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The only way you lose is if you give up on yourself and I'm not giving up without a fight.

Albaya "Bime" Cruz was a contestant on Season 4 of MasterChef. He ranked in 14th place.


Bime was a nice guy, always keeping a clear head, and always took full responsibility for his mistakes when he knew that he had a bad performance. He was a strong cook and had a high spirit, along with strong determination. However, later on he was shown having major problems with handling pressure, and could make simple mistakes (using cream of tartar instead of corn starch in his Lemon Meringue Pie being the prime example) and wasn't able to bounce back from them, leading to his meltdown in his last Pressure Test. He got along with most of the home cooks, but was disliked by Krissi for allegedly leading her team to failure during one team challenge, and was randomly disliked by Jordan, Natasha, and James for no reason at all, and gave him little to no support (except for Luca) when he returned to compete for a second chance.

Season 4[]

Episode 1[]

Bime did not appear in this episode on the first day of auditions.

Episode 2[]

Bime made a shrimp scampi, he received a no from Joe and two yeses from Graham and Gordon, and received his white apron.

Episode 3[]

Bime was one of the sixteen chefs who were immediately accepted into the MasterChef kitchen.

Episode 4[]

For the basic ingredient challenge Bime made a potato hash. He was in the top 3 but lost to Natasha. He was not seen in the langoustine challenge.

Episode 5[]

Bime's team won the Kindergarten Lunch Challenge so he did not have to compete in the Cheesecake Pressure Test.

Episode 6[]

Bime was not seen in the black cod challenge. In the cupcake challenge, his and Bethy cupcakes were the best and they were both team captains for the next challenge.

Episode 7[]

Bime was the team captain for the red team, unfortunately his team lost the firefighter lunch challenge. Back at the Masterchef kitchen, the judges say that since Bime was the team captain, he was saved from pressure test, and also they let Bime save another person, and he saved Jordan from the pressure test.

Episode 8[]

Bime was in Las Vegas to Judge the teams in the burger challenge.

Episode 9[]

In the foreign ingredients challenge Bime was in the Top 3. He made an elk flank steak. He lost to Eddie. He was not seen in the Agnolotti Pressure Test.

Episode 10[]

In the Glee Lunch Challenge, Bime was on Krissi's team, and when his team lost, he was blamed by the rest of his team for serving raw chicken even though Ramsay revealed his team got more votes for the chicken despite that. It was actually Jordan's fault the team lost due to poorly made salmon. In the Lemon Meringue Pie pressure test, he made an infamous mistake of adding cream of tartar to thicken his curd instead of corn starch. When Ramsay went to taste it, he commented on how the curd wasn't set when he went to cut it, and then brought two cocktail glasses and poured the lemon curd into them. He told Bime to drink the unset curd along with him, and when they did taste it, the curd was terribly grainy. Bime said that was from the cream of tartar. Ramsay told him that there was only a teaspoon in the recipe, and when he asked Bime how much he added, he said he added ten tablespoons, claiming that he messed up and grabbed the wrong ingredient. His terrible Lemon Meringue Pie sent him home although Ramsay assured him that he should not really have been at risk of going home to begin with, knowing full well that Krissi's selfish decision to save herself and leave Bime in the Pressure Test was to blame.

Episode 18[]

He came back to the competition for a chance at redemption, along with Lynn and Bri. Bime made it through the first elimination challenge, but was edged out by Bri in correctly preparing and serving seven cooked portions of salmon.

Episode 25[]

Bime was seen in the finale as were many of the past contestants from that season, who returned to cheer on for Luca and Natasha.

Competition History[]

Week 4 High/In
Week 5 Win
Week 6 In/Win
Week 7 No Pressure Test
Week 8 Immune
Week 9 High/In
Week 10 Eliminated

Post MasterChef[]

  • After his appearance, Bime worked at Stoneforge Tavern before moving to The Foundry an American Table & Bar. As of March 2018, he is Head Chef at Cibo Matto Caffe.


  • Bime's full name (as he stated) is "Albaya Cruz Reya Riba la Cuzala Tesero III"


  • "The only way you lose is if you give up on yourself and I'm not giving up without a fight."
  • (After being eliminated) "For me to make this dumb mistake, it's costing in this competition. It's like I let the judges down, you know; that's the worst part, but the dream doesn't die here. I'm leaving with the belief and the tools to become something special. I think that my daughters are gonna be proud of their daddy; that's all I want. I'm glad I did good for me."


Season 4[]

External links[]


MasterChef U.S. Season 4

Gordon RamsayGraham ElliotJoe Bastianich


Krissi BiasielloJonny BlanchardLynn ChyiNatasha CrnjacBime CruzSasha FoxxMalcolm GreenAdriana GuillenEddie JacksonBeth KirbyBri KoziorJessie LysiakLuca ManfèJames NelsonKathy PrietoJordan RootsBethy RossosHoward SimpsonSavannah Sturges