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One of Orlando's very own lands a spot on Master Chef Season 5 **Updated**



The top finalists have been revealed for the upcoming season of Master Chef, and Orlando's very own Francis Biondi is one of the finalists to make it past the first round.

Biondi is a 25 year old server who won over the judges with his dish of Crusted Halibut Cheeks on Moroccan Chickpea Ragu.

Following an intense first round of competition with unexpected twists and eliminations, the judges announced the talented hopefuls who proved worthy of a coveted white apron and will advance in the competition.

The MASTERCHEF Season Five Top Finalists are: Francis Biondi, Whitney Bray, Cutter Brewer, Elizabeth Cauvel, Ahran Cho, Leslie Gilliams, Christian Green, Gordon Houston, Jordan Kaminski, Courtney Lapresi, Astrid Lavenia, Francis Legge, Elise Mayfield, Daniel McGuffey, Willie Mike, Kira Novak, Victoria Scroggins, Christine Silverstein, Stephani Syfax-Shepherd, Tyler Viars, Jaimee Vitolo and Dan Wu.

The competition continues on Monday, June 2 (8:00-9:00 PM ET/PT) on FOX, as the Top Finalists face their first mystery box challenge of the season. The contestants will have 90 minutes to cook a unique and impressive dish using mainly dessert ingredients including chocolate, bananas, strawberries, blueberries, brandy, ladyfingers, extracts, honey and ground coffee.

The winner of the mystery box challenge will have a significant advantage in the next round and determine which classic American dishes the remaining contestants will have to prepare in the elimination round. At the end of the episode, the MASTERCHEF journey will end for two home cooks.


You can check out his Facebook profile by clicking on the link, and you can watch his bio in the Youtube video below.


Tune in this Monday night to cheer on our hometown hopeful!





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It looks Francis may have a few tricks up his sleeve after he impressed the Chefs with his meatloaf. The meatloaf was made out of Short Rib and Lamb and was stuffed with Burrata Cheese and served in a very nice looking Romesco sauce.

Both Joe and Gordon were equally impressed, and we all know that's a hard thing to do.

Stay tuned this Monday, as Francis and the rest of the contestants figure out how to feed 500 servicemen and women.

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After a rough start in the challenge that involved feeding 500 service men and women, The Red Team captained by Francis pulled it out and won. For their reward they got to hang out up stairs and watch members of the blue team go into a blueberry pie bake off and face elimination. 

Francis Biondi is still going strong....so stay tuned and keep cheering!