|Bastianich, Elliot and Ramsey will judge the MasterChefs.|
Chef Gordon Ramsay, restaurateur Joe Bastianich and chef Graham Elliot will return for Season Three MASTERCHEF with a two-night season premiere on Monday, June 4 (9:00-10:00 PM ET/PT) and Tuesday, June 5 (9:00-10:00 PM ET/PT) on FOX.
Nearly 30,000 hopefuls auditioned at open casting calls in Atlanta, Austin, Boston, Chicago, Los Angeles, Miami, New York City, San Francisco, Savannah, Seattle and Washington, DC.
MASTERCHEF also hit the road for the first-ever food truck casting tour and made stops in cities throughout Arizona, Colorado and Utah.
The top contenders were flown to Los Angeles for a chance to compete for the title and a $250,000 grand prize. This season will feature contestants from all walks of life representing 23 states – including a stock broker, a professional opera singer, an emergency room physician, a food photographer, a plastic surgeon and the first blind cook to enter the competition, according to FOX.
In the premiere episode, the hopefuls will prepare their signature dish and present them to the distinguished the judges': Ramsay, Bastianich (Del Posto, Eataly) and Elliot (Graham Elliot, Grahamwich). Judging is said to be based on flavor, originality, creativity and presentation, along with "a genuine passion for food and a drive to win."
By the end of the second episode, those who impress the judges will earn a spot in the Top 18 and will move on to the rest of the season.