Youngstown, Columbus and Wilmington are represented. The official word: The competition continues on Monday, June 2 (8:00-9:00 PM ET/PT) on FOX, as the Top Finalists face their first mystery box challenge of the season. The contestants will have 90 minutes to cook a unique and impressive dish using mainly dessert ingredients including chocolate, bananas, strawberries, blueberries, brandy, ladyfingers, extracts, honey and ground coffee. The winner of the mystery box challenge will have a significant advantage in the next round and determine which classic American dishes the remaining contestants will have to prepare in the elimination round. At the end of the episode, the MASTERCHEF journey will end for two home cooks.



 



Below are the Top Finalists and the signature dish that earned them a MASTERCHEF apron:



 





FRANCIS BIONDI                           Age: 25          



Hometown: Orlando, FL                Occupation: Server



Signature Dish: Crusted Halibut Cheeks on Moroccan Chickpea Ragu



 



Facebook: www.facebook.com/MC5FrancisB



Twitter: @MC5FrancisB



Link: YouTube / Embeddable





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WHITNEY BRAY                            Age: 28       



Hometown: Columbus, OH            Occupation: Call Center Representative



Signature Dish: Braised Pork Belly with Mustard Greens, Banana Mustard and Fingerling Potatoes



 



Facebook: www.facebook.com/MC5Whitney



Twitter: @MC5Whitney



Link: YouTube / Embeddable





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CUTTER BREWER                         Age: 33



Hometown: Beaumont, TX             Occupation: Petroleum Landman



Signature Dish: Venison Backstrap Lollipops with Fruit Chutney or Whiskey Gravy, Potato Salad



 



Facebook: www.facebook.com/MC5Cutter  



Twitter: @MC5Cutter



Link: YouTube / Embeddable





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ELIZABETH CAUVEL                      Age: 31      



Hometown: Brooklyn, NY               Occupation: Advertising Executive  



Signature Dish: Peanut Butter Bread Pudding with Mixed Berry Compote



 



Facebook: www.facebook.com/MC5Elizabeth



Twitter: @MC5Elizabeth



Link: YouTube / Embeddable 





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AHRAN CHO                                   Age: 18



Hometown: Palo Alto, CA               Occupation: High School Student 



Signature Dish: Korean Garlic Soy Fried Chicken



 



Facebook: www.facebook.com/MC5Ahran



Twitter: @MC5Ahran    



Link: YouTube / Embeddable





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LESLIE GILLIAMS                          Age: 56     



Hometown: Malibu, CA                   Occupation: Stay-At-Home Dad      



Signature Dish: Broiled Salmon with Citrus Glaze over Sautéed Spinach



 



Facebook: www.facebook.com/MC5Leslie 



Twitter: @MC5Leslie



Link: YouTube / Embeddable





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CHRISTIAN GREEN                        Age: 29



Hometown: New Orleans, LA           Occupation: Sales Representative



Signature Dish: Macadamia Crusted Chicken, Garlic Mash, with Two Signature Sauces



 



Facebook: www.facebook.com/MC5Christian



Twitter: @MC5Christian    



Link: YouTube / Embeddable





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GORDON HOUSTON                       Age: 30     



Hometown: Irvine, CA                       Occupation: Law School Graduate



Signature Dish: Sea Urchin Risotto



 



Facebook: www.facebook.com/MC5Gordon 



Twitter: @MC5Gordon   



Link: YouTube / Embeddable





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JORDAN KAMINSKI                         Age: 19     



Hometown: Muskego, WI                Occupation: College Student



Signature Dish: Seared Scallops with Sautéed Leeks, Crispy Chorizo and Coconut Cilantro Sauce



 



Facebook: www.facebook.com/MC5Jordan



Twitter: @MC5Jordan    



Link: YouTube / Embeddable





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COURTNEY LAPRESI                     Age: 25     



Hometown: Philadelphia, PA           Occupation: Aerial Dancer  



Signature Dish: Ricotta Gnocchi in a Brown Butter Sage Sauce



 



Facebook: www.facebook.com/MC5Courtney 



Twitter: @MC5CourtneyL    



Link: YouTube / Embeddable





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ASTRID LAVENIA                            Age: 41     



Hometown: Mandeville, LA              Occupation: Food Sales



Signature Dish: Coriander Crusted Shrimp with Duckfat Potato, Smoky Lardons with Jalapeno Emulsion



 



