Tuesday, 4 September 2018

MasterChef US Season 5 Contestants Where Are They Now?

MasterChef US Season 5 contestants
MasterChef US features judges Gordon Ramsay, Graham Elliott and Joe Bastianich testing the culinary skills of amateur chefs from the USA with a number of challenges and dishes to prepare, with those failing to impress being sent home. 

MasterChef US Season 5 aired March 26 to September 15, 2014 on Fox Network, there were 22 contestants and the prize for the winner was $250,000, their own cookbook and a MasterChef trophy.


Adriana Guillen
Ahran Cho was a High School Student from Palo Alto, California. She was eliminated from MasterChef in episode 12 after a pressure test of three prawn dishes.

After the show, she returned to her career as a Head Hostess at Sundance The Steakhouse before becoming a Programmatic Strategy Intern at an ad tech company.




Astrid Lavenia
Astrid Lavenia was a Food Sales Rep from Mandeville, Louisiana. She was eliminated from MasterChef in episode 2 after she served a raw dessert for the mystery box challenge.

After the show, she is a DSR at Ben E. Keith Foods.





Christian Green
Christian Green was a Sales Rep from New Orleans, Louisiana. He was eliminated from MasterChef in episode 16 after an offal elimination challenge landed him in the bottom two.

After the show, he became a private chef and he also does catering and private events.



Christine Silverstein
Christine Silverstein was an Investment Director from Yonkers, New York. She was eliminated from MasterChef in episode 10 after her chocolate truffles landed her in the bottom two.

After the show, she was Head of Investor Relations at Relamada and Director at Urbani Truffle Lab NYC before becoming SVP, Finance & Investor Relations at Abeona Therapeutics. She continues to cook and is also a private chef, cooking class instructor and invests in food concepts.


Courtney Lapresi
Courtney Lapresi was a Dancer from Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. She was the MasterChef season 5 winner due to her eclectic three course meal impressing the judges.

After the show, she released cookbook "Everyday Fancy: 65 Easy, Elegant Recipes for Meals, Snacks, Sweets, and Drinks" and she now works in sales for Tesla.



Dan Wu
Dan Wu was Unemployed and from Lexington, Kentucky. He was eliminated from MasterChef in episode 8 after his red velvet cake landed him in the bottom two.

After the show, he had a weekly food radio show and was selling his food at food markets before he opened restaurant Atomic Ramen in 2017 with help from a successful kick starter campaign raising $17,000.


Daniel McGuffey
Daniel McGuffey was a Former Video Game Designer from Los Angeles, California. He was eliminated from MasterChef in episode 13 after a cheese souffle elimination challenge.

After the show, he works as a line cook in Hollywood and is an illustrator and animator.




Elise Mayfield
Elise Mayfield was an e-Learning Administrator from Birmingham, Alabama. She was eliminated from MasterChef in episode 9 after landing in the bottom two in the mystery box challenge.

After the show, she is a baker at Honey Baby Bakes, appears at food markets and is Assistant Food Stylist, Video Liaison, & Events Coordinator at the Meredith Corporation. She competed in Reality Rally in 2015.

Elizabeth Cauvel
Elizabeth Cauvel was an Advertising Executive from Brooklyn, New York. She was the MasterChef season 5 runner up.

After the show, she is Creative Director at MRY but still has a keen interest in cooking and regularly shares her creations on Instagram. She was demonstrating on the MasterChef cruise in both 2016 and 2017.


Francis Biondi
Francis Biondi was a Server from Orlando, Florida. He was eliminated from MasterChef in episode 7 after his spring rolls failed to impress the judges.

After the show, he is a professional golfer and hosts pop up dinner events.




Francis Legge
Francis Legge was a Music Video Director from New York City, New York. He was eliminated in episode 11 after his stuffed pasta dish landed him in the bottom three.

After the show, he was Executive Chef at Gossip Coffee before becoming Executive Chef and Owner at both Sugar and Water and The Choux Shop



Gordon Houston
Gordon Houston was a Law Student from Irvine, California. He withdrew from MasterChef in episode 4 due to illness.

After the show, he did a number of cookery classes and took his bar exam. He was a law clerk for a number of atttorneys and is currently a music director at a church.



Jaimee Vitolo
Jaimee Vitolo was a Bakery Assistant from Queens, New York. She was eliminated in episode 15 after her croquembouche landed her in the bottom two.

After the show, she returned to a career in baking, launching her own cake company Tiny Whisk Bakes.




Jordan Kaminski
Jordan Kaminski was a College Student from Muskego, Wisconsin. He was eliminated in episode 5 after his steak frites dish landed him in the bottom two.

After the show, he worked in catering alongside finishing his college course. He is currently a shift supervisor at Starbucks.




Cutter Brewer
Cutter Brewer was a Petroleum Landman from Beaumont, Texas. He was eliminated in episode 17 after losing to Leslie in a pressure test.

After the show, he returned to his previous career and returned to college where he gained an MBA in Business Administration. He opened Ace’s Ice & Chop House in 2015, reviews were mixed before its closure in September 2017.


Kira Novak
Kira Novak was a Medical Recruiter from Youngstown, Ohio. She was eliminated in episode 4 after her donuts landed her in the bottom three.

After the show, she returned to medical recruitment before moving to account management roles in the medical field. She is currently Director of Business Development for a building company. She also offered Personal Chef services briefly.


Leslie Gilliams
Leslie Gilliams was a Stay-at-home Dad from Malibu, California. He was eliminated in episode 18 after losing a cake cook off challenge.

After the show, he was arrested following a misunderstanding in a bar where his sister fell ill but he was not charged. He started a food blog with his daughter but only a few recipes were posted before it was no longer updated. He regularly posts food pictures on Instagram and appears to travel often.


Stephani Syfax-Shepherd
Stephani Syfax-Shepherd was a Server from Detroit, Michigan. She was eliminated in episode 3 after her blueberry pie landed her in the bottom three.

After the show, she offers private chef services, meal prep and a catering service. She was a Private chef for Cincinatti Bengals A.J. Green and has cooked for a number of celebrity clients.


Tyler Viars
Tyler Viars was a Hunting Sales Manager from Wilmington, Ohio. He was eliminated in episode 6 after being disqualified for mistakenly serving one of Jaimee's Pannacotta dishes rather than his own.

After the show, he is a Land Specialist at Whitetail Properties, launched his Cookin' in Camo brand and became a body builder and power lifter.


Victoria Scroggins
Victoria Scroggins was a Bartender from San Angelo, Texas. She was eliminated in episode 12 after her prawn pressure test landed her in the bottom three.

After the show, she has a monthly storytelling show, Tell It: Brooklyn and is a private chef, she catered an event for Lady Gaga.



Whitney Bray
Whitney Bray was a Call Center Rep from Columbus, Ohio. She was eliminated in episode 2 after a meatloaf challenge.

After the show, she is owner of W catering where she offers private chef and catering services and regularly did cookery segments on Good Day Columbus.




Willie Mike
Willie Mike was a Church Music Director from Houston, Texas. He was eliminated in episode 14 after his dim sum dishes landed him in the bottom two.

After the show, he is an Events Chef, does pop up dinners and currently has a pop up lunch service, Willie's Lunchroom.




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