MasterChef brings a classic challenge to one of America's premiere diners.
The teams prepare surf and turf, and the losing teams face a pressure test involving classic spring rolls.
Leslie and Elizabeth prepare a chicken dish that the judges drool over but applaud Elizabeth for her input.
The Top 22 home cooks get ready to compete.
The remaining 7 contestants are challenged to come up with a dish using apples as the main ingredient.
Thirty chefs present their signature dishes to the judges for a chance to compete for a cookbook deal and a $250,000 grand prize in the Season 5 premiere.
Elizabeth Cauvel plans to use her Brooklyn street smarts to keep her friends close and her enemies closer in the competition.
Cooking means family to Palo Alto, CA native Ahran Cho who likes to help cook for the family when her parents are busy.
Tyler got his start cooking by pouring chocolate chips into the batter for his mother. A self proclaimed "fat kid," he loves bringing people together through his cooking.
A mystery-box challenge has the Top 16 chefs preparing dishes using canned foods. The winner will work with former "MasterChef" champion Luca Manfe and "MasterChef Junior" winner Alexander Weiss to select a specialty dish for the elimination round.
This Houston-based church musician loves cooking desserts for his loved ones and hopes to appeal to each judge's sweet tooth with his delectable creations.
This Mandeville, LA native believes that you don't have to be a chef to cook, but you have to have a heart.
Elise Mayfield specializes in southern comfort foods and baking. Cooking is her connection back to her home and her family. She is ready to prove her spot in the MASTERCHEF kitchen!
The judges predict that naturally a dominant contestant will come forth and lead in each paired team. Who will rise to the occasion?
Mamma mia! This Yonkers, NY native has a cooking style that reflects her Italian roots.
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