MasterChef: Finale

Guys, I wasn’t ready for MasterChef to end!  I wasn’t ready for the finale.  This week we got two episodes: the semi-finals, and the final showdown.  Let’s recap, shall we?

Stephen, Derrick, and Claudia are tasked with serving up a beautiful dish… well, times thirty.  Gordon, Graham, and Christina invite 10 of their most respected culinary team members to taste these dishes.  The best of the three wins his or her way straight to the finale.  Two remaining two face off for that last spot.

To accomplish this task, they each are assigned a sous chef: Stephen gets Tommy, Claudia gets Katrina, and Derrick gets Hetal.  Here’s what they make:


The winner with the most refined dish is DERRICK!  I am so happy to see my frontrunner go straight to the finale.  Now Stephen and Claudia face off with three dishes: a cheese soufflé, steak frites, and a raspberry coulis-filled panna cotta.

As much as I wanted this Derrick/Stephen showdown, even I must admit Claudia dishes looked better.  They tasted better too, and it’s Claudia vs. Derrick in the final.

They both stepped up the game A LOT.  Gordon, Graham, and Christina were consistently impressed with all of their dishes.  Here are their three courses:

Derrick down the left; Claudia down the right.

Derrick down the left; Claudia down the right.

In my estimation from the judges’ comments, I was sure Derrick had this locked up.  Even Stephen was cheering him on in the end.  I swear, Gordon didn’t like that he wouldn’t give up on his green tea cake.    The MasterChef winner is, Claudia!

I bet her cookbook will be really good and I know this is life-changing for her.  I seem to always be rooting for the runner up, though!  What did you think of this season’s winner?

What cooking competition is next to look forward to?!


  1. I dont understannd why she won it. I mean shes great and deserves it but the comments through the episode clearly hinted on Derrick as the winner. He had all 3 dishes flawless and i really lost fate in the shows integrity. Just my opinion.

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