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I cook how I look: bold, tough, daring. I'm very, very confident in who I am, and, you know, when you feel good and you look good, you cook good.

Shanika Patterson was a contestant on Seasons 9 and 12 of MasterChef, On Season 9, she was mentored by Joe Bastianich and ranked in 8th place, and on Season 12, she ranked in 4th place.

Personality

Shanika showed off a lot of passion throughout her stay in the competition and was shown to be a strong cook individually. However, during team challenges, her teammates didn't consider her to be a team player, and distrusted her early on because of her perceived negative energy and outspoken behavior. However, how outspokenness has often helped her team on multiple occasions, as she was very supportive and could get her team out of trouble. She was also not afraid to speak her mind nor was she afraid to be confrontational and fight back with her teammates, and showed great integrity, calling out Chelsea's favoritism after a team challenge, and could be funny on some occasions. While she was a strong cook, she gave consistently mixed performances, as she often let her anger and emotions get to her, which led her doing poorly in a pasta replication Pressure Test that led to her elimination. She had some unwanted clashes and disagreements with most of the home cooks, specifically Julia, Samantha, Chelsea, and Emily, but got along the most with Bowen, who was the only contestant to even understand her.

Season 9

Episode 1

Episode 2

Episode 3

Episode 4

Episode 5

Episode 6

Episode 7

Episode 8

Episode 9

Episode 10

Episode 11

Episode 12

Episode 13

Episode 14

Episode 15

Episode 16

Episode 22/23

Competition History

Week 4 In/Immune
Week 5 In/Immune
Week 6 Low
Week 7 In/Low
Week 8 In
Week 9 In/Low
Week 10 In
Week 11 Win
Week 12 Win/Immune
Week 13 In/In
Week 14 Pressure Test
Week 15 In/In
Week 16 Eliminated

Season 12

Episode 1

Episode 4

Episode 5

Episode 6

Episode 7

Episode 8

Episode 9

Episode 10

Episode 11

Episode 12

Episode 13

Episode 14

Episode 15

Episode 16

Episode 17

Episode 18

Competition History

Week 4 High
Week 5 In
Week 6 Lose
Week 7 In
Week 8 In
Week 9 In
Week 10 Lose
Week 11 In
Week 12 Win
Week 13 Immune
Week 14 Win
Week 15 Immune
Week 16 Low
Week 17 Lose
Week 18 In/Eliminated

Post MasterChef

  • After her appearance, she is a private chef offering private dining experiences and she has hosted a number of pop up cookery events.
  • In 2021, she started attending culinary school at The Culinary Institute of America.

Trivia

Season 9

Season 12

  • She is the fourth contestant, and the third female contestant to make it further in the competition during her second run, ranking 8th in Season 9, and ranking at 4th in Season 12, following Michael, Amanda and Emily.
  • She is the seventh contestant who received lesser bottom entries during their second run on the show, Following Samantha, Shayne, Bri, Gabriel, Bowen and Derrick (All from Season 12)

Quotes

Season 9

  • (About the Crab Skills Test) "I literally risked my life today. My competitors know now that I'm willing to risk anything to get that title. I didn't come to play, I came to slay, and I slayed that crab. Poor Crab."
  • (During the Brewery Team Challenge) "Oh, my God. Chelsea has got to be the worst team captain ever. We don't have chicken, and we have people. We have hungry people that are standing there."
  • (After losing a team challenge) "When you lose, it kinda sucks, but at the end of the day, I'm not kissing nobody's behind to be safe. If something is wrong, I'm gonna say how I feel and that is it, so whatever's gonna happen today, it's gonna happen."
  • (After being eliminated) "I don't wanna go home, but I'm super proud of how far I've come. Before this competition, I didn't have any fancy schooling. Everything that I knew I taught myself, but MasterChef has pushed me and tested me like I've never even imagined before. It's set fire in me, so world watch out."

Season 12

  • "Come on, MasterChef gods. Why you doing this to me? Everyone knows Emily and I have history. Last time we saw each other, I sent her home, so you know she's not coming to play."
  • "60 minutes is good enough for one dish, but now we gotta make three? And then they gotta be identical? I wasn't prepared for that?"
  • "I was sent home on pasta. It sparked a fire in me and I went home and practiced making pasta so many times and I was just determined to make sure that if I ever ran into any mistakes, how I need to fix it."
  • "As the judges walk around critiquing everyone's plate, it's worse than I remember. You kind of forget what it feels like, but it's terrifying. The judges are holding everyone to a higher bar. Nobody's safe at this point. To go home on your first cook, it'll be tragic for anybody in this kitchen tonight."
  • "Gin tastes like poison. To me."
  • (About Emily) "I don't wanna be on a team with Emily because the last time I was on a team with Emily, she called me sassy. Emily thinks she knows everything, and I don't want back and forth with Emily today."
  • (About Alejandro) "It seems that Alejandro wants to be the leader and the cook, but he should be in everything right now. But Alejandro just refuses to leave his station. It's like a dog with a bone, like, 'it's mine, it's mine'."
  • (After being eliminated) "I was one dish away from making it to the finale, but I do feel proud. Even though the competition was tougher this time around, I have soared in this kitchen. I have earned the respect of the judges, I got two back-to-back immunity pins, and I cooked with pure passion this time around. It’s been an amazing ride. If asked, would I do this again? Hell yeah, I would. And again, and again. I became one of the Top 4, of the best, of the best, of the best. I’m a very proud woman right now. You would think I won. Because I did. I won the hearts of America, I know y’all loved me."

Gallery

Season 9

Season 12

External links

References

MasterChef U.S. Season 9
Judges
Gordon RamsayAarón SánchezJoe Bastianich
Contestants
Cesar CanoRyan CortezJuni CuevasSamantha DailyJulia DannoRalph Xavier DegalaLindsay HaighEmily HallockSid HoeltzellMatt HouckGerron HurtMark IngrahamDarrick KrauseBowen LiSal MaidaAshley MinceyFarhan MominOlusola OgbomoShanika PattersonChelsea SargentTaylor WaltmonStephanie WillisAlecia WintersSJ Yun
MasterChef U.S. Season 12: Back to Win
Judges
Gordon RamsayAarón SánchezJoe Bastianich
Contestants
Bri BakerFred ChangSamantha DailyShelly FlashDerrick FoxChristian GreenEmily HallockStephen LeeGabriel LewisBowen LiCate MeadeWillie MikeBrandi MuddShanika PattersonAmanda SaabMichael SilversteinAlejandro ValdiviaTommy WaltonShayne WellsDara Yu
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