MasterChef US Season 6 Contestants Where Are They Now?

MasterChef US Season 6

MasterChef US features judges Gordon Ramsay, Graham Elliott and Christina Tosi 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 6 aired May 20 to September 16, 2015 on Fox Network, there were 22 contestants and the prize for the winner was $250,000, their own cookbook and a MasterChef trophy.


Ailsa von Dobeneck Ailsa von Dobeneck was a Assistant Railroad Manager from Norfolk, Virginia. She was eliminated in MasterChef season 6 episode 6 after serving a cold steak in a pressure test against Christopher.

After MasterChef, Ailsa returned to her previous company as a Government Relations Manager before moving to New Orleans where she worked in Public Affairs at the Port. She was Director of External Affairs at New Orleans Public Belt Railroad and as of June 2019, is Assistant Vice President at Watco Companies LLC. She is also a food blogger at The Curious Taste Bud.


Amanda Saab Amanda Saab was a Social Worker from Seattle, Washington. She was eliminated in MasterChef season 6 episode 8 after her triple layer birthday cake landed her in the bottom three.

After MasterChef, Amanda opened a bakery called Butter Bear Shop, is a food blogger posting recipes at Amanda's Plate and she organises Dinner With Your Muslim Neighbor dinner parties.


Brianna Watson Brianna Watson was a Hairstylist from Worcester, Massachusetts. She was eliminated in MasterChef season 6 episode 3 after her apple pie landed her in the bottom three.

After MasterChef, she worked for the Seven Hills Foundation and planned to open a food truck.


Charlie Chapman Charlie Chapman was a HVAC Technician from New Orleans, Louisiana. He was eliminated in MasterChef season 6 episode 8 after his three tier birthday cake left him in the bottom three.

After MasterChef, Charlie appears to have returned to his previous career.


Christopher Lu Christopher Lu was a Restaurant Manager from Los Angeles, California. He was eliminated in MasterChef season 6 episode 12 after a gnocchi pressure test landed him in the bottom two.

After MasterChef, Christopher started to work at Freddy Small's Bar and Kitchen in LA.


Claudia Sandoval Claudia Sandoval was an Events Manager from La Mesa, California. She was the MasterChef season 6 winner due to her three course Mexican meal impressing the judge in the final.

After MasterChef, Claudia released cookbook "Claudia's Cocina: A Taste of Mexico", launched catering business Claudia's Cocina, has been a brand ambassador for large brands, hosted cookery classes and online cookery classes with other MasterChef winners. Claudia became a judge on MasterChef Latino and plans to open El Cochi Dorado, a Mexican Bakery in June 2020.


Dan Collado Dan Collado was an Engineer and Model from Lexington, Kentucky. He left MasterChef in episode 6 for personal reasons.

After MasterChef, Dan continues to model, works in engineering sales and offers private chef services with his company DRC Private Dining.


Darah Carattini Darah Carattini was an Amusement Park Guide from Irvine, California. She was eliminated in MasterChef season 6 episode 4 after a cinnamon roll elimination challenge.

After MasterChef, Darah continued to vlog until 2015 and did a number of modelling jobs. She currently sells clothing on Poshmark.


Derrick Peltz Derrick Peltz was a Drummer from Fort Myers, Florida. He was the MasterChef season 6 runner up.

After MasterChef, Derrick got married and took his wifes surname and is now Derrick Fox. He helped open a restaurant in LA and has done a number of pop up dining events across the USA. He was in talks for a reality tv show, has a range of online merchandise and offers private chef services.


Hetal Vasavada Hetal Vasavada was a Startup Developer from Bloomfield, New Jersey. She was eliminated in MasterChef season 6 episode 16 after a pressure test of cooking the judges favourite pasta dishes.

After MasterChef, Hetal is a Digital Marketing Manager at Humphry Slocombe. She is also a freelance recipe developer, writer, digital marketer, food photographer and a food blogger at Milk and Cardamom. In 2019, she released her cook book Milk & Cardamom and did a book tour promoting the release.


