The Best 'MasterChef' Winners, Ranked

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Vote up the 'MasterChef' winners you think are most talented.

The most popular MasterChef winners have proved their skills in the kitchen by churning out some fantastic meals to wow judges and audiences. Who's your favorite MasterChef contender? There's nothing easy about being on any reality television program, but it takes a great amount of skill and quick thinking to create delicious gourmet dishes when facing challenges like ingredient restrictions and tight time constraints. Who are the best MasterChef winners? Note that there are male and female MasterChef winners. 

Judged by the notoriously temperamental Gordon Ramsey, the below competitors proved their skills in the kitchen and prepared a stunning final meal that secured them the top spot in the competition. Successful MasterChef winners often brought inspiring stories to the table. Season 3's Christine Hà, for example, cooked while nearly completely blind, and season 8 winner Dino Luciano has spoken openly about his struggles with Obsessive Compulsive Disorder. You'll find these and other contestants below on this list of past MasterChef winners.  

These famous chefs may be well-known now, but it all started with the show MasterChef. Vote up your favorite former MasterChef winners below. 


  • Christine Hà
    Photo: Fox
    2,781 VOTES

    Christine Hà

    Winner: Season 3 (2012)
    Winning Meal: Thai papaya salad with crab and vegetables, braised pork belly with rice, kale, and mushrooms, and coconut lime sorbet

    • Born: 1979-05-09
    • Birthplace: Los Angeles, CA
    2,781 votes
  • Luca Manfé
    Photo: Fox
    2,367 VOTES

    Luca Manfé

    Winner: Season 4 (2013)
    Winning Meal: Pan-seared duck liver with caramelized peaches, Asian peat chutney, toasted French brioche, tamarind and balsamic-braised beef short ribs, truffle puree, sauteed mushrooms, and basil panna cotta with jam, mascarpone, and honey 

    • Born: 1981
    • Birthplace: Italy
    2,367 votes
  • Dino Angelo Luciano
    Photo: Fox
    2,009 VOTES

    Dino Angelo Luciano

    Winner: Season 8 (2017)
    Winning Meal: Calamari, clams, rack of lamb, caponata, roasted pistachio tiramisu, orange mascarpone cream, and pistachio tuile

    • Born: 1989-09-21
    • Birthplace: California
    2,009 votes
  • Gerron Hurt
    Photo: Fox
    1,447 VOTES

    Gerron Hurt

    Winner: Season 9 (2018)
    Winning Meal: Carabinero prawns with heirloom grits, shellfish au jus, and crispy shallots, and flourless chocolate cake with taramind caramel and spicy pepita brittle.

    • Born: 1993-01-03
    • Birthplace: Louisville, KY
    1,447 votes
  • Shaun O'Neale
    Photo: Fox
    1,466 VOTES

    Shaun O'Neale

    Winner: Season 7 (2016)
    Winning Meal: Halibut cheeks, carrot puree, pickled mushrooms, spice-rubbed venison with onions and smoked plums, and a salted caramel tart

    • Born: 1983-04-11
    • Birthplace: Tampa, FL
    1,466 votes
  • Whitney Miller
    Photo: Fox
    1,390 VOTES

    Whitney Miller

    Winner: Season 1 (2010)
    Winning Meal: Sweet shrimp, corn bread, black-eyed pea puree, country fried chicken, and white chocolate bread pudding 

    • Born: 1988-06-01
    • Birthplace: Poplarville, MS
    1,390 votes