The judges welcome all of the potential contestants and inform them that in addition to the regular prizes of $250,000 and the MasterChef trophy, the winner will also receive training at restaurants owned by the three respective judges. All judges must agree to allow the contestant to earn an apron and advance, but each judge also has one pass they can give a contestant to give them a second chance at the audition process. The auditions are assisted by previous winners Shaun O'Neale, Christine Hà, and Jennifer Behm. Allen and Sabina are the first candidates and neither advances. Dorian is next and she advances. Nick, Liz and Keturah audition and all advance. Some more unnamed contestants fail but Subha advances. Kenny advances next. Jamie and Sam are the next group and they both advance. Sarah becomes the next to advance. Micah is next to compete but only gets Gordon to say yes, but Gordon gives him his pass and Micah will battle again for a shot at an apron.