MasterChef (U.S. season 2)

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MasterChef (U.S. season 2)
Country of origin United States
No. of episodes 20
Release
Original network Fox
Original release June 6 (2011-06-06) – August 16, 2011 (2011-08-16)
Season chronology
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Season 2 of the American competitive reality TV series MasterChef had a two-night premiere on Fox on June 6 and 7, 2011.[1]

Jennifer Behm, a former Miss USA contestant, was the winner of this season of MasterChef. Unlike the previous winner, Behm's prize did not include a cookbook deal.[2]


Top 18[edit]

Contestant Age Hometown Occupation Status Winnings
Jennifer Behm[3][4] 34 Wilmington, Delaware Realtor Winner August 16 7
Adrien Nieto 28 Ventura, California Server Runner-Up August 16 8
Christian Collins 31 Gloucester, Massachusetts Stay-at-home dad Eliminated August 16 7
Susan "Suzy" Singh[5] 27 Chicago, Illinois Neural Engineer Eliminated August 15 6
Benjamin "Ben" Starr[6] 33 Dallas, Texas Travel Writer Eliminated August 9 5
Tracy Kontos[7] 32 Coral Springs, Florida Sales Consultant Eliminated August 8 6
Derrick Prince [8] 33 West Babylon, New York Web Designer/Blogger Eliminated August 2 3
Christine Corley 27 Sopchoppy, Florida Single Mom 4
Alejandra Schrader[9][10] 37 Playa del Rey, California Architect/Urban Planner Eliminated July 26 2
Giuseppe Morisco 38 Chicago, Illinois Granite Salesman Eliminated July 19 3
Erryn Cobb[11] 26 Chicago, Illinois Public Relations Eliminated July 18 3
Esther Kang 28 Los Angeles, California Lawyer Eliminated July 11 1
Jennifer "Jennie" Kelley[12] 37 Dallas, Texas Musician Eliminated July 5 1
Max Kramer 18 New York, New York College Student Eliminated June 28 1
Alvin Schultz 28 Houston, Texas Retail Manager Eliminated June 27 1
Anthony "Tony" Scruggs 52 Grant Park, Illinois Trucker Eliminated June 21 0
Mark Raffaeli[13] 35 Chicago, Illinois Realtor Eliminated June 20 0
Angel Moore-Soukkay 37 Columbus, Ohio Property Manager 0

Elimination table[edit]

Place Contestant Episode
5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20
1 Jennifer IN IN LOW LOW IN WIN WIN IN PT WIN LOW WIN IN LOW PT WIN IN PT HIGH LOW WIN LOW IN WINNER
2 Adrien IN IN WIN WIN IN NPT HIGH LOW WIN IN LOW WIN WIN IN PT HIGH IN LOW HIGH LOW WIN WIN WIN RUNNER-UP
3 Christian WIN IMM PT IN IN WIN LOW WIN WIN IN IN WIN HIGH WIN PT IN IN WIN IN LOW PT HIGH ELIM
4 Suzy HIGH IN WIN IN IN WIN IN IN LOW IN IN PT IN LOW WIN HIGH WIN WIN IN WIN ELIM
5 Ben LOW IN WIN IN IN NPT IN WIN PT IN IN PT HIGH IN WIN IN LOW WIN WIN ELIM
6 Tracy IN IN PT HIGH WIN WIN IN IN PT IN WIN WIN IN IN WIN IN WIN ELIM
7 Derrick IN WIN WIN IN IN NPT IN IN WIN HIGH IN LOW IN IN PT IN ELIM
Christine IN IN WIN IN IN PT IN IN LOW IN IN WIN IN WIN WIN IN ELIM
9 Alejandra IN IN PT HIGH IN WIN HIGH LOW WIN HIGH IN PT IN ELIM
10 Giuseppe IN IN PT IN IN WIN IN IN WIN IN WIN ELIM
11 Erryn IN LOW WIN IN IN WIN IN IN WIN IN ELIM
12 Esther IN IN LOW IN WIN NPT IN IN ELIM
13 Jennie HIGH IN WIN IN LOW NPT IN ELIM
14 Max IN WIN PT IN LOW ELIM
15 Alvin IN IN WIN IN ELIM
16 Tony IN IN ELIM
17 Mark IN ELIM
Angel IN ELIM
     (WINNER) This cook won the competition.
     (RUNNER-UP) This cook finished in second place.
     (WIN) The cook won the individual challenge (Mystery Box Challenge 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.
     (IMM) The cook didn't have to compete in that round of competition and was safe from elimination.
     (PT) The cook was on the losing team in the Team Challenge, competed 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.
     (LOW) The cook was one of the bottom entries in an individual challenge but wasn't the last person to advance.
     (LOW) The cook was one of the bottom entries in an individual challenge and was the last person to advance.
     (ELIM) The cook was eliminated from MasterChef.

