Season 3, Episode 1 Auditions #1

First Aired: June 4, 2012

Talented home cooks representing 23 states arrive in Los Angeles and begin competing for the title of MasterChef and the $250,000 grand prize in the Season 3 premiere. Each hopeful prepares a signature dish and presents it to judges Gordon Ramsay, Joe Bastianich and Graham Elliot, who will rate on flavor, originality, creativity and presentation.