The name Masterchef might be synonymous with a the tense cooking show were judges aim to find the best amateur cook in their respective countries but the show that started it all, Masterchef US Season 1 is still something fans look back to watch again and again.
If you found yourself in that position and wondering where the heck the top 3 contestants of the first ever Masterchef that defined television as we know it, well you are not alone! We are here to tell you everything you need to know about how is Masterchef US Season 1 Finales are doing right now!
So How is Masterchef US Season 1 Finales Doing?
The top 3 finale of Masterchef US is still alive and well, but we all know you want the more juicy detail starting from the first ever winner of Masterchef US, Whitney Miller.
When Whitney Miller competed in Masterchef US Season 1 she was still 22 years old and did not have much experience in cooking or life in general compared to others. But her ambition and commitment led to the creation of some incredible and creative dishes that helped her won her the Masterchef title.
Post-filming, Whitney completed her college degree and released her first cookbook titled ‘Modern Hospitality: Simple Recipes with Southern Charm’ in 2011. Besides, in the same year, she made a return as a guest on ‘MasterChef’ season 2 and had contestants recreate one of her signature dishes. In the years that followed, Whitney developed recipes and videos for several companies, including SousVide Supreme and Southern Living.
She worked with Panera Bread as a featured food expert in 2013 and has offered several cooking classes on various platforms. Whitney even appeared on several TV shows and committees before releasing her second cookbook titled ‘Whitney Miller’s New Southern Table: My Favorite Family Recipes with a Modern Twist’ in 2015.
Since then, she has worked as a chef at the 4R Restaurant Group, is a brand ambassador for ENVY Apple and in 2019, established her cookie company, Whitney’s Cookies. Besides, the reality TV star is now happily married to Ryan Humphrey, and the pair are parents to two wonderful kids.
The second runner up, a software engineer based in Boston David Miller was considered a favourite to win. This is due to the way he managed to amaze the judges through his skills and determination. Although David gained worldwide fame as an excellent chef through his appearance on Masterchef US Season 1, he is the only one who did not choose to pursue a culinary career.
The third runner up, a bartender from Venice, California named Lee Knaz also took Masterchef US Season 1 by the storm but unfortunately he drew the end of the short stick and ended up in third place. Following his stint on ‘MasterChef,’ Lee uses his new celebrity fame to establish his own catering and food delivery company, Mission Olive LLC, through which he made delicious Mediterranean food accessible in the Los Angeles area. It did not take long for his company to gain popularity, and Lee has been featured in several reputable publications.
In 2016, he became a panellist on The Mediterranean Diet Roundtable, an event that brings together the who’s who of the U.S. Food Industry in an effort to provide a balanced nutrition plan through a Mediterranean diet. Besides, in the same year, Lee also became the host-cum-chef of the TV show ‘Recipe Hunters.’ In 2015, Lee married actress Alyshia Ochse, and the two became parents to a wonderful daughter. However, due to reasons left under wraps, the couple seemingly filed for divorce in 2020.