Cooking MasterClass Discussion For MasterChef Season 5: The Top 22

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Boy, that was quick! We are already at the Top 22 showdown. I guess all the reality shows are on fast forward this season due to an overall ratings slump.

I am sure this show rates well in the Nielsons because it does deserve to be at the top of the heap.

The producers really understand the art of entertaining and have applied a creative and dramatic approach to this very competitive cooking show.

The pace is frantic but still leaves room for air. The camera work is very precise and extremely creative.

And make no mistake – this show is craftily edited. The sporadic interviews interspersed with the cooking challenges make for an exciting culinary ride.

Here are the names of the Top 22, courtesy of RealityRewind.Com:

Stephani Syfax-Shepherd, Server from Detroit, Mich.
Elizabeth Cauvel, Advertising Executive from Brooklyn, N.Y.
Francis Legge, Music Video Director from New York City, N.Y.
Jaimee Vitolo, Bakery Assistant from Queens, N.Y.
Christine Silverstein, Investment Director from Yonkers, N.Y.
Whitney Bray, Call Center Representative from Columbus, Ohio
Tyler Viars, Hunting Sales Manager from Wilmington, Ohio
Kira Novak, Medical Recruiter from Youngstown, Ohio
Courtney Lapresi, Aerial Dancer from Philadelphia, Pa.
Cutter Brewer, Petroleum Landman from Beaumont, Texas
Willie Mike, Church Music Director from Houston, Texas
Victoria Scroggins, Bartender from San Angelo, Texas
Jordan Kaminski, College Student from Muskego, Wis.
Elise Mayfield, e-Learning Administrator from Birmingham, Ala.
Gordon Houston, Law Student Graduate from Irvine, Calif.
Daniel McGuffey, Video Game Designer from Los Angeles, Calif.
Leslie Gilliams, Stay-At-Home Dad from Malibu, Calif.
Ahran Cho, High School Student from Palo Alto, Calif.
Francis Biondi, Server from Orlando, Fla.
Dan Wu, Unemployed from Lexington, Ky.
Astrid Lavenia, Food Sales from Mandeville, La.
Christian Green, Sales Representative from New Orleans, La.

MasterChef airs Monday, June 2nd on Fox at 8:00 PM.

Any cooks out there? Luca Manfe, winner of the MasterChef Season 4 title? We need you.

Oh, and speaking of Luca, you can purchase his book –My Italian Kitchen: Favorite Family Recipes from the Winner of MasterChef Season 4 on FOXfrom Amazon or IBooks.

Comments are now open for business. Let’s get cooking!!

About Masterclass Lady

Rosanne (Giallonardo) Simunovic began her musical career in Timmins, Ontario. She studied piano with Anne Pizzale and later, at an advanced level, with Soeur Anita Vaugeois (Sister Cecile of Les Soeurs De L’Assomption in Timmins). Her vocal and accompaniment skills were nurtured by her aunt, the late Dorothea Mascioli. When Rosanne graduated from O’Gorman High School, she moved on to the University of Toronto where she continued her piano and vocal studies while attaining a Bachelor of Arts Degree. She was hired as a piano accompanist for several musical companies, most notably, the National Ballet Of Canada. She presently holds an A.R.C.T. Teacher’s Diploma in Voice from the Royal Conservatory of Music in Toronto. Rosanne has studied choral conducting with numerous well known Canadian Conductors, including Wayne Riddell of Montreal, Quebec and the internationally renowned Dr. Elmer Iseler. She has been a founding member of numerous community-based arts organizations: the Timmins Arts Council, later known as Arts & Culture Timmins, the Timmins Symphony Orchestra, and, the Timmins Youth Singers…as well as the TYS Alumnus choir, the Timmins Concert Singers. In 1987, she was also selected to be the conductor of the Timmins Board Of Education Choir, comprised of talented students from Grades 5 to 8. In 1988, she was elected to the Board Of Directors of the Ontario Choral Federation (now known as Choirs Ontario), where she served as Chair of the Festivals Committee for six consecutive seasons. In 1996, in honour of the Ontario Choral Federation’s 25th Anniversary, Rosanne was selected as one of 25 recipients of the OCF’s Distinguished Service Award for outstanding contribution to the choral art. The ceremony was presided by Lieutenant Governor, Hal Jackman. In November 1997, Rosanne Simunovic was selected by the Rotary Club Of Timmins to receive the prestigious Paul Harris Award for her years of dedication to the artistic development of young musical talent in Timmins. In August of 2002, Rosanne Simunovic was selected by the Board Of Directors of Choirs Ontario to serve as Conductor of both the Provincial Junior and Teen Choir Camps, now renamed in honour of the Camp Benefactors, Don and Lillian Wright. In November 2002, Rosanne was the one of the recipients of the Commemorative Medal for the Golden Jubilee of Queen Elizabeth II, honouring her work in the development of the arts in Timmins. Under Rosanne Simunovic’s direction, the Timmins Youth Singers and the Timmins Concert Singers have been featured in numerous choral festivals and performing opportunities outside of Timmins. In 1985, they were selected to partici

2 Responses to “Cooking MasterClass Discussion For MasterChef Season 5: The Top 22”

  1. Sorry, I have never watched even one of the cooking shows, but I do believe there are a lot of people who enjoy them. The music and dance shows keep me busy!


  2. KariAnn. – you can’t watch everything. Otherwise, we would never sleep. Ha! I started watching MasterChef on the advice of my youngest daughter and became hooked. It is an incredibly produced show. There is a storyline throughout each segment. Pretty amazing.


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