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MasterChef US Season 7 Contestants Where Are They Now?

MasterChef US Season 7

MasterChef US season 7 features MasterChef judges Gordon Ramsay, Christina Tosi and a number of guest judges including Aarón Sanchez 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 7 aired June 01 to September 14, 2016 on Fox Network, there were 20 contestants and the prize for the winner was $250,000, their own cookbook and a MasterChef trophy.


Alejandro Toro Alejandro Toro was a Voice Over Artist from Miami, Florida. He was eliminated in MasterChef season 7 episode 9 after his triple layer birthday cake landed him in the bottom three.

After MasterChef, Alejandro is a film maker, photographer, host and voice over artist, best known for the voice over on Spanish Southpark episodes. He is also a vlogger and has done a number of cookery events. He is a producer and has his own company Toro Productions and has two programmes syndicated on Amazon Prime.


Andrea Galan Andrea Galan was a Student from Miami, Florida. She was eliminated in MasterChef season 7 episode 10 after being disqualified from a sausage making pressure test for serving her sausages seconds too late.

After MasterChef, Andrea briefly returned to her role in talent scouting. She later moved to Barcelona and was a Stagier at ABAC Restaurant, a restaurant with three Michelin stars. She appeared on Chopped season 24 episode 9 and was the winner of the episode.


Barbara Savage Barbara Savage was a Investigator from Denver, Colorado. She was eliminated in MasterChef season 7 episode 4 after landing in the bottom five during the MasterChef special wedding episode.

After MasterChef, Barbara was a Pasta Chef briefly but due to a wheat allergy had to leave the position. She runs her own catering business and teaches cookery classes at Wholefoods.


Brandi Mudd Brandi Mudd was an Elementary School Teacher from Irvington, Kentucky. She was a MasterChef season 7 runner up.

After MasterChef, Brandi quit teaching to be a part of the MasterChef cruise, where she was champion and she also appeared at MasterChef Camp. She started catering business Southern Flair with Chef Brandi.


Brittany Craig Brittany Craig was a Server from New Hartford, New York. She was eliminated in MasterChef season 7 episode 5 after landing in the bottom three of a pie elimination challenge.

After MasterChef, Brittany offered private dining experiences and was a dog sitter. She is also an amateur power lifter.


Cassie Peterson Cassie Peterson was a Bakery Clerk from Clear Lake, Iowa. She was eliminated in MasterChef season 7 episode 3 after a potato themed Mystery Box challenge.

After MasterChef, Cassie launched Nameless Gourmet, a catering and meal delivery company Gourmet To-Go. In August 2017, she opened Bread & Buttercrème in Clear Lake, Iowa but this closed in July 2019.


DAndre Balaoing D'Andre Balaoing was an Engineer and Model from Lexington, Kentucky. He was eliminated in MasterChef season 7 episode 8 after an offal elimination challenge saw him in the bottom three.

After MasterChef, D'Andre is a Pastry Chef at Scarpetta in Las Vegas and on the Street Team for True Cooks, a chef wear company. In 2020, he was a chef for Virgin Voyages, Richard Branson's cruise line.


Dan Paustian Dan Paustian was a Server from Charlotte, North Carolina. He was eliminated in MasterChef season 7 episode 16 after an ingredient swap during an elimination challenge lands him in the bottom two.

After MasterChef, Dan is Head Chef/Owner at Flavor City Catering. He is also an actor, TV writer, comedian and food vlogger.


David Williams David Williams was a Professional Poker Player from Las Vegas, Nevada. He was a MasterChef season 7 runner up.

After MasterChef, David returned to his previous career as a professional poker player.


Diamond Alexander Diamond Alexander was a Web Designer from San Diego, California. She was eliminated in MasterChef season 7 episode 11 after a Korean bibimbap elimination challenge landed her in the bottom three.

After MasterChef, Diamond returned to her previous career as a web designer and is also a blogger. She is currently a Product Designer at AdvicePay.


Diana Bilow Diana Bilow was a Server from Plainfield, Illinois. She was eliminated in MasterChef season 7 episode 8 after an offal elimination challenge landed her in the bottom three.

After MasterChef, Diana is a Personal Chef. She was also a dog walker and offered private dining experiences.


Manny Washington Jr Manny Washington Jr was a Fireman from Orlando, Florida. He was eliminated in MasterChef season 7 episode 7 after a fried chicken pressure test landed him in the bottom three.

After MasterChef, Manny is still a fireman and offers Private Chef services, pop up dinners and cooking classes. He appeared on Food Network Star season 14 where he finished in third place.


Eric Howard Eric Howard was a Fireman from Queens, New York. He was eliminated in MasterChef season 7 episode 13 after a three part skills test saw him pitted against Katie in a gnocchi cook off.

After MasterChef, Eric returned to his career as Fireman and was a chef at Gramercy Ale House NYC. He appeared on the Food Network show The Ultimate Thanksgiving Challenge where he finished in third place. He is currently a food consultant and private chef offering private dining experiences and events.


Katie Dixon Katie Dixon was a Fitness Trainer/Retail Associate from Hattiesburg, Mississippi. She was eliminated in MasterChef season 7 episode 15 after a three chocolate dessert challenger landed her in the bottom three.

After MasterChef, Katie appeared on Food Network Star, is a private chef, Precision Nutrition Coach and personal trainer. She opened her own restaurant in Hattiesberg called Birdhouse Café and reviews are positive.


Lisa-Ann Marchesi Lisa-Ann Marchesi was a Insurance Manager from Gillette, New Jersey. She was eliminated in MasterChef season 7 episode 6 after a lobster tortellini elimination challenge landed her in the bottom two.

After MasterChef, Lisa-Ann initially returned to her previous career as a teacher and regularly posted food pics on social media. In 2018, she started a company selling olive oil called Bella D’ Oliva and is currently Vice President of P&C at NFP.


Nathan Barnhouse Nathan Barnhouse was a Tuxedo Salesman from Slippery Rock, Pennsylvania. He was eliminated in MasterChef season 7 episode 14 after a picnic basket tag team challenge lands him in the bottom two.

After MasterChef, Nathan returned to college to complete a degree in Theatre and has had parts in local shows.


Shaun O'Neale Shaun O'Neale was a DJ from Las Vegas, Nevada. Shaun was the MasterChef season 7 winner due to his halibut, venison and pear dishes impressing the judges.

After MasterChef, Shaun released cookbook "My Modern American Table: Recipes for Inspired Home Cooks", has hosted a number of pop up dining events, cookery demonstrations and hosted online cookery classes with other MasterChef winners.


Tanorria Askew Tanorria Askew was a Credit Union Coordinator from Chattanooga, Tennessee. She was eliminated in MasterChef season 7 episode 17 after a three pork dish cook off with David.

After MasterChef, Tanorria quit her day job and the publicity allowed her to take private chef company Tanorria's Table full time. She also took part in MasterChef Camp and appears on local television cookery segments in Indiana.


Terry Mueller Terry Mueller was a Handyman from Long Island, New York. He was eliminated in MasterChef season 7 episode 12 after a canned salmon dish landed him in the bottom two.

After MasterChef, Terry returned to his previous role as a contractor and did a number of cookery events.


Bill Travers Bill Travers was Retired and from Pauma Valley, California. He was eliminated in MasterChef season 7 episode 3 after being in the bottom two of an elimination challenge of recreating one of Gordon's signature dishes from taste alone.

After MasterChef, Bill appears to have returned to enjoying his retirement.


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This post was last updated in March 2020.


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