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Season 10 of MasterChef aired on FOX between May 29 and September 18, 2019. Creeler Dorian Hunter was the winner of that season and was awarded with the MasterChef trophy, the right to publish her own cookbook, a salary of $250,000, and training at the restaurants of the three judges.

Top 20

20 contestants competed on the season. The contestants were (relative to their placement):

Contestant Age Hometown Occupation Status
Dorian Hunter 45 Cartersville, GA Creeler Winner September 18
Sarah Faherty 31 San Diego, CA Former Army Interrogator Runner Up September 18
Nick DiGiovanni 22 Barrington, RI College Student Eliminated September 18
Noah Sims 32 Epworth, GA Septic Service Technician Eliminated September 11
Shari Mukherjee 34 Rochester, MN Stay-at-Home Mom Eliminated September 4
Subha Ramiah 54 West Nyack, NY R&D Director
Micah Yaroch 19 Grand Rapids, MI Kitchen Porter Eliminated August 28
Bri Baker 24 Dallas, TX Cocktail Server Eliminated August 21
Jamie Hough 42 Pawleys Island, SC Fisherman Eliminated August 15
Fred Chang 24 Redondo Beach, CA Revenue Analyst Eliminated August 8
Wuta Onda 30 Bronx, NY English Teacher Eliminated August 1
Renee Rice 33 Ada, OK Receptionist Eliminated July 31
Sam Haaz 36 Philadelphia, PA Attorney Eliminated July 25
Keturah King 30 London, England Freelance Writer Eliminated July 18
Liz Linn 53 Durand, MI Events Consultant Eliminated July 11
Michael Silverstein 31 Pittsburgh, PA Real Estate Flipper
Evan Tesiny 36 Brooklyn, NY Sales Coordinator Eliminated June 27
Kimberly White 32 New York, NY Shoe Designer Eliminated June 20
Kenny Palazzolo 46 Boston, MA Carpenter Eliminated June 12
Deanna Colon 45 Simi Valley, CA Vocal Coach
  • Note: Italic indicates a contestant from outside the US has successfully made it to the competition.

Competition table

Place Contestant Episode
3 4/5 6/7 8/9 10/11 12/13 14/15 16/17 18/19 20 21 22 23/24/25
1 Dorian IN HIGH PT IMM IN HIGH LOSE IN LOSE IN HIGH WIN WIN IMM WIN IMM HIGH IN IN WIN IMM WIN IN IN IN WINNER
2 Sarah WIN IMM LOW PT IN IN LOSE IN LOSE WIN IN IN IN HIGH WIN IMM IN IN HIGH WIN IMM WIN IN IN IN RUNNER-UP
3 Nick WIN IMM WIN IMM WIN IMM WIN IMM WIN IMM HIGH IN LOW LOW LOSE IN WIN IMM HIGH IN IN LOSE IN IN IN ELIM
4 Noah WIN IMM WIN IMM IN HIGH LOSE IN LOSE LOW IN IN IN LOW LOSE IN IN IN LOW IN IN WIN IN ELIM
5 Subha WIN IMM LOW PT IN IN LOSE IN WIN IMM IN IN IN LOW NOM IN IN IN WIN IN LOW ELIM
Shari IN HIGH LOW PT WIN IMM LOSE LOW WIN IMM HIGH IMM IN HIGH LOSE IN IN IN HIGH WIN IMM ELIM
7 Micah IN HIGH LOW PT IN HIGH WIN IMM LOSE IN HIGH IMM IN LOW WIN IMM IN IN LOW IN ELIM
8 Bri IN HIGH WIN IMM HIGH HIGH WIN IMM WIN IMM IN LOW LOW LOW LOSE LOW HIGH IN ELIM
9 Jamie WIN IMM PT IMM IN HIGH WIN IMM LOSE IN IN IN IN HIGH WIN IMM IN ELIM
10 Fred WIN IMM WIN IMM LOW LOW WIN IMM WIN IMM WIN IMM IN HIGH LOSE ELIM
11 Wuta IN LOW LOW LOW WIN IMM WIN IMM LOSE LOW HIGH IN IN ELIM
12 Renee WIN IMM LOW LOW IN HIGH WIN IMM WIN IMM IN LOW ELIM
13 Sam WIN IMM WIN IMM LOW LOW LOSE LOW WIN IMM IN ELIM
14 Keturah WIN IMM WIN IMM IN IN WIN IMM LOSE ELIM
15 Liz IN LOW WIN IMM LOW HIGH LOSE ELIM
Michael WIN IMM PT IMM HIGH WIN LOSE ELIM
17 Evan IN LOW WIN IMM HIGH ELIM
18 Kimberly IN HIGH LOW ELIM
19 Kenny IN ELIM
Deanna IN ELIM
     (WINNER) This cook won the competition.
     (RUNNER-UP) This cook finished as a runner-up in the finals.
     (WIN) The cook won the individual challenge (Mystery Box Challenge/Skills Test or Elimination Test).
     (WIN) The cook was on the winning team in the Team Challenge and directly advanced to the next round.
     (HIGH) The cook was one of the top entries in the individual challenge but didn't win.
     (IN) The cook wasn't selected as a top or bottom entry in an individual challenge.
     (IN) The cook wasn't selected as a top or bottom entry in a team challenge.
     (IMM) The cook didn't have to compete in that round of the competition and was safe from elimination.
     (NOM) The cook was on the winning team in the Team Challenge, but was selected to compete in the Pressure Test, and advanced.
     (PT) The cook was on the losing team in the Team Challenge, competed in the Pressure Test, and advanced.
     (NPT) The cook was on the losing team in the Team Challenge, did not compete in the Pressure Test, and advanced.
     (LOSE) The cook was on the losing team in the Team Challenge.
     (LOW) The cook was one of the bottom entries in an individual challenge or Pressure Test, and they advanced.
     (LOW) The cook was one of the bottom entries in the Team Challenge and they advanced.
     (ELIM) The cook was eliminated from MasterChef.


