MasterChef US Season 8 Contestants Where Are They Now?

MasterChef US Season 8

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 8 aired May 31 to September 20, 2017 on Fox Network, there were 20 contestants and the prize for the winner was $250,000, their own cookbook and a MasterChef trophy.


Adam Wong Adam Wong was a Harvard Student from Cambridge, Massachusetts. He was eliminated in MasterChef season 8 episode 13 after a chicken and potatoes cook off with Caitlin.

After MasterChef, Adam was an intern and later a research fellow at Niskanen Center. He currently works in regulation at Analytical Space and is also a food vlogger on Youtube.


Brien O'Brien Brien O'Brien worked in Magazine Ad Sales and was from Redding, California. He was eliminated in MasterChef season 8 episode 9 after a cannoli pressure test.

After MasterChef, Brien worked in kitchens and returned to Culinary school and vlogs about the experience. He had an intern placement at Bouchon Bistro and does pop up dining events.


Cate Meade Cate Meade was a Nutritionist from Chicago, Illinois. She was eliminated in MasterChef season 8 episode 19 after a cheese souffle skills test against Dino.

After MasterChef, Cate is a Personal Meal-Prep Chef, offers Private Dining experiences, cookery classes, seminars and a personal grocery shopping service.


Caitlin Jones Caitlin Jones was a Dancer from Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. She was eliminated in MasterChef season 8 episode 14 after a Mexican platter Team Challenge.

After MasterChef, Caitlin is a Personal Trainer, Event Caterer and a paleo food blogger.


Daniel Pontes-Macedo Daniel Pontes-Macedo was a Substitute Teacher from Medford, Massachusetts. He was eliminated in MasterChef season 8 episode 15 after a chocolate truffles challenge saw him in the bottom three.

After MasterChef, Daniel is a Private Chef, caters small events and teaches cookery classes. He is an Executive Chef at Becks's Bistro Catering.


Dino Angelo Luciano Dino Angelo Luciano was a Dancer from Bensonhurst, New York. He was the MasterChef season 8 winner due to his unique menu with a twist of traditional dishes of squid ink pasta, lamb chop and tiramisu.

After MasterChef, Dino has hosted a number of exclusive dinners and pop up dining experiences as The Gourmet Rabbit and was Executive Chef at Muse and Market in Phoenix.


Eboni Henry Eboni Henry was a Addiction Counselor from Chicago, Illinois. She was MasterChef season 8 runner up losing to Dino in the finale.

After MasterChef, Eboni is a Private chef offering private dining experiences. She features in cookery videos on Youtube with Jacoby Ponder.



Gabriel Lewis Gabriel Lewis was a Fast Food Server from Oklahoma City, Oklahoma. He was eliminated in MasterChef season 8 episode 16 after his cannelloni lands him in the bottom two. He was offered culinary training by Gordon and Aaron offers a job after his training.

After MasterChef, Gabriel took up Gordon's offer and studied at Johnson & Wales University’s Denver campus's Culinary School. He is now a Private Chef offering private dinners and events catering and is a brand ambassador for a number of brands.


Heather Dombrosky Heather Dombrosky was a Registered Nurse from Miami, Florida. She was eliminated in MasterChef season 8 episode 5 after a scrambled eggs elimination challenge landed her in the bottom two.

After MasterChef, Heather is a nurse and works for a medical tech company. She has also been a Private Chef for dinner parties and is an avid surfer.


Jason Wang Jason Wang was a High School Music Teacher from Newton, Massachusetts. He was a MasterChef season 8 runner up.

After MasterChef, Jason is a Chef, Culinary Instructor and TV host on Jason On Mission on FOX Taiwan. He is also a freelance Tenor singer.


Jeff Philbin Jeff Philbin was a Marketing Director from Tampa, Florida. He was eliminated in MasterChef season 8 episode 18 after a salmon elimination challenge.

After MasterChef, Jeff returned to his previous role as a Marketing Director until June 2018. He is currently a restaurant consultant and Private Chef. In 2019, he is expected to release his online cookery series, Flavored By Flame With Chef Jeff.


Jennifer Williams Jennifer Williams was a Debt Collector from Chalmette, Louisiana. She was eliminated in MasterChef season 8 episode 7 after a fish and chips pressure test.

After MasterChef, Jennifer was a Communication Director and offered private dining experiences in her home. She is currently owner of Second Line Art & Vintage, a boutique store in Charleston and caters private dinners and events.


Jenny Cavellier Jenny Cavellier was a Special Needs Therapist from Cincinnati, Ohio. She was eliminated in MasterChef season 8 episode 12 after a crawfish dumpling pressure test landed her in the bottom two.

After MasterChef, Jenny was a training supervisor and is currently a National Account Director in the medical profession.


Mark Togni Mark Togni was a Stay-at-home Dad from Portland, Oregon. He was eliminated in MasterChef season 8 episode 3 after a retry of a Mystery Box challenge.

After MasterChef, Mark returned to being a Stay-at-home Dad.


Mike Newton Mike Newton was a Ranch Owner from Lipan, Texas. He was eliminated in MasterChef season 8 episode 11 after a champagne poached oysters pressure test.

After MasterChef, Mike is a Private Chef offering private dining experiences, cookery classes and pop up dining events.


Necco Ceresani Necco Ceresani was a Marketing Manager from Newberry, South Carolina. He was eliminated in MasterChef season 8 episode 8 after a hanger steak elimination challenge landed him in the bottom two.

After MasterChef, Necco is a writer at Venture Fizz, a Marketing Manager and a Growth Hacker at logmein, a remote access company.


Paige Jimenez Paige Jimenez was a Swimsuit Model from Honolulu, Hawaii. She was eliminated in MasterChef season 8 episode 4 after a grilled pork chop pressure test landed her in the bottom two.

After MasterChef, Paige returned to culinary school and got her culinary degree but turned down a position in a top restaurant as the hours would mean she could not model. She continues to model for fashion brands and has appeared in magazines including Cosmo.


Reba Billingsley Reba Billingsley was a Stay-at-home Mom from Carthage, Texas. She was eliminated in MasterChef season 8 episode 10 after a coconut elimination challenge lands her in the bottom four.

After MasterChef, Reba is writing her cook book and regularly posts recipes on social media.


Sam Reiff-Pasarew Sam Reiff-Pasarew was a Creative Writing Teacher from Washington D.C. He was in MasterChef season 8 episode 6 after a lamb elimination challenge landed him in the bottom two.

After MasterChef, Sam is Executive Producer/Founding Company Member at Story Pirates, an arts education and media company based in New York and Los Angeles. He has done a number of pop up cookery events and regularly posts food pics on his social media.


Yachecia Holston Yachecia Holston was a Minister from Detroit, Michigan. She was in MasterChef season 8 episode 18 after a salmon elimination challenge landed her in the bottom two.

After MasterChef, Yachecia is a Private Chef offering private dining experiences and has done a number of local pop up cookery events.


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This post was last updated in September 2019.


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