Wow! I cannot believe this season is over! It has been an incredible summer of watching the best cooking competition on TV!
Before I continue, if you have not watched the finale, please stop here! Go watch the finale and come back and read this 🙂
The finale was incredible. The top 20 of us were brought back to watch Derrick and Claudia battle it out for the title of Masterchef, the trophy, $250,000 and their very own cook book!
The battle began with the appetizer round. Claudia created a beautiful, truly elevated tamale and Derrick a pork belly with watermelon three ways. From my view point (on the balcony and later my couch), both dishes were elegant, beautifully plated and something I could imagine seeing come out of a restaurant kitchen.
Their creativity, flare, refinement, technique and personalities continued to the entree course! I remember being completely blown away by Derricks puff pastry cage!
Dessert is where things got most interesting. Claudia made a beautiful hibiscus poached pear that was the most beautiful shade of red! She then initialed the plate! 😀
Derricks matcha cake gave him some trouble and I remember thinking “that’s it, there’s no way he can do it” and he did!
After a neck to neck battle, Claudia brought home the win. I couldn’t be more happy for her, her daughter and her family. I know what this win means for her and what a difference it will make in her and her daughters life.
Claudia won the title, but she is not the only winner. Each and every contestant is a winner. Derrick, Stephen, Nick, Katrina, Hetal, Tommy, Olivia, Shelly, Christopher, Sara, Kerry, Charlie, Jesse, Veronica, Ailsa, Dan, Justin, Darah, Briana, Mateo and every one else who battled for an apron, who made it to the top 100, and who auditioned; you took a risk, put yourself in unfamiliar territory, followed your passion and tried something new.. for that you win!
Life is about taking chances, making sacrifices and embracing every part of the journey on your way to fulfilling your dreams! I truly believe that with God, patience and a strong support system, you can do ANYTHING!
So go do it! 😀