Ranking to advance per episode

Place Contestant Episode
3 4/5 6/7 8/9 10/11 12/13 14/15 16/17 18/19 20 21 22 23 24/25
1 Dorian 11 11 6 11 9 4 1 1 2 5 1 1 1 1
2 Sarah 1 12 12 9 8 5 2 1 2 2 1 1 1 2
3 Nick 1 1 1 1 1 5 6 5 1 2 4 4 1 3
4 Noah 1 1 9 9 12 5 6 5 2 6 4 1 4
5 Subha 1 15 14 11 1 5 10 5 2 1 6 5
6 Shari 11 12 1 13 1 2 2 5 2 2 1 6
7 Micah 11 14 11 1 11 3 6 1 2 6 7
8 Bri 11 1 5 1 1 11 6 9 2 8
9 Jamie 1 9 10 1 10 5 2 1 9
10 Fred 1 1 15 1 1 1 2 10
11 Wuta 16 16 1 1 12 5 11
12 Renee 1 16 8 1 1 11 12
13 Sam 1 1 15 13 1 13
14 Keturah 1 1 12 1 14
15 Liz 16 1 7 15
16 Michael 1 10 4 16
17 Evan 18 1 17
18 Kimberly 11 18
19 Kenny 19
20 Deanna 20

Episodes

Trivia

  • Casting call auditions commenced in fall of 2018. Filming began in mid-to-late February of 2019 and concluded in early April.
  • This is the first season, since Season 6 to be won by a female contestant.
    • At age 45, Dorian Hunter was the oldest winner in any season of the American series, as well as the second African-American winner.
  • This season's white apron battle auditions saw changes in its format, applicants had to receive a yes from all three judges to receive a white apron.
    • This season also introduced the Battle Pass, where the three judges each selected three contestants who failed to secure three yes's to cook head to head to head for the final apron.
  • This is the first season where a challenge occurred on the MasterChef patio.
  • This was the first time a season's wedding team challenge took place inside of the MasterChef kitchen.
  • This is the first season where a challenges occurred overseas, the Top 6 and Top 4 challenges being in England.
  • This is the third season where a contestant was eliminated outside of Los Angeles. In this case, three competitors were eliminated overseas in London, UK.
  • This season is tied with Season 4 for having the most episodes aired, of 25.
  • This is the third season to feature 20 contestants.
  • This season has the most number of special guest stars and guest judges.

References

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