Best MasterChef USA Contestants

The Top Ten

1 Christine Ha

Most talented contestant ever. Deserves to win the competition. Why isn't she 1st in this list?

You guys know they rigged the competition for her why would a blind person win and some how she won the crab challenge with a stupid cocktail. - Ilyas678

Of course a blind person couldn't cook without any assistance. That's how she was able to cook a crab cocktail. - isaaonrtdmtr

She showed that even if you difficulties, you can still keep your dreams. - shamrockan

YES CHRISTINE HA IS THE BESSSTTT

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2 Whitney Miller

The first winner of the US Masterchef. Of course her name deserves to be up there!

3 Joshua Marks

I was so sad when he passed :(

R.I.P

4 Luca Manfe

Luca was probably the most gentlemanly out of any guest on masterchef so far, shining examples are when he gives ingredients to people who needed them, simply because he wanted to go against people that where trying their best.

Luca was the best in season 4 he should be number 1

I love Luca because if his gentlemanly attitudes.. He has the talent and the quality of a true masterchef!

Great attitude, amazing chef

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5 Dino Angelo Luciano

He had the amazing technique, he had the wonderful creativity and he had a winning personality. Nailed pretty much every challenge and is easily one of he most deserving winners in Masterchef history.

I love you Dino! Best winner ever!

Not only the sexiest (arguably) but also by far the most endeavoring, perseverant, courageous and adventurous (objectively) contestant this show has ever witnessed. There have been many fantastic competitors in the past but not one individual is comparable to Dino.

By far the most creative chef out of all the seasons!

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6 Christian Collins

Quite honestly, I wouldn't put arrogant ass Christian in the top 10.

They actually said he was one of the nicest contestants off camera

7 Derrick Peltz

One of the best Masterchef contestants of all time

He really deserved to win instead of Claudia.

Best chef of season 6

Who put Stephen ahead of Derrick

8 Tracy Kontos
9 Monti Carlo

Very creative, despite what others said about her memorising recipes, her crab scotch egg was exceptional and her soup and soda bread was very clever. I think she was an intelligent and humble cook as well as an exceptionally charming and nice person.

Almost everyone is biased against her. But she managed to outsmart her competitors.

10 Frank Mirando

Super good cook and learned from his mistakes even though he got called out earlier in the competition he shoulve won season 3

The Contenders

11 Olivia Crouppen
12 Becky Reams
13 Elizabeth Cauvel

Glad she is higher than Courtney on this list.

14 Shaun O'Neale
15 Jessie Lysiak

She is sooo nice and the best

I think Jessie is good enough to be in top 10. She may lose out to Natasha in terms of consistency, but her leadership skills and her ability to handle pressure is without doubt.

"Everybody thinks you're in the show because you look good, but you're in the show because you cook good." - Gordon to Jessie

16 Max Kramer

Why the hell is Max in the top 10? Not only was he not very good, but he was also an arrogant snob!

17 Claudia Sandoval

Why is Nick ahead of Claudia?

18 Leslie Gilliams

He can bake and cook savory unlike Malcolm from season 4 who couldn't do either. I just wish he put sugar instead of salt in the semifinals. His attitude is pretty unlikable, but he can back it up like Stephen from season 6.

He's good but its just that people don't put him as a front runner one of the oldest but not a disappointment like Veronica or Bill

To be honest Leslie was my favorite contestant ever. Everybody hated him and he feuded with so many people that it was cool to watch. His cooking is up to par with some of the best to ever do it on the show.

He was my favorite

19 Felix Fang

Personal favorite

Absolutely hated her

Absolutely hated why is she on this list when she only cooked two good dishes in the entire competition
yeah her only two good dishes were her duck and risotto but every looks at her that she's good because of those two dishes

20 Terry Mueller

Why did they send Terry home? He kicked ass!

Awesome cook. Damn shame he was eliminated so early!

Awesome cook but a wallflower which means he only got eliminated after a mediocore dish
sadly :(

21 Stacey Amagrande
22 Ryan Umane

This arrogant prick should not be anywhere near this list!

