MasterChef US Season 5 Contestants Where Are They Now?

MasterChef US Season 5 contestants

MasterChef US season 5 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.

Ahran Cho Ahran Cho was a High School Student from Palo Alto, California. She was eliminated in MasterChef season 5 episode 12 after a pressure test of three prawn dishes.

After MasterChef, Ahran returned to her career as a Head Hostess at Sundance The Steakhouse before becoming a Programmatic Strategy Intern at an ad tech company. She returned to college in 2017 to study Mass communications and is currently a PR assistant. She regularly posts her home bakes on her instagram account.


Astrid Lavenia Astrid Lavenia was a Food Sales Rep from Mandeville, Louisiana. She was eliminated in MasterChef season 5 episode 2 after she served a raw dessert for the mystery box challenge.

After MasterChef, Astrid is a DSR at Ben E. Keith Foods in New Orleans.


Christian Green Christian Green was a Sales Rep from New Orleans, Louisiana. He was eliminated in MasterChef season 5 episode 16 after an offal elimination challenge landed him in the bottom two.

After MasterChef, Christian became a private chef and he also does catering and private events. He also makes and sells food seasoning in his online shop.


Christine Silverstein Christine Silverstein was an Investment Director from Yonkers, New York. She was eliminated in MasterChef season 5 episode 10 after her chocolate truffles landed her in the bottom two.

After MasterChef, Christine was Head of Investor Relations at Relamada and Director at Urbani Truffle Lab NYC before becoming Chief Financial Officer 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 MasterChef, Courtney 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 in MasterChef season 5 episode 8 after his red velvet cake landed him in the bottom two.

After MasterChef, Dan had a weekly food radio show and was selling his ramen at food markets before he opened restaurant Atomic Ramen in 2017 with help from a successful kick starter campaign raising $17,000. Reviews are excellent and photos of the food look delicious.


Daniel McGuffey Daniel McGuffey was a Former Video Game Designer from Los Angeles, California. He was eliminated in MasterChef season 5 episode 13 after a cheese souffle elimination challenge.

After MasterChef, Daniel 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 in MasterChef season 5 episode 9 after landing in the bottom two in the mystery box challenge.

After MasterChef, Elise 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, has a baking show on YouTube. She is a Development Manager at a theatre company and has appeared on stage in a number of theatrical productions.


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

After MasterChef, Elizabeth 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 in MasterChef season 5 episode 7 after his spring rolls failed to impress the judges.

After MasterChef, Francis 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 MasterChef season 5 episode 11 after his stuffed pasta dish landed him in the bottom three.

After MasterChef, Francis was Executive Chef at Gossip Coffee before becoming Executive Chef and Owner at both Sugar and Water and The Choux Shop. He appeared on Chopped season 5 and is a producer and director at ScottishFrancis Films.


Gordon Houston Gordon Houston was a Law Student from Irvine, California. He withdrew from MasterChef season 5 episode 4 due to illness.

After MasterChef, Gordon did a number of cookery classes and took his bar exam. He was a law clerk for a number of attorneys 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 MasterChef season 5 episode 15 after her croquembouche landed her in the bottom two.

After MasterChef, Jaimee 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 MasterChef season 5 episode 5 after his steak frites dish landed him in the bottom two.

After MasterChef, Jordan 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 MasterChef season 5 episode 17 after losing to Leslie in a pressure test.

After MasterChef, Cutter 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. He currently offers private chef services.


Kira Novak Kira Novak was a Medical Recruiter from Youngstown, Ohio. She was eliminated in MasterChef season 5 episode 4 after her donuts landed her in the bottom three.

After MasterChef, Kira 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 currently offers personal chef services with her company Cooking By Design.


Leslie Gilliams Leslie Gilliams was a Stay-at-home Dad from Malibu, California. He was eliminated in MasterChef season 5 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 MasterChef season 5 episode 3 after her blueberry pie landed her in the bottom three.

After MasterChef, Stephani 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 MasterChef season 5 episode 6 after being disqualified for mistakenly serving one of Jaimee's Pannacotta dishes rather than his own.

After MasterChef, Tyler 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 MasterChef season 5 episode 12 after her prawn pressure test landed her in the bottom three.

After MasterChef, Victoria 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 MasterChef season 5 episode 2 after a meatloaf challenge.

After MasterChef, Whitney 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 MasterChef season 5 episode 14 after his dim sum dishes landed him in the bottom two.

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


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This post was last updated in July 2019.


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