Facebook: www.facebook.com/MC5Astrid



Twitter: www.twitter.com/MC5Astrid    



Link: YouTube / Embeddable





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FRANCIS LEGGE                            Age: 34     



Hometown: New York, NY               Occupation: Music Video Director    



Signature Dish: Crazy Caprese Salad



 



Facebook: www.facebook.com/MC5FrancisL



Twitter: @MC5FrancisL   



Link: YouTube / Embeddable





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ELISE MAYFIELD                            Age: 28     



Hometown: Birmingham, AL            Occupation: e-Learning Administrator



Signature Dish: Blueberry Goat Cheese Hand Pies with Whipped Cream and Almond Brittle



 



Facebook: www.facebook.com/MC5Elise



Twitter: @MC5Elise  



Link: YouTube / Embeddable





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DANIEL McGUFFEY                        Age: 32     



Hometown: Los Angeles, CA           Occupation: Video Game Designer 



Signature Dish: Deerly Beloved (Venison Tartar with Quail Egg and Tempura Okra)



 



Facebook: www.facebook.com/MC5Daniel



Twitter: @MC5Daniel    



Link: YouTube / Embeddable





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WILLIE MIKE                                   Age: 25



Hometown: Houston, TX                  Occupation: Church Music Director



Signature Dish: White Wine Apricot Chicken, Almond Rice Pilaf and Cinnamon Roasted Carrots



 



Facebook: www.facebook.com/MC5Willie 



Twitter: @MC5Willie   



Link: YouTube / Embeddable





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KIRA NOVAK                                   Age: 31



Hometown: Youngstown, OH           Occupation: Medical Recruiter



Signature Dish: Herbed Goat Cheese Crusted Steak with Roasted Habanero Red Pepper Sauce and garlic Cauliflower Puree



 



Facebook: www.facebook.com/MC5Kira



Twitter: @MC5Kira    



Link: YouTube / Embeddable





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VICTORIA SCROGGINS                     Age: 35



Hometown: San Angelo, TX              Occupation: Bartender



Signature Dish: Roasted Goat Heart with Parsnip, Celeriac and Pickled Beets



 



Facebook: www.facebook.com/MC5Victoria 



Twitter: @MC5Victoria    



Link: YouTube / Embeddable





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CHRISTINE SILVERSTEIN               Age: 31     



Hometown: Yonkers, NY                 Occupation: Investment Director



Signature Dish: Wild Boar Meatballs with Squash and Chestnut Radicchio Salad



 



Facebook: www.facebook.com/MC5Christine 



Twitter: @MC5Christine   



Link: YouTube / Embeddable





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STEPHANI SYFAX-SHEPHERD      Age: 25      



Hometown: Detroit, MI                    Occupation: Server



Signature Dish: Lobster Polenta with Corne Maque Choux and Rose Beurre Monte Shellfish



 



Facebook: www.facebook.com/MC5Stephani 



Twitter: @MC5Stephani   



Link: YouTube / Embeddable





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TYLER VIARS                                 Age: 27     



Hometown: Wilmington, OH             Occupation: Hunting Sales Manager



Signature Dish: Venison Chimichurri with Fried Potatoes



 



Facebook: www.facebook.com/MC5Tyler



Twitter: @MC5Tyler    



Link: YouTube / Embeddable





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JAIMEE VITOLO                              Age: 23    



Hometown: Queens, NY                  Occupation: Bakery Assistant 



Signature Dish: Peanut Butter and Banana Elvis Cream Puffs with Bacon



 



Facebook: www.facebook.com/MC5Jaimee



Twitter: @MC5Jaimee    



Link: YouTube / Embeddable





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DAN WU                                          Age: 39     



Hometown: Lexington, KY               Occupation: Unemployed 



Signature Dish: Home Alone (and All Grown) Ramen with Sriracha Pickled Peaches



 



Facebook: www.facebook.com/MC5Dan



Twitter: @MC5Dan



Link: YouTube / Embeddable



 



Later this season, the home cooks will prepare a hearty meal for more than 500 servicemen and women on an army base in the biggest field challenge in MASTERCHEF history. Then, the hopefuls will hit the beach to prepare an unforgettable two-course meal for a summer wedding, visit a local diner to prepare American classics, cook a romantic dinner for couples on date night at the MASTERCHEF restaurant, serve game-day favorites for hungry football fans and take command of a legendary Hollywood restaurant. With each new challenge, 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 the 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.



 



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