Best MasterChef USA Contestants

The Top Ten
1 Luca Manfe

One of the best masterchef contestants. I LOVE his personality. Is he the best cook? I dont know, but what I know for sure is that he does have a likeable personality

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.

2 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.

3 Whitney Miller

I recently watched the earlier seasons and I was shocked at how low the standard was for the first season. The contestants were far less talented than those that would come next seasons (even the judges said it at the auditions of season 2) and the same can be said of the winner Whitney, most underwhelming winner of all seasons. She really wasn't that good as a cook. She had a nice personality though.

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

Very unexpectedly liked her but I felt she definitely earned her title 'pastry princess' in my book

4 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.

5 Subha Ramiah
6 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.

I liked him at first, but he got really rude and cocky, but he was a fun villain character to watch.

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

7 Joshua Marks

Always good enough to make it through but no great enough to win it all sadly.

8 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.

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

9 Eddie Jackson

He would then go on to win Food Network Star.

10 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.

Exceptional cook, his performance is consistently good but gradually Christine took over him. I think he's more well-rounded than the runner-up, Joshua.

The Contenders
11 Elizabeth Cauvel

Very good cook and seemed like she could have actually won it all.

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

12 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.

13 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.

Very hard working and had a really great memory for recipes for different challenges.

14 Becky Reams

She is consistent and has high ups, only lose to Luca in the finale.

15 Kelsey Murphy
16 Stacey Amagrande
17 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

Great cook and really impressed and happy that she sent Krissi home.

18 Leslie Gilliams

I don't know why every says he was a bad person he told the truth and got bullied because he was a confident leader. I personally think its because society has something about praising not believing in yourself. Also I find it ironic how the female contestants bullied him for being a stay at home dad reliant on his wife; check your privilege women, he is living the dream.

The sole person that carried season 5 of Masterchef. His character was likable and was seen as the underdog of the season as everybody belittles him. Regardless he always bounces back through each elimination test and shows how strong of a character he is. I am and forever will consider him to be the best contestant of Masterchef. Lesliers for life xD

19 Derrick Peltz

He really deserved to win instead of Claudia.

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

20 Shaun O'Neale
21 Tracy Kontos
22 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!

Why did they send Terry home? He kicked ass!

23 Ben Starr

Very entertaining I'm cooking and personality really fun to watch.

My favorite season 2. Great personality, and a good cook.

He was my most favorite of season 2.

24 Ryan Umane

This arrogant prick should not be anywhere near this list!

25 Felix Fang
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