Episodes[edit]

Episode 1[edit]

  • Original airdate: Monday June 6, 2011
  • Audition 1:

Episode 2[edit]

  • Original airdate: Tuesday June 7, 2011
  • Audition 2:

Episode 3[edit]

  • Original airdate: Monday June 13, 2011
  • Audition 3:

Episode 4[edit]

  • Original airdate: Tuesday June 14, 2011
  • Top 38 Basic Skills Challenge: The 38 contestants must demonstrate their knife work by creating perfectly even slices of green apple. They must continue slicing until stopped by one of the judges, when they find out if they are going through or going home. Twenty-four contestants remained after this round.
  • Top 24 Invention Test: The remaining contestants must prepare a meal using chicken. Kyle, Aaron, Rhonda, Joey, Albert and Seby failed. The other 18 made the grade.

Episode 5[edit]

  • Original airdate: Monday June 20, 2011
  • Mystery Box Challenge 1: The contestants had to prepare a dish using only the Mystery Box ingredients. Ben's dish earned him last place in the challenge. Suzy, Christian, and Jennie had the best dishes. Christian won the challenge. His prize was to choose the style of food that everyone would cook for the elimination challenge.
  • Challenge winner/Immune: Christian Collins
  • Elimination Challenge 1: The theme for this challenge was the cuisine of Europe. Christian chose French cuisine and also received safety from elimination and the others had one hour to make their French dish. Derrick and Max had the best dishes and would become team captains in the next challenge. Giuseppe, Suzy, Alejandra, Jennie, and Christine are judged to have done enough to move on.
  • Winners: Derrick Prince and Max Kramer
  • Bottom three: Angel Moore-Soukkay, Erryn Cobb and Mark Raffaeli
  • Angel became the first to be sent home. The judges then told Erryn and Mark that there would be a double elimination before sending Mark home.
  • Eliminated: Angel Moore-Soukkay and Mark Raffaeli

Episode 6[edit]

  • Original airdate: Tuesday June 21, 2011
  • Team Challenge 1: The contestants were split into two teams: the Red Team consisting of Derrick, Ben, Adrien, Erryn, Jennie, Suzy, Christine, and Alvin; and the Blue Team consisting of Max, Jennifer, Giuseppe, Esther, Tony, Alejandra, Christian and Tracy . The teams had to create a five-course meal for 350 office workers in the building. The service had to consist of soup, a salad, pizza, a special entrée and dessert. At the end of service, each diner would vote for their favorite dish. The Red Team wins and send the Blue Team to the first Pressure Test of the season.
  • Team Challenge Winners/Immune: Adrien Nieto, Alvin Schultz, Ben Starr, Christine Corley, Derrick Prince, Erryn Cobb, Jennie Kelley and Suzy Singh
  • Pressure Test 1: The Blue Team members had to an hour to cook ravioli from scratch. Alejandra, Max, Tracy, Giuseppe and Christian were the first five to be sent to safety for producing good enough raviolis.
  • Bottom three: Esther Kang, Jennifer Behm and Tony Scruggs
  • Esther was deemed safe, leaving Jennifer and Tony as the bottom two. Tony was the third contestant to be sent home this season.
  • Eliminated: Tony Scruggs

Episode 7[edit]

  • Original airdate: Monday June 27, 2011
  • Mystery Box Challenge 2: The contestants had to prepare a dish using only the Mystery Box ingredients. Alejandra, Adrien and Tracy landed in the top three. Adrien won and got the opportunity to choose the theme for himself, and then everyone else in the elimination challenge.
  • Challenge Winner: Adrien Nieto
  • Elimination Challenge 2: The theme for the challenge was dessert. He chose nuts for himself and coffee for everyone else to use. The contestants had 90 minutes to prepare a dessert. Tracy and Esther were declared the top two and became team captains for the next challenge. Adrien, Christine, Alejandra, Suzy, and Jennifer's desserts are deemed good enough to move on.
  • Winners: Esther Kang and Tracy Kontos
  • Bottom three: Alvin Schultz, Jennie Kelley and Max Kramer
  • Jennie's dish was declared the best of the worst and was deemed safe. Alvin was eliminated.
  • Eliminated: Alvin Schultz

