Name: Luca Manfe
Hometown: Astoria, New York
Occupation: Restaurant Manager
You might have thought being a restaurant manger would give Luca a leg up. But right out of the gate he served overcooked langoustine fettuccine.
But wait--two episodes later, Luca blew the judges away with black cod with shitake mushrooms and snap peas that reportedly had an amazing sauce. Judge Joe says Luca "understood the protein better than any other cook." He won the Mystery Box challenge and forced his competitors to bake cupcakes.