Jesse Romero Jesse Romero was a Petroleum Landman from Baton Rouge, Louisiana. He was eliminated in MasterChef season 6 episode 7 after his TV dinner failed to impress the judges and landed him in the bottom three.

After MasterChef, Jesse opened Robear Ln, a food both at White Star Market. He later became Executive Chef at The Gulf restaurant.


Justin Banister Justin Banister was a High School Student from New Caney, Texas. He was eliminated in MasterChef season 6 episode 5 after his corn dish landed him in the bottom three.

After MasterChef, Justin is a chef at Jasper's The Woodlands.


Katrina Kozar Katrina Kozar was an Administrative Assistant from Milwaukee, Wisconsin. She was eliminated in MasterChef season 6 episode 17 after landing in the bottom two after an ingredient basket challenge.

After MasterChef, Katrina started private chef company Katrina's Kitchen offering private dinner parties, cookery events, cooking classes and she also sold her homemade mustard online.


Kerry Prince Kerry Prince was a Human Resources Rep from Greensboro, North Carolina. He was eliminated in MasterChef season 6 episode 9 after a Beef Wellington elimination challenge landed him in the bottom three.

After MasterChef, Kerry is a private chef who also does catering and consulting and he wrote book Kerry In The Kitchen Presents: Agrimony to Yucca: Intro To Medicinal Herbs.


Mateo McConnell Mateo McConnell was a High School Teacher from Atlanta, Georgia. He was eliminated in MasterChef season 6 episode 3 after his ginger, cardamon and salted caramel apple pie landed him in the bottom two.

After MasterChef, Mateo returned to his previous career as a teacher and regularly posts food pics on social media.


Shelly Flash Shelly Flash was a Kitchen Assistant from Brooklyn, New York. She was eliminated in MasterChef season 6 episode 13 after her chicken and waffles landed her in the bottom two.

After MasterChef, Shelly was an Executive Sous Chef in the Upper East Side and cooked at James Beard House before becoming a Chef Instructor in Brooklyn. She is co-owner of Two Girls & a Cookshop, serving Jamaican Tacos and street food in pop up events in New York.


Nick Nappi Nick Nappi was a Dishwasher Sales Rep from San Diego, California. He was eliminated in MasterChef season 6 episode 18 after a chocolate cake cook off with Claudia.

After MasterChef, Nick was Executive Chef at Bar One until March 2018. He is currently a Chef at LOLA 55 and owns catering company, On the Fly Catering, where he provides event catering services, private chef services and sells home made chicken broth.


Olivia Crouppen Olivia Crouppen was a Fashion Stylist from Thousand Oaks, California. She was eliminated in MasterChef season 6 episode 14 after a cows head challenge left her in the bottom three.

After MasterChef, Olivia initially returned to her previous job role before becoming a Food stylist and culinary producer. She is also a holistic Private Chef and was host of a live stream cooking show on nom.com.


Sara Zacek Sara Zacek was a Mobile Home Park Manager from Baileys Harbor, Wisconsin. She was eliminated in MasterChef season 6 episode 10 after her blueberry pie landed her in the bottom three.

After MasterChef, Sara returned to her pie company Harbor Pie Company, where she makes pies to order and provides pies to local businesses.


Stephen Lee Stephen Lee was a Urban Gardener from Palm Springs, California. He was eliminated in MasterChef season 6 episode 19 after a three dish cook off against Claudia.

After MasterChef, Stephen is an Urban Farmer, Private Chef and has done a number of guest chef appearances and dining events.


Tommy Walton Tommy Walton was a Fashion Designer from Chicago, Illinois. He was eliminated in MasterChef season 6 episode 15 after a tag team summer platter challenge with Katrina.

After MasterChef, Tommy regularly appears on cookery segments on a local tv station, is a teacher, designer and a brand ambassador for Daelmans.


Veronica Cili Veronica Cili was a Beauty Consultant from Key West, Florida. She was eliminated in MasterChef season 6 episode 7 after a TV dinner elimination challenge.

After MasterChef, Veronica still continues to bake but no further info on whether she is baking professionally, email me if you have any further info.


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This post was last updated in September 2019.


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