Episode 8[edit]

  • Original airdate: Tuesday June 28, 2011
  • Team Challenge 2: The contestants were split into two teams: the Blue Team consisting of Tracy, Suzy, Giuseppe, Christian, Jennifer, Erryn, and Alejandra, and the Red Team consisting of Esther, Max, Ben, Christine, Jennie, Derrick, and Adrien. They were given 90 minutes to prepare sausage sandwiches for 101 bikers who would vote on which one was the best. The Blue Team received 51 votes first for the win, sending the Red Team to the Pressure Test.
  • Team Challenge Winners/Immune: Alejandra Schrader, Christian Collins, Erryn Cobb, Giuseppe Morisco, Jennifer Behm, Suzy Singh and Tracy Kontos
  • Pressure Test 2: Chef Ramsay announced that only two chefs would compete in the pressure test. He asked Esther to choose the two chefs most responsible for the loss to which she said Max and Christine.
  • Immune: Adrien Nieto, Ben Starr, Derrick Prince, Esther Kang and Jennie Kelley
  • Bottom two: Christine Corley and Max Kramer
  • In the Pressure Test, Max and Christine were given three filets of steak to cook rare, medium, and well done. Christine was deemed safe Max's was eliminated.
  • Eliminated: Max Kramer

Episode 9[edit]

  • Original airdate: Tuesday July 5, 2011
  • Mystery Box Challenge 3: The Mystery Box contained items used to create a vegetarian entrée. Jennifer, Adrien and Alejandra landed in the top three, and Jennifer won the challenge.
  • Challenge Winner: Jennifer Behm
  • Elimination Challenge 3: Jennifer was given three dishes cooked by last year's MasterChef winner Whitney Miller to choose from for everybody to cook. She chose a catfish dish. The contestants had to recreate the dish with no recipe while Jennifer was given a basket of all ingredients needed to cook the dish. Christian and Ben were declared the best and became captains in the next team challenge.
  • Winners: Ben Starr and Christian Collins
  • Bottom three: Adrien Nieto, Alejandra Schrader and Jennie Kelley
  • Jennie's dish fell short of the mark leading to her elimination.
  • Eliminated: Jennie Kelley

Episode 10[edit]

  • Original airdate: Monday July 11, 2011
  • Team Challenge 3: The contestants arrived at Gordon Ramsay's restaurant at the London West Hollywood hotel, where they were split up into teams by captains Christian and Ben. Ben's Blue Team consisted of Jennifer, Tracy, Esther, Suzy, and Christine, while Christian's Red Team consisted of Derrick, Adrien, Alejandra, Giuseppe, and Erryn. The teams were responsible for catering a Hollywood party and prepared hors d'oeuvres for all the guests. The winners would be decided per course by guests' votes. The Red Team took the starter with 64% of the votes, the Blue Team had a comeback on the entrée with a clean sweep of 100% of the votes, and the Red Team took the dessert course and the challenge with 53% of the vote, with the Blue Team up for the Pressure Test.
  • Team Challenge Winners/Immune: Adrien Nieto, Alejandra Schrader, Christian Collins, Derrick Prince, Erryn Cobb and Giuseppe Morisco
  • Pressure Test 3: Everyone on the Blue Team was given two hours to make a cake with a minimum of 6 layers. Ben's and Jennifer's were deemed the best, and Tracy's chiffon cake was also deemed delicious.
  • Bottom three: Christine Corley, Esther Kang and Suzy Singh
  • Christine was the first to be sent to safety. Suzy's was judged to be better than Esther's, and Esther was sent home.
  • Eliminated: Esther Kang

Episode 11[edit]

  • Original airdate: Monday July 18, 2011
  • Mystery Box Challenge 4: The contestants had a lobster in their Mystery Box. Derrick, Alejandra and Jennifer were the top three. Jennifer won.
  • Challenge Winner: Jennifer Behm
  • Elimination Challenge 4: In this challenge with an aphrodisiac theme, Jennifer got to pick from core ingredients for everyone to cook with. She picked truffle and was given the option to watch everyone cook but she decided to stay and cook with everyone else. Tracy and Giuseppe were the top two and named captains for the next team challenge.
  • Winners: Giuseppe Morisco and Tracy Kontos
  • Bottom three: Adrien Nieto, Erryn Cobb and Jennifer Behm
  • Jennifer was deemed safe. Erryn was eliminated.
  • Eliminated: Erryn Cobb

Episode 12[edit]

