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Meet the Final Three Cooks Competing for FOX's MASTERCHEF Title; Season 6 Auditions Announced

Last night, judges Gordon Ramsay, Joe Bastianich and Graham Elliot announced the Top Three contestants on America's No. 1 cooking competition series, MASTERCHEF: Elizabeth Cauvel, an advertising executive from Brooklyn, NY; Leslie Gilliams, a stay-at-home dad from Malibu, CA; and Courtney Lapresi, an aerial dancer from Philadelphia, PA. Christian Green, a 29-year-old sales representative from New Orleans, LA and Cutter Brewer, a 33-year-old petroleum landman from Beaumont, TX were eliminated from the competition.

In Part One of the two-hour Season Finale airing Monday, Sept. 15 (8:00-10:00 PM ET/PT), The Top Three home cooks will face their most intimidating challenge yet. In a MASTERCHEF first, 50 of the most notable chefs - representing all 50 states - visit the MASTERCHEF restaurant as special guest judges to determine which home cook will immediately advance to the finale. These chefs include celebrity chef personalities Cat Cora (Kouzzina) and Duff Goldman (Charm City Cakes); Jon Shook and Vinny Dotolo (Animal, Son of a Gun), Susan Feniger and Mary Sue Milliken (Border Grill); John Sedlar (Rivera); and Michael Voltaggio (ink.), among many others (a full list of the special guest judges is included below). Later, the remaining home cooks will face the next pressure test, during which they must successfully complete three classic American desserts: New York Cheesecake, Key Lime Pie and Boston Cream Pie. The home cook with the best desserts will move on to the finals.

In the second hour, the final challenge in the MASTERCHEF kitchen, the Top Two home cooks will have one last chance to prove to the judges that they deserve the MASTERCHEF title. After evaluating the final dishes, the judges will reveal America's next MASTERCHEF, and the deserving home cook will walk away with a MASTERCHEF trophy, a book deal and the $250,000 grand prize.

Follow the Top Three Contestants' MASTERCHEF Journey:


Hometown: Brooklyn, NY Occupation: Advertising Executive


Twitter: @MC5Elizabeth

Follow Elizabeth's MASTERCHEF journey: YouTube / Embeddable


Hometown: Malibu, CA Occupation: Stay-At-Home Dad


Twitter: @MC5Leslie

Follow Leslie's MASTERCHEF journey: YouTube / Embeddable


Hometown: Philadelphia, PA Occupation: Aerial Dancer


Twitter: @MC5CourtneyL

Follow Courtney's MASTERCHEF journey: YouTube / Embeddable

Below are the 50 Chefs Who Will Appear on the MASTERCHEF Finale Episode:



Aaron Anderson

Harlow's Orange County

Anthony Carron

800 Degrees

Brian Hill

Personal Chef

Brock Kleweno


Casey Lane

The Tasting Kitchen

Cat Cora

Celebrity Chef Personality

Chris Garasic

Zinc at Shade Hotel

Chris George


Christian Page

Short Order

Cindy Villarreal

Personal Chef

Connie Tran

BEP Vietnamese Kitchen

Daryl Twerldahl

Vintage Catering

David LeFevre


Dawn Davis

Sugar Cane RAW

Duff Goldman

Charm City Cakes

Eric Bosrau

Duke's Malibu

Greg Knize

Duke's Malibu

Herb Wilson

Sushi Samba

Jamie Gwen

Personal Chef

Jason Travi

Superba Snack Bar

Jessica Koslow


Jet Tila

Celebrity Chef Personality

Jim Tselikis

Cousins Maine Lobster

Joaquin Robles

Personal Chef

John Sedlar


Jon Atkinson

North End Café

Jon Shook

Animal, Son of a Gun

Julie Anne Rhodes

The Roving Stove

Kelly Mitchell

Il Grano

Kenishia Thomas

Personal Chef

Lily Kestone-Fazzi

Personal Chef

Makani Gerardi

Pono Burger Santa Monica

Marie Martinez

Personal Chef

Mary Sue Milliken

Border Grill

Mette Williams


Michael Cimarusti


Michael Fiorelli

Love & Salt

Michael Voltaggio


Minh Nguyen

Personal Chef

Nick Erven


Ross Pangilinan

Leatherby's Rouge Café

Roy Handler

Haute Mess Catering

Scott Howard


Shaun Dry

Rock 'N Fish

Steven Fretz

Top Round

Suaanne Tract


Susan Feniger

Border Grill

Tom Shields

Spark Woodfire Grill

Tony Celeste

Personal Chef

Vernon Cardenas

State Social House

Vinny Dotolo

Animal, Son of a Gun

Auditions for Season Six of MASTERCHEF begin Saturday, Sept. 13. Open casting calls will take place in the following cities: San Francisco and San Diego (Sept. 13); Cleveland and San Antonio (Sept. 20); Atlanta and New Orleans (Sept. 27); New York City and Miami (Oct. 4); Chicago and Memphis (Oct. 11); and Los Angeles (Oct. 18). Visit to pre-register and for the most up-to-date audition information.

MASTERCHEF is produced by Shine America and One Potato Two Potato and is based on the 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 Ben Adler serve as executive producers. "Like" MASTERCHEF on Facebook at Follow the series on Twitter @MASTERCHEFonFOX and join the discussion at #masterchef. Through the FOX NOW app, FOX viewers can watch full episodes of their favorite FOX shows on a variety of digital platforms, while enjoying enhanced interactive and social capabilities around those shows. Download the FOX NOW app

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