MasterChef US Season 2 Contestants Where Are They Now?

MasterChef US Season 2 contestants

MasterChef US season 2 features 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 the judges being sent home.

MasterChef US Season 2 aired June 06 to August 16, 2011 on Fox Network, there were 18 contestants and the prize for the winner was $250,000, their own cookbook and a MasterChef trophy.

Adrien Nieto Adrien Nieto was a server from Ventura, California. He was runner up in MasterChef season 2 after beating Jennifer in the earlier challenges in the finale.

After MasterChef, Adrien did a number of cookery events, demonstrations and appearances at local restaurants and pop up kitchens. He was a Chef at Frank Underground, owned by Jennie Kelley and Ben Starr.


Alejandra Schrader Alejandra Schrader was an Architect/Urban Planner from HPlaya del Rey, California She eliminated in MasterChef season 2 episode 13 after her eggs benedict landed her in the bottom three.

After MasterChef, Alejandra became a private chef offering cookery classes and catering for small functions/parties. She has appeared on a number of cookery segments on a number of tv channels.


Alvin Schultz Alvin Schultz was a Retail Manager from Houston, Texas. He was eliminated in MasterChef season 2 episode 7 after his deep fried coffee and donuts dish failed to impress.

After MasterChef, Alvin offers cookery services with his company Eat.Drink.EXPERIENCE! and is also a restaurant consultant.


Angel Moore-Soukkay Angel Moore-Soukkay was a Property Manager from Columbus, Ohio. She was eliminated in MasterChef season 2 episode 5 after her fruit tart and custard dish wasn't able to be served.

After MasterChef, Angel did a number of live cookery events and YouTube videos.


Tony Scruggs Tony Scruggs was a Trucker from Grant Park, Illinois. He was eliminated in MasterChef season 2 episode 6 after his ravioli failed to impress.

After MasterChef, Tony briefly ran a catering company specialising in barbecue foods before opening his own restaurant Old Crow Smokehouse in 2013.


Ben Starr Ben Starr was a Travel Writer from Dallas, Texas. He was eliminated in MasterChef season 2 episode 17 after he overcooked his venison dish but was praised by Gordon.

After MasterChef, an article was published claiming that Ben had called the show was fake, when his intention was to remind people not to judge contestants based on edited footage. He is an avid food blogger and owns restaurant Frank Underground alongside fellow season 2 contestant Jennie Kelley, Frank is closing/going on hiatus in July 2019.


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Christian Collins Christian Collins was a Stay at Home Dad from Gloucester, Massachusetts. He was eliminated in MasterChef season 2 episode 19 after his veal dish failed to impress the judges.

After MasterChef, Christian did a number of cookery events including hosting the Culinary Fight Club in Boston and launched a catering business.


Christine Corley Christine Corley was a Single Mum from Sopchoppy, Florida. She was eliminated in MasterChef season 2 episode 15 after her tomato soup and grilled goats cheese sandwich failed to impress the judges.

After MasterChef, Christine was a line chef before launching her own private chef services business. She returned to College to study for a Criminal Justice/Corrections degree. In June 2019, she was diagnosed with cirrhosis of the liver, please consider donating to her GoFund me page to help with medical expenses.


Derrick Prince Derrick Prince was a Web Designer and blogger from West Babylon, New York. He was eliminated in MasterChef season 2 episode 15 after his tomato soup and cheese toastie dish was deemed too simple by Gordon.

After MasterChef, Derrick continued to write recipes on his blog and was ‎Chef de Cuisine at The Stanton Social. He is currently Chef de Cuisine at VANDAL in New York.


Erryn Cobb Erryn Cobb worked in PR and was from Chicago, Illinois. He was eliminated in MasterChef season 2 episode 11 after he over burnt the steak during a challenge involving truffles.

After MasterChef, Erryn returned to being CEO and Co-owner of Fetch Public Relations LLC.


Esther Kang Esther Kang was a Lawyer from Los Angeles, California. She was eliminated in MasterChef season 2 episode 10 after she failing to impress with baking tasks during a cocktail party challenge.

After MasterChef, Esther returned to her legal career and is currently SVP of Business and Legal Affairs at Lionsgate.


Giuseppe Morisco Giuseppe Morisco was a Salesman from Chicago, Illinois. He was eliminated in MasterChef season 2 episode 12 after he under cooked his eggs in an Eggs Benedict challenge but received high praise from Gordon.

After MasterChef, Giuseppe launched his own private chef company and for a cooking holiday company Food Lover Retreats. He opened his own restaurant Morisco Ristorante Italiano in Davao City with excellent reviews but closed within a year. He is currently living in Costa Rica.


Jennie Kelley Jennie Kelley was a musician from Dallas, Texas. She was eliminated in MasterChef season 2 episode 9 after failing to impress after an elimination challenge which saw them cooking a dish from Whitney's cookbook.

After MasterChef, Jennie opened Frank Underground, a private dining experience with fellow contestant Ben Starr which is closing/going on hiatus from July 2019 and is a food blogger at The Perfect Bite.


Jennifer Behm Jennifer Behm was a Realtor from Wilmington, Delaware. She was the MasterChef Season 2 winner after her three course dinner consisting of scallops, quail and a poached pear impressed the judges.

After MasterChef, Jennifer did a number of cookery events/demonstrations, started her own catering company Pink Martini Catering and runs restaurant Red Fin Crudo with her husband Julio. She appeared in MasterChef season 10 alongside other past winners.


Mark Raffaelli Mark Raffaelli was a Realtor from Chicago, Illinois. He was eliminated in MasterChef season 2 episode 5 after there was raw flour in his mashed potato.

After MasterChef, Mark returned to his previous career in realty and is currently a real estate agent at Compass.




Max Kramer Max Kramer was a College Student from New York City. He was eliminated in MasterChef season 2 episode 8 after a pressure test of cooking steak three different ways - rare, medium and well done.

After MasterChef, Max returned to college and was photographed in 2017 alongside Donald Trump at his golf club.


Suzy Singh Suzy Singh was a Neural Engineer from Chicago, Illinois. She was eliminated in MasterChef season 2 episode 18 after her lemon meringue pie failed to impress the judges.

After MasterChef, Suzy started her own private chef and food consultancy business and in 2013 she became Research and Development Corporate Chef at NOW Foods.


Tracy Kontos Tracy Kontos was a Sales Consultant from Coral Springs, Florida. She was eliminated in MasterChef season 2 episode 16 after she failed to prepare and cook a whole salmon but was praised by Gordon and promised some culinary training.

After MasterChef, Tracy interned at a number of prestigious restaurants before starting her own catering company and WILFS, a community for women in the food industry. She is currently a Private Chef in the LA area offering cookery classes, dining experiences and more.


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This post was last updated in July 2019.


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