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First generation Indian-American, FARHAN MOMIN (Dental Student) from Chicago, IL will participate on MASTERCHEF

First generation Indian-American, FARHAN MOMIN (Dental Student) from Chicago, IL will participate in the first-ever “Judges Do Battle” on MASTERCHEF airing June 6th (8:00-10:00 pm ET/PT) on FOX. See full contestant release below for details.

FOR THE FIRST TIME EVER,

THE JUDGES BATTLE IT OUT

ON SEASON NINE OF “MASTERCHEF,”

PREMIERING WEDNESDAY, MAY 30, ON FOX

In a MASTERCHEF First,

The Judges Choose Their Favorite Home Cooks and

Mentor Them Throughout the Season

New Batch of Home Cooks Begin Their MASTERCHEF Journey,

Including a Bus Driver, Personal Grocery Shopper, Country Singer,

Pilot, Model, Firefighter, Dishwasher and Optometrist

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/Hometown

Name

Profession

Alabama

   Slapout

Jessica Meuse

Country Singer

Arizona

 

 

    Peoria

Darrick Krause

Engineer

California

Los Angeles

S.J.

College Student

Sal Maida

Architect

San Francisco

Imani Browning

Server

Sylmar

Cynthia Smith-Allen Bey

Accounting Assistant

 

Cayman Islands 

Nik Stewart

Model

 

China 

Tianjin

Bowen Li

Pilot

 

Florida

    Miami

Shanika Patterson

Event Promoter

Sid Hoeltzell

Food Photographer

    Opa-Locka

Ashley Mincey

Professional Grocery Shopper

Georgia

    Atlanta

Camerron Dangerfield

Financial Analyst

 

Illinois

 

Chicago

Farhan Momin

Dental Student

Julia Danno

Sales Manager

 

Iowa

    Iowa City

Matt Houck

Optometrist

 

West Des Moines

Samantha Daily

College Student

 

Kentucky

Louisville

Gerron Hurt

English Teacher

 

Louisiana

Shreveport

Mark Myers Jr.

Firefighter

 

Maine

Rockport

Mark Ingraham

Dishwasher

 

Maryland

Laurel

Tye Hall Brown

Associate Professor

 

Massachusetts

Orange

Lindsay Haigh

Trial Attorney

 

Michigan

Grand Rapids

Alecia Winters

Daycare Owner

 

Nevada

Las Vegas

Jannie Lam

Cocktail Server

 

New Jersey

Cherry Hill

Stephanie Willis

Bartender

 

New York

Brooklyn

Maya Rose Lederer

Personal Assistant

Mamaroneck

Daniela Savone

ESL Teacher

Westchester

Frank Tufano

Bartender

 

North Carolina

Clayton

Hope McFarland

Health Care Administrator

Four Oaks

Jody Rhodes

Hunting Guide

Raleigh

Juni Cuevas

Disability Analyst

 

South Carolina

Columbia

Olusola Ogbomo

Bus Driver

 

South Africa 

Butterworth

Markheavens Tshuma

Retail Manager

 

Tennessee

Nashville

Mark Medlin

Business Owner

 

Texas 

Austin

Chera Lynn Little

Realtor

Houston

Cesar Cano

High School Teacher

Chelsea Sargent

Sales Specialist

Ralph Xavier Degala

Senior Accountant

Ryan Cortez

Taylor Waltmon

Drummer

Sales Training Director

San Antonio

Jason Beauchamp

Business Owner

 

Orlando Velasquez

Family & Criminal Law

 

Virginia 

Fairfax

Eric Clingan

Criminal Defense Attorney

Wisconsin

 

Neenah

Emily Hallock

Food Research Analyst

 

 

MASTERCHEF is produced by Endemol Shine North America and One Potato Two Potato, and is based on a format created by Franc Roddam and Endemol Shine. Robin Ashbrook, Elisabeth Murdoch, Georgie Hurford-Jones, Gordon Ramsay, Danny Schrader, Yasmin Shackleton, Patricia Llewellyn and Ben Adler serve as executive producers. “Like” MASTERCHEF on Facebook at facebook.com/Masterchef/. Follow the series on Twitter @MasterChefonFOX and join the discussion with #MasterChef. See photos and videos on Instagram @MasterchefonFOX. Follow the judges on Twitter: Gordon Ramsay – @gordonramsay; Aarón Sánchez – @Chef_Aaron; Joe Bastianich – @JBastianich.