‘Masterchef’ 2016 Cast: Meet the Season 7 Contestants

"Masterchef" 2016 Cast

Season 7 of Masterchef premieres tonight at 8 p.m. on FOX with the top 40 contestants competing to win an apron as an official 2016 cast member. Chef Gordon Ramsay and Christina Tosi return as judges with rotating guest judges subbing in for former judge Graham Elliott, who has left the show. Below is a list of the top 40 contestants and feel free to click through our gallery of some of the notable cooks competing on the premiere episode.


TOP 40 CONTESTANTS


Alejandro Toro: Age 27 from Miami, Florida; works as a Voice-Over Artist


Andrea Galan: Age 20 from Miami, Florida; is currently a Student


Ashley Travers: Age 23 from Pauma Valley, California; is a Small Business Owner


Barbara Savage: Age 40 from Denver, Colorado; works as an Investigator


Bill Travers: is from Pauma Valley, California and he is Retired


Brandi Mudd: Age 27 from Irvington, Kentucky; works as a 5th Grade Teacherv
Brian Schneble: is from West Bloomfield, Michigan; works as a Senior Business Manager


Brittany Craig: Age 22 from New Hartford, New York; works as a Server


Caitlin Meade: is from Chicago, Illinois; works as a Nutritionist


Cassie Peterson: is from Clear Lake, Iowa; works as a Bakery Clerk


Corey Rice: Age 35 from Chicago, Illinois; works as a Computer Tech/Hotel Front Desk Rep


D’Andre Balaoing: Age 25 from Las Vegas, Nevada; works as a Bartender


Dan Paustian: is from a Charlotte, North Carolina where he works as a Server


David Williams: Age 35 from Las Vegas, Nevada; works as a Poker Player


Diamond Alexander: Age 24 from San Diego, California; works as a Web Designer


Diana Bilow: is from Plainfield, Illinois; works as a Server


Eric Howard: Age 26 from Queens, New York; works as a Fireman


Freddy Coleman: is from Milwaukee, Wisconsin and works as a Fireman


Gina Ruccione: is from Long Beach, California; works as a Food Blogger


James Woods: is from Las Vegas, Nevada; works as a Trucker


Jessica McPhaul: is from Dallas, Texas; works as a Yoga Teacher


Joe Russo: is from Brooklyn, New York; works as a Fireman


Joe Pickens: is from Philadelphia, Pennsylvania; workds as a Sales Rep


Katie Dixon: is from Hattiesburg, Mississippi; works as a Personal Trainer & Retail Associate


Lisa-Ann Marchesi: Age 27 from Gillette, New Jersey; works as a Insurance Manager


Manny Washington: is from Orlando, Florida and works as a Fireman


Nathan Barnhouse: Age 20 from Slippery Rock, Pennsylvania; works as a Tuxedo Salesman


Neco Washington: is from Detroit, Michigan; works as a Nail Technician


Samson Kohanski: is from Los Angeles, California and works as a Mixologist


Shaun O’Neale: is from Las Vegas, Nevada and works as a DJ


Shawn Norris: is from Las Vegas, Nevada; works as a Restaurant Manager


Shelby Reid: is from Newport, Kentucky; works as a Lifeguard


Takeila Peebles: is from Park Forest, Illinois; works as a Nail Technician


Tanorria Askew: is from Chattanooga, Tennessee; works as a Credit Union Coordinator


Taylor Waltmon: is from Austin, Texas; works as a Digital Marketer


Terry Mueller: is from Long Island, New York; works as a Handyman


Tricia Crivello: is from San Diego, California; works as a Insurance Broker


Will Staten: is from Las Vegas, Nevada; works as a Karate Teacher


Zac Fallon: is from Knoxville, Tennessee and works as a Musician


Zack Wilson: is from Belleville, Michigan; works as a Construction Worker


Now click through our contestants gallery to get to know some of the people heating things up in the kitchen tonight.

(Photo Credit: Greg Gayne. © 2016 FOX Broadcasting Co.)