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Shayne Wells, also known as Shayne the Train, was a contestant on Season 5 of MasterChef Junior and Season 12 of MasterChef. On Season 5 Junior, he ranked in 3rd place with Adam, and on Season 12, he ranked in 16th place.


Season 5

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

Competition History

Week 3 In/Immune
Week 4 Immune/Win
Week 5 Win
Week 6 In/Immune
Week 7 In/Low
Week 8 Immune
Week 9 Low
Week 10 In/In
Week 11 In/In
Week 12 Win/Low
Week 13 Win
Week 14 In/Eliminated

MasterChef Season 12

Episode 2

Competition History

Week 4 In
Week 5 In
Week 6 Win
Week 7 In
Week 8 Eliminated

Post MasterChef

  • In 2021, he graduated from Klein Collins High School


Season 5

  • At 13, he, Mashu and Mark are the oldest contestants of Season 5.
  • He can play football and was part of a football team

MasterChef Season 12

  • At 18, he is the youngest contestant of the season.
  • He is the second contestant, first male contestant who received lesser bottom entries during their second run on the show, following Samantha (Season 12)


Season 5

  • "They call me 'Shayne the Train', cause I like finding the biggest guy and then going right at him."

MasterChef Season 12

  • "It's been 5 years. I've grown up a lot, I mean, I don't have a mohawk, I started college, and I am working at a Vietnamese barbecue fusion restaurant. I feel like I have unfinished business in the MasterChef kitchen and I am ready to prove Chef Shayne the Train is here to stay."
  • (After receiving his apron) "Man, am I excited. It feels so good to be competing with the adults. We're grown, and it's time to play with the big dogs. It's time for the big dogs to play with me."
  • "I'm so excited to be in the Top 20. I'm not a kid anymore. I'm not the same Junior that was here last time. I'm an adult now, and, man, I am back to win."
  • Gordon: "What do you think you'll be growing up? Are you gonna be a gin or tonic man?" Shayne: "I have no clue. Right now, I'm a water kind of guy."
  • (After Gordon Ramsay admits he likes vegan food) "Are you serious? Mr. Beef Wellington likes vegetables by themselves? This just sounds like a bad nightmare."
  • "The MasterChef Garden is incredible, but why couldn't we have some meat on ice out there? We couldn't have a couple of turkey legs or some steaks out there? Like, come on."
  • (About the Southern Fusion challenge) "Gordon and the judges tell us that we have to pick the country we are fusing Southern food with from a globe. This globe holds the future of what I'm gonna be making. If you say that out loud a couple times, it's a little crazy."
  • (After being eliminated) "The thing I've learned throughout this competition is you can't let your losses define you. I'm proud that I was able to build up the courage to come here again and to compete against adults, it's a milestone in itself. I'm confident, I know that this industry is meant for me, Shayne the Train out."


Junior Season 5

Season 12

External links


MasterChef U.S. Season 12: Back to Win
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