Thursday, May 30, 2013


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 ET/PT) on FOX, 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

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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