America's Best Cook: Meet the Contestants

Get to know the 16 contestants vying for two spots in each regional team on America's Best Cook.
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Photo By: Emile Wamsteker ©2013, Television Food Network, G.P. All Rights Reserved

Photo By: Emile Wamsteker ©2013, Television Food Network, G.P. All Rights Reserved

Photo By: Emile Wamsteker ©2013, Television Food Network, G.P. All Rights Reserved

Photo By: Emile Wamsteker ©2013, Television Food Network, G.P. All Rights Reserved

Photo By: Emile Wamsteker ©2013, Television Food Network, G.P. All Rights Reserved

Meet the Mentors

Each mentor will assemble a team of two home cooks from the region he or she represents. Tyler Florence leads the West, Cat Cora represents the South, Michael Symon, the North and Alex Guarnaschelli, the East. Only one contestant will walk away with the title of America's Best Cook and the $50,000 prize.

The North

For his team, Michael will chose from among Ramzi Khairallah (Chicago), Lorin Fahrmeier (Lexington, Mo.), Marc Huebner (Waconia, Minn.) and Stephanie Goldfarb (Chicago).

The East

Alex will choose two contestants from Myles Powell (Harrisburg, Pa.), Hannah Gruber (Brooklyn), Christina Verrelli (Devon, Pa.) and Brenda Jackson (Marion Station, Md.).

The West

Tyler must choose from among Jennifer Tzeng (Belmont, Calif.), Phillip Gums (Oakland), Philip Morganelli (Oakland) and Sheri West (Surprise, Ariz.) for his team.

The South

For her team, Cat will have to choose two from Mandy Rivers (Lexington, S.C.), Ben Portman (Atlanta), Ernie Hall (Germantown, Tenn.) and Nikki Bell (Atlanta).

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