Get an Insider Experience with Some of Your Favorite All-Stars

You were wowed by them on the show and now you can meet them in person. Learn how to elevate your culinary skills while getting an inside scoop on what life on the MasterChef set life was truly like. Watch and possibly participate as the MasterChef Cruise minces, sears, and sautés its way through the breathtaking waters and islands of the Caribbean!

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.”

Shaun O’Neale | MasterChef Season 7 Winner
Specialty : Modern American with International Influences

Shaun, a DJ from Las Vegas, Nevada, earned his spot in the MasterChef Kitchen by cooking a surf and turf dish topped with foie gras and a bone marrow buerre blanc sauce.  He didn’t stray from his high-end, fine dining influence on his dishes, which led him to winning multiple Mystery Box Challenges and securing his spot in the finale.  The finale is where he wowed not only Gordon and Christina, but also guest judges Wolfgang Puck and Daniel Boulud with his three delicious dishes: an appetizer of miso halibut cheeks with vadouvan carrot puree and pickled mushrooms; an entrée of ancho coffee-roasted venison loin with roasted chanterelles and smoked plums with a truffle demi-glaze; and a salted caramel chocolate tart for dessert.  In the end, it was Shaun’s exquisite flavors and thoughtful dishes that won over the judges and earned him the MasterChef title.

Future Plans: “I know the biggest thing that I want to do is I want to travel.”

Claudia Sandoval | MasterChef Season 6 Winner
Specialty : Authentic Mexican with Innovative and Modern Flair

Claudia, a single mother from San Diego, California, joined the MasterChef Kitchen and won her MasterChef apron with her signature style: an updated and modern twist on authentic Mexican food. But Claudia doesn’t just have a unique flavor, she also joined the competition with a witty and untiring personality, determined to show her daughter that anything is possible. When tasked with making a cake to commemorate MasterChef’s 100th Episode, Claudia’s Tres Leches Birthday Cake with Lemon Cream Cheese Frosting truly shined. Few will forget when she danced on stage with judge Graham Elliot as he celebrated her stunning Arroz con Leche Molotes. These moments won the heart of America, but it was her undeniable skill in the kitchen that brought Claudia all the way to the finale, where she claimed the title of MasterChef.

Culinary Dream: “To open an authentic Mexican restaurant in San Diego.”

Luca Manfé | MasterChef Season 4 Winner
Specialty : Homemade Pasta and Authentic Italian Sauces

Hailing from Friuli-Venezia Giulia, a region in the northeast corner of Italy, Luca’s food is steeped in Italian tradition. From the Broccoli Rabe Ravioli in a Pecorino Cream Sauce that earned him a spot in the MasterChef Kitchen, to the Basil Panna Cotta that earned him the MasterChef Trophy, Luca tackles everything with determination and charm. Although it took him two tries to get his own white apron, Season 4 was Luca’s chance to shine, and by infusing his Italian roots into various MasterChef challenges, Luca earned the title of MasterChef, the Best Home Cook in America. These days, Luca stays busy in Houston, TX, promoting his cookbook “My Italian Kitchen,” cooking up feasts with his catering company “Dinner with Luca,” and working to open his very first food truck.

Luca’s Cooking Inspiration: “My primary cooking inspiration is my mother. I have memories of being in the kitchen with her since I was eight years old.”

Brandi | MasterChef Season 7 All-Star
Specialty : Upscale Southern Comfort

Brandi is a fifth-grade teacher from Irvington, KY and feels you can take the girl out of the country, but you can’t take the country out of the girl. She wowed the MasterChef judges when she first stepped into the MasterChef Kitchen by cooking her Seared Salmon with Roasted Vegetables with an Apricot Balsamic Glaze. Throughout the season, Brandi Mudd had continued success, which led her to compete in the finale. Brandi’s cooking was unforgettable when she prepared a Bourbon-Braised Pork Belly with Apricot BBQ Sauce and Butternut Squash Puree, Topped with Rhubarb and Chard Slaw for an appetizer; Seared Duck with Wilted Greens and Ramp Hushpuppies as an entrée; and Corn Meal Madeleines with a White Chocolate Mousse for Dessert. Brandi is beyond excited to bring her country flare to the Caribbean.

Quote: “These critics are going to know my name when they leave here tonight.”

Tanorria | MasterChef Season 7 All-Star
Specialty : American Comfort with a Southern Kick

Born in Chattanooga, TN, and raised in Indianapolis, IN, Tanorria went to the “Culinary Institute of Her Parents and Grandparents”.  She is always thinking about what she can cook next, like her memorable Shrimp and Grits with Okra Crispies which Chef Gordon Ramsay said “will go down in history as the best shrimp and grits” he’s ever tasted in the MasterChef Kitchen.  Tanorria got to show off her cooking skills in front of fellow Cruise All-Star Claudia and won the Latin Mystery Box Challenge with her Cilantro Lime Shrimp with Oven Roasted Poblano Creamed Corn, Smoky Black Beans, Rice, and Avocado Crema.  Tanorria is beyond excited and grateful to be able to share this amazing experience with MasterChef fans.

What Her Fans Say: “I got a lot of feedback from my fans for my southern sophistication, sass, and ability to stay so calm under pressure.”


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