Thursday, September 5, 2013

Natasha and Luca are MasterChef Finalists on Fox

Natasha Crnjac, a stay-at-home mom from San Diego, CA, and Luca Manfe, a restaurant manager from Astoria, NY were named the two finalists last night in the Fox Masterchef competition. Gordon Ramsay, Joe Bastianich and Graham Elliot made the announcement while also eliminating Krissi Biasiello, a paralegal from Philadelphia, PA, and Jessie Lysiak, a yacht stewardess from Social Circle, GA.    
The top two finalists will compete for the title next week.  According to Fox, In their final challenge, Crnjac and Manfe will conceptualize and prepare "the most important three-course meal of their lives." The winner will receive a grand prize of $250,000 and a cookbook deal.

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

     Twitter: @MC4Natasha

Favorite MASTERCHEF Moment: “Realizing how much MASTERCHEF helped me grow as a person. I’ve never put so much of myself into anything in my life, and MASTERCHEF really pushed me, mentally and physically, and reinforced my love for what I do in the kitchen more than ever.”

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

     Twitter: @MC4Luca   

Favorite MASTERCHEF Moment: “The surprise visit from my wife and winning the mystery box challenge with her support. Needless to say, MASTERCHEF has been the best experience of my life, and I am so grateful for how much I have learned.”

Open casting calls for the next Masterchef competition begin Saturday, Oct. 5, in the following cities:
Saturday, Oct. 5
Embassy Suites Biltmore
2630 East Camelback Road
Phoenix, AZ 85016
10:00 AM – 6:00 PM
New Orleans
Saturday, Oct. 5
Hyatt French Quarter
800 Iberville Street
New Orleans, LA 70112
10:00 AM – 6:00 PM
Saturday, Oct. 12
Doubletree Suites Hotel Houston Galleria
5353 Westheimer Rd.
Houston, TX 77056
10:00 AM – 6:00 PM
Saturday, Oct. 12
Aloft Orlando
500 South Orange Ave.
Orlando, FL 32801
10:00 AM – 6:00 PM

Saturday, Oct. 19
Saturday, Oct. 19
 Hyatt Regency Columbus
350 North High Street
Columbus, OH 43215
10:00 AM – 6:00 PM
Kansas City
Saturday, Oct. 26
Kansas City Marriott Downtown
200 West 12th Street
Kansas City, MO 64105
10:00 AM – 6:00 PM
New York City
Saturday, Oct. 26
Saturday, Nov. 2
Crowne Plaza Denver Downtown
1450 Glenarm Place
Denver, CO 80202
10:00 AM – 6:00 PM
Saturday, Nov. 2
Los Angeles
Saturday, Nov. 9

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