  • Original airdate: Tuesday July 19, 2011
  • Team Challenge 4: Tracy led the Blue team, with Adrien, Jennifer, Christian, and Christine as her brigade, and Giuseppe led the Red team, with Alejandra, Ben, Suzy, and Derrick as his brigade. The team captains were able to spend a few minutes alone with the judges' mothers to find out what they liked, as they were the judges for this contest. The Blue Team won the challenge.
  • Team Challenge Winners/Immune: Adrien Nieto, Christian Collins, Christine Corley, Jennifer Behm and Tracy Kontos
  • Pressure Test 4: The Red Team were given 30 minutes to create the perfect Eggs Benedict. Ben and Suzy were the only two to cook competent dishes.
  • Bottom three: Alejandra Schrader, Derrick Prince and Giuseppe Morisco
  • Giuseppe was eliminated.
  • Eliminated: Giuseppe Morisco

Episode 13[edit]

  • Original airdate: Tuesday July 26, 2011
  • Mystery Box Challenge 5: The contestants found some hand-dived scallops in their Mystery Boxes. The top three consisted of Christian, Adrien and Ben. Adrien's dish won.
  • Challenge Winner: Adrien Nieto
  • Elimination Challenge 5: Adrien got to choose between nine different cuts of pork, ranging from easy to hard. He chose double cut pork chops for himself, pork belly for Suzy, cheeks for Christian, ground pork for Jennifer, bacon for Tracy, baby back ribs for Christine, boneless center cut pork loin for Alejandra, pork butt for Ben, and St. Louis style ribs for Derrick. The contestants only got one hour to cook their pork dish. Christian and Christine were named team captains for the next challenge for having the best dishes. Derrick, Ben, Adrien, and Tracy were judged to have done enough to move on.
  • Winners: Christian Collins and Christine Corley
  • Bottom three: Alejandra Schrader, Jennifer Behm and Suzy Singh
  • Alejandra was eliminated.
  • Eliminated: Alejandra Schrader

Episode 14[edit]

  • Original airdate: Monday August 1, 2011
  • Team Challenge 5: The teams must cater for a children's party. The Red team consists of Christine, Ben, Suzy, and Tracy. The Blue team consists of Christian, Adrien, Jennifer, and Derrick. Their menus had to contain a slider and a side dish. The Red Team received the most votes.
  • Team Challenger Winners/Immune: Ben Starr, Christine Corley, Suzy Singh and Tracy Kontos
  • Pressure Test 5: Christian, Jennifer, Derrick and Adrien faced a soufflé challenge, in which they were given 90 minutes to cook their best cheese soufflé. The judges thought every contestant's soufflé was delicious, therefore no one was eliminated.
  • Eliminated: None

Episode 15[edit]

  • Original airdate: Tuesday August 2, 2011
  • Mystery Box Challenge 6: In a Mystery Box, contestants were to cook a dish with core ingredients of beef and seafood. Adrien, Jennifer and Suzy landed in the top three and it was Jennifer's dish that won.
  • Challenge Winner: Jennifer Behm
  • Elimination Challenge 6: Jennifer got to pick from the three judges' childhood favorite dishes. She picked Gordon's tomato soup and grilled cheese sandwich, and the contestants had 45 minutes to turn it into a gourmet dish. Suzy and Tracy had the best dishes and earned the title of team captains for the next challenge.
  • Winners: Suzy Singh and Tracy Kontos
  • Bottom three: Ben Starr, Christine Corley and Derrick Prince
  • Christine is eliminated. The judges then announce a surprise double elimination, and Derrick was eliminated.
  • Eliminated: Christine Corley and Derrick Prince

Episode 16[edit]

  • Original airdate: Monday August 8, 2011
  • Team Challenge 6: The top six were taken to Patina restaurant in Los Angeles, where they had to run a dinner service. Tracy selected Adrien and Jennifer as her Blue Team, and Christian and Ben cooked with Suzy in the Red Team. The Red Team was declared the winner.
  • Team Challenge Winners/Immune: Ben Starr, Christian Collins and Suzy Singh
  • Pressure Test Elimination 6: Tracy, Jennifer and Adrien faced off in a Pressure Test with a salmon theme. They were to correctly fillet a whole salmon and cut it into at least ten portions. They then had to cook one portion and serve it to the judges. Jennifer performed best overall.
  • Bottom two: Adrien Nieto and Tracy Kontos
  • Tracy was eliminated.
  • Eliminated: Tracy Kontos

Episode 17[edit]

