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.

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.

Come on stop saying that she won because she is blind. Gordon and Joe treats her the same as they treat other contestants. she won because she is talented.

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

2 Whitney Miller

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

3 Christian Collins

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.

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

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

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

4 Joshua Marks

He only came back to alieviate the Paula Deen controversy

I was so sad when he passed :(

5 Luca Manfe

He's the classic underdog. He started low, kinda got hammered at the start, and was even denied entry to season 3. Came back and won it all in the end for season 4.

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.

I loved how he started off as a weak competitor any had a late season break-out. After his wife came, he nailed almost every challenge. He was an amazing chef and a good person.

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

6 Frank Mirando

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.

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

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

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.

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.

Strongest character, strongest storyline throughout the season and overall strongest contestant in MCUS history.

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.

Who put Stephen ahead of Derrick

13 Jessie Lysiak

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

So hot and nice.. Like princess

She is sooo nice and the best

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 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.

He reminds me of James from team Rocket

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.

Awesome cook. Damn shame he was eliminated so early!

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

Why did they send Terry home? He kicked ass!

17 Felix Fang

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

Personal favorite

18 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

19 Tommy Walton

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

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

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

Tommy was like a cartoon character.

20 Ben Starr

He was my most favorite of season 2.

21 Gerron Hurt

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.

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!

Nicest person on masterchef this season and deserved to win

Deserved to win, reminds me of Luca as well

22 Stacey Amagrande
23 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

24 Tali Clavijo

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

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

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

25 Natasha Crnjac

Luca is a great chef but I prefer Natasha. She should win that season

She’s cooks well but her attitude needs more work

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