Top Finalists revealed on MASTERCHEF

Competition Continues Wednesday - 8 PM on FOX 50


Following a grueling round of auditions and an intense lamb challenge, the MASTERCHEF Season Four Top Finalists are Krissi Biasiello, Jonny Blanchard, Lynn Chyi, Natasha Crnjac, Bime Cruz, Sasha Foxx, Malcolm Green, Adriana Guillen, Eddie Jackson, Beth Kirby, Bri Kozior, Jessie Lysiak, Luca Manfe, James Nelson, Kathy Prieto, Jordan Roots, Bethy Rossos, Howard Simpson and Savannah Sturgess. The Top Finalists announcement was made tonight by the MASTERCHEF judges – award-winning chef Gordon Ramsay, restaurateur Joe Bastianich and acclaimed chef Graham Elliot.

The competition continues next Wednesday, June 5 (8:00-10:00 PM) on FOX 50, as the Top Finalists compete in their first team challenge and face their pickiest judges yet: kids. The finalists visit a local elementary school and are tasked to create a healthy, balanced meal for more than 300 schoolchildren. Then, judge Ramsay cooks alongside the home cooks and prepares a dish using mystery box ingredients. At the end of the episode, two of the finalists will be eliminated.

Below are the Top Finalists and the lamb dish that earned them a spot in the MASTERCHEF kitchen:

Krissi Biasiello                              Age: 34          
Hometown: Philadelphia, PA         Occupation: Paralegal

Twitter: @MC4Krissi    

Lamb Dish: Shepherd’s Pie with Greek Salad

Jonny Blanchard                           Age: 28       
Hometown: Marlboro, MA              Occupation: Carpenter

Twitter: @MC4Jonny   

Lamb Dish: Lamb Ragoons and Tataki Slaw

Lynn Chyi                                     Age: 27
Hometown: San Diego, CA           Occupation: IT Systems Administrator

Twitter: @MC4Lynn

Lamb Dish: Lamb Loin, Pea Puree, Pea and Tomato Salad and Pickled Red Onion

Natasha Crnjac                              Age: 26       
Hometown: San Diego, CA            Occupation: Stay-at-Home Mom  

Twitter: @MC4Natasha

Lamb Dish: Lamb Brain Tortellini with Saffron Emulsion and Roasted Heirloom Tomatoes

Bime Cruz                                      Age: 35
Hometown: Taunton, MA                Occupation: Boxing Coach  

Twitter: @MC4Bime    

Lamb Dish: Lamb Meatballs Fettuccine Alfredo with Grilled Asparagus

Sasha Foxx                                    Age: 42      
Hometown: Tuscaloosa, AL            Occupation: Singer


Lamb Dish: Lamb Chili with Jalapeño Corn Bread

Malcolm Green                                Age: 27
Hometown: Cambridge, MA             Occupation: Unemployed

Twitter: @MC4Malcolm

Lamb Dish: Lamb Sampler, including Rib, Sausage and Loin

Adriana Guillen                               Age: 26     
Hometown: New York, NY               Occupation: College Admissions Rep.

Twitter: @MC4Adriana

Lamb Dish: Spicy Lamb Shank with Apricot Israeli Couscous

Eddie Jackson                                Age: 32     
Hometown: Americus, GA               Occupation: Personal Trainer/
Former Pro Football Player  

Twitter: @MC4Eddie    

Lamb Dish: Lamb Chowder and Simple Greens

Beth Kirby                                       Age: 29     
Hometown: Chattanooga, TN           Occupation: Writer/Photographer  

Twitter: @MC4BethK

Lamb Dish: Lavender Hay Roasted Saddle, Fried Sweetbreads and Celeric Purée

Bri Kozior                                       Age: 22     
Hometown: Doylestown, PA            Occupation: Theatre Assistant

Twitter: @MC4Bri

Lamb Dish: Four Seasons Lamb

Jessie Lysiak                                  Age: 27     
Hometown: Social Circle, GA           Occupation: Yacht Stewardess   

Twitter: @MC4Jessie

Lamb Dish: Lamb Saddle with Chorizo, Sweet Potato and Butternut Squash

Luca Manfe                                     Age: 31     
Hometown: Astoria, NY                   Occupation: Restaurant Manager