  • Original airdate: Tuesday August 9. 2011
  • Mystery Box Challenge 7: The contestants were given three kinds of ground meat as a core ingredient for a dish of their choosing with other ingredients from the box, which they had to cook within 60 minutes. The top three consisted of Jennifer, Adrien and Ben, with Ben's emerging triumphant.
  • Challenge Winner: Ben Starr
  • Elimination Challenge 7: Ben got to pick one of Gordon Ramsay's signature dishes for everyone to cook. He also got to ask Gordon three questions about the recipe, with no recipe given to the other contestants. Suzy's dish was deemed the overall best.
  • Winner: Suzy Singh
  • Bottom two: Adrien Nieto and Ben Starr
  • Ben was eliminated.
  • Eliminated: Ben Starr

Episode 18[edit]

  • Original airdate: Monday August 15, 2011
  • Team Challenge 7: The top four were divided in two teams and cooked a dish for the judges, who were joined by 3 judges from international versions of MasterChef. Suzy was allowed to pick which of the other three chefs she wanted to work with, and chose Christian for her Red Team. Jennifer and Adrien's dish earned the Blue Team the win for this challenge.
  • Team Challenge Winners/Immune: Adrien Nieto and Jennifer Behm
  • Pressure Test 7: Suzy and Christian went head-to-head and were given 90 minutes to recreate a lemon meringue pie. Suzy's pie fell short of the mark.
  • Eliminated: Suzy Singh

Episode 19[edit]

  • Original airdate: Tuesday August 16, 2011
  • Mystery Box Challenge 8: The final three chefs were asked to cook a dish using chicken in one hour. Adrien won the challenge.
  • Challenge Winner: Adrien Nieto
  • Elimination Challenge 8: Adrien, Jennifer and Christian were shown ingredients that were three of Joe's favorites. Adrien got to choose his ingredient and chose the octopus. Christian then got the chance to choose both his and Jennifer's ingredient for their entrees. Christian chose veal leaving Jennifer with mushrooms. Adrien was the winner.
  • Winner: Adrien Nieto
  • Bottom two: Christian Collins and Jennifer Behm
  • Jennifer was declared the second finalist, while Christian was sent home.
  • Eliminated: Christian Collins

Episode 20[edit]

  • Original airdate: Tuesday August 16, 2011
  • Season Final: Adrien and Jennifer faced off in a single challenge to determine who wins the title of MasterChef and $250,000. They were given two hours to create a three-course menu of their choosing.
  • Starter: Jennifer's starter was Pan Seared Scallops with Quail Egg, Creamed Corn and Pea Puree. Adrien's dish was Spot Prawn Taquitos with Avocado Sauce, Masago and Micro Greens
  • Entree: Jennifer's entree was Stuffed Quail with Creamy Potatoes and Spinach, and Adrien's was Beer Braised Short Ribs with Cauliflower-Parsnip Puree and Rainbow Chard.
  • Dessert: Jennifer's dish was Braised Pear with Poached Apples and Mascarpone, and Adrien's was Flourless Chocolate Cake Infused with Blood Orange, Passion Fruit and Chipotle.
  • Final Two: Adrien Nieto and Jennifer Behm
  • Jennifer was pronounced the winner of the competition, taking away $250,000 and the MasterChef title.
  • MasterChef Winner: Jennifer Behm

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Fox-TV MasterChef home page". Retrieved June 11, 2011. 
  2. ^ ""MasterChef" Jennifer Behm Finds Success with Launch of Pink Martini Catering in Wilmington". Retrieved 2016-12-08. 
  3. ^ Behm, Jennifer. "LinkedIn Profile". Retrieved July 16, 2011. 
  4. ^ Behm, Jennifer. "ReMax Realty Profile". Retrieved July 16, 2011. 
  5. ^ "Chef Suzy Singh Web Site". Retrieved June 20, 2011. 
  6. ^ "Ben Starr's Web Site". Retrieved August 8, 2011. 
  7. ^ "Tracy Kontos's Web Site". Retrieved June 20, 2011. 
  8. ^ http://www.borntobraisehell.com
  9. ^ "Alejandra Schrader's Web Site". 
  10. ^ "Alejandra Schrader's Blog". 
  11. ^ Cobb, Erryn. "LinkedIn Profile". Retrieved June 20, 2011. 
  12. ^ "Jennie Kelley's Web Site". Retrieved December 14, 2012. 
  13. ^ Raffaelli, Mark. "LinkedIn Profile". Retrieved June 20, 2011.