweet Potato and Butternut Squash
|Luca Manfe Age: 31|
Hometown: Astoria, NY Occupation: Restaurant Manager
Lamb Dish: Loin and Sweetbread Roulade with Eggplant, Two Ways
|James Nelson Age: 26|
Hometown: Victoria, TX Occupation: Retail Sales
Lamb Dish: Lamb Vindaloo and Raita
|Kathy Prieto Age: 29|
Hometown: Bronx, NY Occupation: Office Assistant
Lamb Dish: Stuffed Lamb Chops with Baby Carrots and Mash
|Jordan Roots Age: 29|
Hometown: Minneapolis, MN Occupation: Delivery Driver
Lamb Dish: Brains Ball and Potato Pear Gratin with Wild Mushroom Beer Sauce
|Bethy Rossos Age: 28|
Hometown: Estacada, OR Occupation: High School P.E. Teacher
Lamb Dish: Lamb Osso Bucco, Parsnip and Cauliflower Purée, Beets and Gruyère Popover
|Howard Simpson Age: 26|
Hometown: San Diego, CA Occupation: Barback
Lamb Dish: Lamb Frittata with Cranberry Lime Relish
|Savannah Sturgess Age: 27|
Hometown: San Diego, CA Occupation: Special Ed. Teacher
Lamb Dish: Lamb Loin Chop with Saffron Risotto and Artichoke Tomato Salad
Later this season, the finalists will prepare a hearty meal for American heroes, travel to Las Vegas for the first time in MASTERCHEF history, cook for the cast and crew of GLEE, prepare beach-friendly fish tacos for 101 surfers, take command of a renowned fine dining restaurant and create a summer party menu for charity volunteers. As the competition intensifies, the pressure will mount as the home cooks compete for the coveted title of MASTERCHEF, a cookbook deal and the $250,000 grand prize.
MASTERCHEF is produced by Shine America 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, Eden Gaha, Paul Franklin, Robin Ashbrook, Gordon Ramsay, Adeline Ramage Rooney, Patricia Llewellyn and Ben Adler serve as executive producers.
About One Potato Two Potato:
One Potato Two Potato (OPTP) was co-founded by Gordon Ramsay and Optomen Television in 2008 to exclusively create and produce worldwide content for Ramsay ventures across all media, including television, digital and publishing. Renowned for award-winning original programming, the company produces high-quality TV shows on both sides of the Atlantic, including the smash-hit HOTEL HELL, which was the highest-rated new network show of summer 2012 (OPTP is now in pre-production on Season Two); and four seasons of MASTERCHEF, all for FOX; “Food Court Wars” for Food Network; massive U.K. hit “Gordon Ramsay Behind Bars” and “Gordon’s Great Escape” for Channel 4; and “My Kitchen” for UKTV’s Good Food Channel. Ramsay’s groundbreaking Channel 4 series, “Cookalong Live,” aired as a special on FOX and has since become a successful format around the world. OPTP is also currently in development on several exciting unscripted and scripted projects, within and beyond the food genre, for network, cable and digital platforms in the U.S., U.K. and Australia. OPTP distributes its hugely popular TV programming and formats to more than 200 territories via Optomen International. The company became part of the All3Media group in 2010. Find out more about One Potato Two Potato at www.onepotatotwopotato.tv.
About Shine America:
Shine America is a world leader in producing and distributing compelling scripted and unscripted television and digital content. Shine America is known for popular and award-winning original series, including “The Biggest Loser” and “The Face”; as well as adaptations of Shine Group formats, such as MASTERCHEF and “Minute to Win It”; and scripted series, including “The Office” and the upcoming FX drama “The Bridge.” Shine America has development deals with some of the top producers in television, including Nigel Lythgoe (Nigel Lythgoe Productions) and its own unscripted format label in Ardaban, led by the creators of the hit Food Network series, “Chopped.” Shine Latino, a new division of Shine America, is producing and distributing original Spanish-language content to the U.S. and Latin American marketplaces.
The global Shine 360? division builds brands through the leveraging of its intellectual property and by creating integrated marketing opportunities for advertisers. The company has also developed more than 20 groundbreaking original online series on MSN, Yahoo!, YouTube premium channels and other platforms, many produced in partnership with global brands such as Walmart, Toyota, Kraft Foods, Subway and Microsoft. Through Shine Group’s distribution arm, Shine International, Shine America distributes its extensive library of programming and formats to more than 150 countries. Visit www.shineamerica.com for further information.