Twitter: @MC4Luca   

Lamb Dish: Loin and Sweetbread Roulade with Eggplant, Two Ways 

James Nelson                                 Age: 26     
Hometown: Victoria, TX                   Occupation: Retail Sales

Twitter: @MC4JamesN 

Lamb Dish: Lamb Vindaloo and Raita

Kathy Prieto                                    Age: 29     
Hometown: Bronx, NY                     Occupation: Office Assistant

Twitter: @MC4Kathy   

Lamb Dish: Stuffed Lamb Chops with Baby Carrots and Mash

Jordan Roots                                  Age: 29
Hometown: Minneapolis, MN           Occupation: Delivery Driver

Twitter: @MC4Jordan

Lamb Dish: Brains Ball and Potato Pear Gratin with Wild Mushroom Beer Sauce

Bethy Rossos                                  Age: 28
Hometown: Estacada, OR               Occupation: High School P.E. Teacher

Twitter: @MC4Bethy

Lamb Dish: Lamb Osso Bucco, Parsnip and Cauliflower Purée, Beets and Gruyère Popover

Howard Simpson                            Age: 26     
Hometown: San Diego, CA             Occupation: Barback 

Twitter: @MC4Howard

Lamb Dish: Lamb Frittata with Cranberry Lime Relish

Savannah Sturgess                         Age: 27     
Hometown: San Diego, CA             Occupation: Special Ed. Teacher
Twitter: @MC4Savannah

Lamb Dish: Lamb Loin Chop with Saffron Risotto and Artichoke Tomato Salad

Later this season, the finalists will prepare a hearty meal for American heroes, travel to Las Vegas for the first time in MASTERCHEF history, cook for the cast and crew of GLEE, prepare beach-friendly fish tacos for 101 surfers, take command of a renowned fine dining restaurant and create a summer party menu for charity volunteers. As the competition intensifies, the pressure will mount as the home cooks compete for the coveted title of MASTERCHEF, a cookbook deal and the $250,000 grand prize.

MASTERCHEF is produced by Shine America and One Potato Two Potato, and is based on a format created by Franc Roddam and Shine. Shine International handles distribution for the MASTERCHEF format. Elisabeth Murdoch, Eden Gaha, Paul Franklin, Robin Ashbrook, Gordon Ramsay, Adeline Ramage Rooney, Patricia Llewellyn and

 serve as executive producers.  

About One Potato Two Potato:
One Potato Two Potato (OPTP) was co-founded by Gordon Ramsay and Optomen Television in 2008 to exclusively create and produce worldwide content for Ramsay ventures across all media, including television, digital and publishing. Renowned for award-winning original programming, the company produces high-quality TV shows on both sides of the Atlantic, including the smash-hit HOTEL HELL, which was the highest-rated new network show of summer 2012 (OPTP is now in pre-production on Season Two); and four seasons of MASTERCHEF, all for FOX; “Food Court Wars” for Food Network; massive U.K. hit “Gordon Ramsay Behind Bars” and “Gordon’s Great Escape” for Channel 4; and “My Kitchen” for UKTV’s Good Food Channel. Ramsay’s groundbreaking Channel 4 series, “Cookalong Live,” aired as a special on FOX and has since become a successful format around the world. OPTP is also currently in development on several exciting unscripted and scripted projects, within and beyond the food genre, for network, cable and digital platforms in the U.S., U.K. and Australia. OPTP distributes its hugely popular TV programming and formats to more than 200 territories via Optomen International. The company became part of the All3Media group in 2010. Find out more about One Potato Two Potato at

About Shine America:
Shine America is a world leader in producing and distributing compelling scripted and unscripted television and digital content. Shine America is known for popular and award-winning original series, including “The Biggest Loser” and “The Face”; as well as adaptations of Shine Group formats, such as MASTERCHEF and “Minute to Win It”; and scripted series, including “The Office” and the upcoming FX drama “The Bridge.” Shine America has development deals with some of the top producers in television, including Nigel Lythgoe (Nigel Lythgoe Productions) and its own unscripted format label in Ardaban, led by the creators of the hit Food Network series, “Chopped.” Shine Latino, a new division of Shine America, is producing and distributing original Spanish-language content to the U.S. and Latin American marketplaces.

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