He was also pretty funny

23 Jason Wang

Preferred Dino to him but he's honestly my second favorite contestant of all time, it's both a blessing and a curse that these two wonderfully positive human beings had to be in the same season. - FukboiAyano

Seriously? His excitement and love of food and his ever so bright personality has won my heart. I hope he wins the competition

Absolutely one of my favorite contestants from Season 8! Him, Cate, Dino, and Eoboni are my top 4 favorites

He’s Amazing!

24 Tommy Walton

If Olivia's in the top ten, tommy should be

Tommy was like a cartoon character. - isaaonrtdmtr

Made season 6 watchable

They should make a coooking show with Tommy as the host. He's the BEST!

25 Ben Starr

He was my most favorite of season 2. - ndog

Star struck

26 Natasha Crnjac
27 Stephen Lee

Seriously why is Derrick the douche Top 4 when Stephen's nowhere near top 20? - FukboiAyano

Stephen is consistent. He beat every challenges and even brought them to a whole new leve with his skill. Even judges were surprised when seeing him in a pressure test. Being one of the oldest contestants he show viewers how to never stop chasing your dreams with his fiery spirit in the kitchen. Even until today I still believe that him not being in the final is part of the show’s politic to favor the other two contentants. Don’t forget he has the most wins for that season.

28 Courtney Lapresi

Hate to admit it, but I kind of like Courtney. I know she didn't have the most impressive attitude in the kitchen, but she wasn't half as bad as Cutter, or even Dan. Plus she was a very consistent cook. But although I liked her, I still can say Elizabeth, or even Leslie should've won over her.

Courtney won because she had more passion and talent than anyone else in season 5.

Courtney dominated her season.

Oh god. Ahran was so right about what she said about favoritism.

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29 Krissi Biasiello

Oh hell no! Krissi was one of the worst contestants! Worst personality out of anyone who has been on the show!

She even admitted she was a bully in school

It's not attitude, it's performance.

30 Eddie Jackson

He would then go on to win Food Network Star. - ndog

I wanted him to win

Mmm... Shoudl of won the whole competition of masterchef

Yeah

31 Willie Mike

Big Willie immediately became my favorite after the auditions. Good cook with awesome personality. He's funny, his passion is without question, he may not be the best leader but he has the integrity to go down with the ship.

Really?! This guy should be in to 5 because he never thought of himself and had so much integrity that he saved 3 other team members instead of himself from the pressure test!

32 Eboni Henry
33 Gerron Hurt

Nicest person on masterchef this season and deserved to win

Deserved to win, reminds me of Luca as well

34 Ahran Cho

My favorite contestant. Also, how did she not even make Top 5 while Cutter, who is Jeff before Jeff was on the show, made Top 4? She can cook and show respect, while Cutter has neither.

Good thing she had to call out the judges on playing favorites. I honestly couldn’t stand Courtney winning

35 Tanya Noble
36 David Martinez

Eh, he's alright. Had both really good moments, and also really bad moments in the kitchen.

37 Tali Clavijo

Oh come on! Who the hell put Tali on here?! Tali was one of the worst contestants on this show!

I wonder if people keep on voting for Tali and he makes it to number 1, biggest troll in The Top Tens history.

38 Lee Knaz

Definitely one of the best chefs in masterchef history. He should have been in the finale with Whitney. - ndog

He is also the only cook who won a mystery box and elimination challenge in a single episode. - ndog

39 Cesar Cano

Best overall performance of the season

He has everything what a chef needs! creativity, technique, and he is so focused in the kitchen. He is from Mexico but he doesn’t cook always the same cuisine

40 James Nelson
41 Jaimee Vitolo

She looks a lot like Marcie from Peanuts

42 Mike Kim
43 Bime Cruz

Such a shame that his one poor performance knocked him out of the competition so early. He had been one of the top contenders at first.

44 Brittany Craig

She did have potential, but she did deserve to go home for that dish.

This gal left too soon cause she had potential. She's also gorgeous. - ndog

45 Jenny Cavellier Jenny Cavellier
46 Julia Danno
47 Nick Nappi
48 Sharone Hakman
49 Helene Leeds

Helene sucked. No talent. No passion. Has no business being on this list.

Says quite frankly scared too much
has no passion no love
so I'm glad she went home early

50 Eric Howard

Here's a drinking game: Take a shot every time he mentions he's a firefighter

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