Book for sale May 19, 2015 and available at Amazon. Let’s go down the list, starting with the first eliminated and through to the season’s winner. Of the 22 contestants who made it through the initial cut in the kitchen, Astrid Lavenia was the first to go home. MC bio, who went home after her Caribbean-Asian style meatloaf failed to impress the judges. She is now apparently living in Cincinatti and working as a personal chef—for the Cincinatti Bengals player A. Gordon Houston, the law student from Irvine California, mysteriously withdrew from the competition before the next challenge, due to an undisclosed illness. She now has a website, Cooking with Kira, where she offers her services as a personal chef and personalized cooking classes in the Chicago area. Jordan Kaminski was the 19 year old college student from Wisconsin, who overcooked his steak in a steak frites elimination test and also had limp fries. Jordan is still in school but working part time for a catering company.
After his elimination, he launched his website Cooking With Confidence, and now offers cooking classes and pop up dinner events in the Orlando area. Dan Wu from Kentucky was eliminated next for the strange texture of his red velvet cake. Alabama, was eliminated due to her continued poor performance in the competition and bad pasta entree when given a basket full of great Italian ingredients. Christine Silverstein, an investment director from Yonkers New York, was sent packing when her box of chocolate truffles didn’t make the cut. Francis Legge, the Scottish music video director from New York City with a love for molecular gastronomy, went home when his caramelle pasta was more style than substance according to the judges. Victoria Scroggins, the bartender from Texas, went home after a pressure test involving three preparations of prawns. Ahran Cho was the youngest competitor of the season, only 18 years old and still in high school at the time of filming.
She was eliminated in the same prawn pressure test as Victoria. Willie Mike was an early fan favorite in season 5, the church music director from Houston, Texas who stumbled in a tag-team dim sum pressure test. He hasn’t been keeping up a high online profile since then, but in a Tweet on March 10th of this year he announced that he is currently working on a cookbook. Jaimee Vitolo, bakery assistant from New York, was on the losing team of the dreaded restaurant takeover challenge for the top 6 contestants. I’d never head of them before, either. Christian Green, a sales representative from New Orleans, seemed to have a good chance of making it all the way to the finale. But when given brains to cook by Courtney in an offal pressure test, the results didn’t wow the judges.
Cutter Brewer, the Petroleum Landman from Texas, was a surprise to make it to the final four after some close calls at elimination early on. But eventually he went home after being in the bottom two with Leslie, cooking from a selection of California ingredients. Leslie Gilliams would make it to the top three this season. 2 or 3 of a pressure test. She has kept up the blog at her website, Elizabeth Cauvel Cooks, with some regularity. 250,000 prize money and cookbook deal. So that about wraps up what I’ve been able to find out, for now. If you know of any additions or corrections to this information, please drop me a note or leave a comment below.