TORONTO – Michael Bonacini, Alvin Leung, and Claudio Aprile – Following 12 episodes of high stakes challenges, Mystery Box surprises, and epic culinary showdowns, it was revealed tonight by MASTERCHEF CANADA judges Michael Bonacini, Alvin Leung, and Claudio Aprile that Jennifer Crawford from Kingston, N.S., is the Season 6 winner of MASTERCHEF CANADA. Jennifer is awarded the coveted MASTERCHEF CANADA title and the $100,000 grand prize over runner-up Andre Bhagwandat, a hospital housekeeper from Scarborough, Ont.
“I hope this win shows that actual magic can happen with simply taking good care of your squishy heart, honouring your own weird precious self, and showing up as best you can for others, one day at a time,” said Crawford. “I feel astonished and so excited for a big, juicy future in food, whatever that might look like! Today, I’m just going to eat something mega delicious, and enjoy these wild burst-at-the-seams feelings of gratitude and possibility.”
On tonight’s MASTERCHEF CANADA Season 6 finale, the Top 2 home cooks faced- off in a three-hour, three-course cook to determine who would be declared the Season 6 winner. During the first course, Andre ran into a boiling issue when making his dumplings and the judges discovered they were slightly tough in texture, but were impressed overall by his lobster rundown with callaloo puree. Jennifer channelled their inner child, serving up fancy ants on a log with poached figs and blue cheese mousse, and the judges were wowed by the restaurant quality presentation and truly unique composition of the dish.
For course two, Jennifer’s “Mary’s Little Lamb” dish thrilled the judges with its eye-catching presentation and complex details; however, Chef Claudio’s serving was undercooked. Andre got creative with Caribbean-Korean fusion, serving curried goat bo ssäm with caramelized kimchi that was perfectly cooked and praised by the judges for its multi-layered flavours.
In the final hour, Jennifer and Andre pulled out all of the stops to create multifaceted desserts with intricate techniques. Tasting Andre’s dessert of deconstructed turon with Chinese five spice waffle, caramelized plantains and ice cream, the judges enjoyed its fresh, modern, and playful construction, but noted it was lacking in salt. Jennifer’s elevated treat cereal with chocolate soil, puffed rice, and tea-smoked milk created an experience of creativity with a sense of wonder, however Chef Michael noted it could use some more sweetness.
To determine the winner, the judges considered the overall story presented across the three courses and the finalists’ culinary journey throughout the competition. Jennifer came out with the slight edge and was declared the Season 6 winner of MASTERCHEF CANADA!
Viewers can relive all the culinary action from the MASTERCHEF CANADA Kitchen with Season 6 episodes available on demand at CTV.ca and on the CTV app. The Season 6 finale encores Saturday, June 22 at 7 p.m. ET on CTV2 and Sunday, June 30 at 5 p.m. ET on CTV (check local listings). Canadians who can’t wait for more culinary action can catch MASTERCHEF Season 10 Wednesdays at 9 p.m. ET/PT on CTV, and MARY’S KITCHEN CRUSH, with MASTERCHEF CANADA winner Mary Berg Sundays at 7 p.m. ET/PT on CTV.
Fans are invited to visit CTV.ca/MasterChefCanada for exclusive content, including background on this season’s finalists and the MASTERCHEF CANADA judges, as well as interviews, recipes, and more. CTV.ca also offers viewers behind-the-scenes glimpses of this season’s challenges, culinary creations, triumphs, and upsets.
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