Dino Luciano | MasterChef Season 8 Winner
Specialty: Classic Sicilian with an Artistic Influence
Born in California, but raised in Brooklyn, Dino thanks his family, especially his Sicilian grandmother, for teaching him everything he knows about cooking since he was 10 years old. Dino’s passion, artistic sense, and unconventional eye led him to create unforgettable dishes in the MasterChef Kitchen straight through to the finale. From his authentic cannolies, which impressed Aáron Sanchez, to his surprisingly brilliant Cream Cheese Shrimp Wonton with Massaman Curry and Basmati Rice, Dino continued to excel. The first to be named as part of the Top 3, Dino mesmerized the judges in the finale with his three-course meal: Squid Ink Angel Hair Pasta with Calamari, Clams, and Cherry Tomatoes; Rack of Lamb Belly-Sunchoke Caponata with a Fig and Cippolini Balsamic Glaze; and Roasted Pistachio Tiramisu Cake with Orange Mascarpone Cream, Espresso Caviar, and Pistachio Tuile. MasterChef Cruisers now have the rare opportunity to watch and learn from the man who Joe Bastianich wants to hire to work as a chef in his restaurants.
Best Lesson: “Best thing I’ve learned this year, don’t let your fear of what could happen make nothing happen.”