Best MasterChef USA Contestants

The Top Ten

1 Christine Ha

When I first saw there was a top 10 list for master chef contestants, I knew Christine would be #1. Such a nice person and very talented. She never made excuses when she made mistakes (which she made hardly any to begin with), was always consistent with her dishes, and earned the respect of the other cooks even though they were her competition.

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.

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

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

2 Whitney Miller

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

3 Christian Collins

He was the only one to call out the judges' bias and favoritism of Jennifer

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

Even though Christian was a very cocky villain, He was my favorite on season 2 (bedsides Derrick Prince) because he had SKILL. Sure, he was cocky, but who wouldn’t be? And he could actually back up his cockiness with great dishes and nailed his spot, being 3rd place after the judges weren’t impressed with his veal dish.

4 Joshua Marks

He only came back to alieviate the Paula Deen controversy

I was so sad when he passed :(


5 Luca Manfe

Even though he can be over confident, I still found myself rooting for him. Really because of things like giving Jessie the butter.

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!

6 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

Really nice guy, not arrogant like other chefs on this show. People feel he screwed Josh over, but it’s a competition, and he was thinking strategically. I like josh to, but I disagree with his comment of Frank being a jerk. He’s not a jerk, he’s awesome.

7 Becky Reams
8 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.

She was good and funny.

9 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!

10 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!

The Contenders

11 Shaun O'Neale

Shaun is the most heartfelt

12 Derrick Peltz

I wish Derrick won season 6 but he is doing well now and I love his food

One of the best Masterchef contestants of all time

He really deserved to win instead of Claudia.

Best chef of season 6

13 Jessie Lysiak

She is sooo nice and the best

So hot and nice.. Like princess

she's cute

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

14 Ryan Umane

This arrogant prick should not be anywhere near this list!

Slightly better than Tali

He was also pretty funny

15 Leslie Gilliams

Leslie was one of the worst cook to ever be on masterchef here are the top 10 worst
10. Jeff Philbin
9. Noah Sims
8. Mark Togni
7. Leslie Gilliams
6. Micah Yaroch
5. Cutter Brewer
4. Bowen Li
3. Jake Gandolfo
2.Mike Newton
1. Tony Scruggs

He may have been cocky but he wasn’t all talk, he could back it up.

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.

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.

16 Terry Mueller

One of the nicest guys on this show. Wish they would have given him another chance as he really only did poor on one challenge.

Why did they send Terry home? He kicked ass!

Awesome cook. Damn shame he was eliminated so early!

Such a nice guy, I wish he could have gone further

17 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

18 Tommy Walton

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

Tommy was like a cartoon character.

Made season 6 watchable

The fiercest contestant ever, he might not be the winner but he's charisma and talent win us all

19 Jason Wang

I underestimated him. I did not think he would claim the first spot in the final 3 over Eboni and Cate! (Well, Cate actually got eliminated in that round, but still.)

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.

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

20 Ben Starr

He was my most favorite of season 2.

Star struck

21 Stacey Amagrande
22 Elizabeth Cauvel

Glad she is higher than Courtney on this list.

So much more talented and consistent than the winner of her season, but she didn’t flirt with the judges enough apparently

23 Gerron Hurt

What makes him one of the best MasterChef winners in my book is how he is an incredible student. He learned a lot from Joe, and as the competition went on, he evolved, and ultimately that's what won him the competition in the end. Excellent job, Gerron!

I can't begin to say that I wanted him to go home after Mark, but ultimately he has proved me wrong and got better as the season went along. He made such an amazing comeback and I am so glad that he won it at the very end. You gotta respect this man and his kindness towards others.

Nicest person on masterchef this season and deserved to win

Deserved to win, reminds me of Luca as well

24 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.

#TeamTali forever. Only contestant who stood up for his cooking beliefs. Him and Ryan saw right through Monti's bs.

25 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.

Lol. people use the fact she needed to work at a gentlemen's club to keep a roof under her head.

What have you done? Oh yeah, stained the internet.

"Favoritism." Oh god. Because she's a good cook means favoritism. Got it.

The theory that she slept with Gordon,Graham,and Joe. False. Proven False. Gordon and Graham have kids. You don't. Shut up.

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

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