When season 8 of MasterChef began, 40 chefs entered the competition hoping to make it to the Top 20. Over the course of two episodes, they went straight to work in the kitchen. Gordon Ramsay, Christina Tosi and Aaron Sanchez judged their dishes — and 20 were given a white apron and advanced to the next round.

Only one of these 20 contestants will win the $250,000 grand prize, along with a cookbook deal.

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Meet the Top 20 of MasterChef season 8:

Adam Wong

Hometown: Cambridge, MA

Occupation: Harvard Student


Brien O’Brien

Hometown: Redding, CA

Occupation: Magazine Ad Sales


Caitlin Jones

Hometown: Pittsburgh, PA

Occupation: Dancer


Caitlin (Cate) Meade

Hometown: Chicago, IL

Occupation: Nutritionist


Daniel Pontes-Macedo

Hometown: Medford, MA

Occupation: Substitute Teacher


Dino Luciano Ignacio

Hometown: Bensonhurst, NY

Occupation: Dancer


Eboni Henry

Hometown: Chicago, IL

Occupation: Addiction Counselor


Gabriel Lewis

Hometown: Oklahoma City, OK

Occupation: Fast Food Server


Heather Dombrosky

Hometown: Miami, FL

Occupation: Registered Nurse


Jason Wang

Hometown: Newton, MA

Occupation: High School Music Teacher


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Jeff Philbin

Hometown: Tampa, FL

Occupation: Marketing Director


Jennifer Williams

Hometown: Chalmette, LA

Occupation: Debt Collector


Jenny Cavellier

Hometown: Cincinnati, OH

Occupation: Special Needs Therapist


Mark Togni

Hometown: Portland, OR

Occupation: Stay-at-Home Dad


Necco Ceresani

Hometown: Newberry, SC

Occupation: Marketing Manager

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Mike Newton

Hometown: Lipan, TX

Occupation: Ranch Owner

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Paige Jimenez

Hometown: Honolulu, HI

Occupation: Swimsuit Model

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Reba Billingsley

Hometown: Carthage, TX

Occupation: Stay-at-Home Mom

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Sam Reiff-Pasarew

Hometown: Washington, DC

Occupation: Creative Writing Teacher

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Yachecia Holston

Hometown: Detroit, MI

Occupation: Minister

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Who are your favorites so far? Do you have any early predictions? Let us know your thoughts in the comments section below.

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Jeff Dodge

Staff Writer, BuddyTV

Jeff Dodge, a graduate of Western Washington University, has been a TV news editor for many years and has had the chance to interview multiple reality show stars, including Randy Jackson, Nick Cannon, Heidi Klum, Mel B and John Cena.