The exhilarating episode starts with Gordon introducing the top 2 home cooks, Derrick and Claudia. Before the cooking starts, Derrick and Claudia’s family come on stage to cheer them on. When the top 2 are getting ready to cook the past contestants give their predictions of who they believe is going to win. Shelly says she has no clue. Nick thinks Claudia will win. And Stephen feels sure Derrick will be victorious.
Claudia and Derrick will make a three course meal for the judges. For their appetizers Derrick is making a Spiced Pork Belly with Watermelon and Claudia is making a Huitlacoche Tamale. During the 60 minutes of cooking Tommy is very excited to see what will happen. When Claudia tastes her dish it is so good she cries! Derrick says he is confident using special techniques for the first time. When the clock winds down Gordon yells, “Hands Up!” Derrick is first to bring his dish forward. The judges say his pork is cooked perfectly and the watermelon tastes refreshing. As always, his dish looks stunning. Next, Claudia brings her elevated Mexican dish forward. Gordon asks her “Why the tamale in the finale?” Claudia says, “This is who I am.” The judges agree her dish is incredible and the flavors, awesome.
Now they prepare their entrées. Derrick is making Pan Seared Venison. Claudia is making Grilled Swordfish with Chick Peas. Derrick says he is creating a puff pastry cage as a nod to Gordon’s signature Beef Wellington. Claudia says she is a little worried about getting the cook on the fish right because the cut is larger than she is used to using. When it’s time to serve, Derrick is the first to face the judges. They say his dish has got finesse. The meat is spot on and Cristina says the bread cage is seasoned well. Next comes the tense moment when Claudia serves her Grilled Sword Fish. It is cooked … “Beautifully” and tastes delectable. Gordon declares it’s her best dish in the completion so far.
The dessert round is last. Derrick is making a Lemon Mousse in a Chocolate Shell with a 30 second Sponge Cake. Claudia is making a Hibiscus Poached Pear. Both cooks have trouble in this round. Claudia gets water on her flan which will prevent it from setting and needs to start over. Derrick spends 15 wild minutes trying to get the green tea cake batter out of the aerosol can so he can zap it in the microwave! Before you know it, time is up and the home cooks serve the judges their last dish in the Master Chef Kitchen. Derrick’s dessert looks stunning. Graham says the little piece of cake is tasty. Claudia dessert is really “eye opening” and the judges say the pouched pear is just delectable.
Now the judges have decide who will be the winner. After they deliberate together they return with their answer but first they ask Derrick and Claudia to take their place of honor on the front stage. Gordon tells both Claudia and Derrick that they have become great cooks. And finally he announces that the winner is…… CLAUDIA! She is very happy. She says, “I’m proof that you can do anything you set your mind to!” Derrick says that Claudia did very well. The episode ends with Claudia saying “I AM THE MASTERCHEF!”
I liked this season because I liked to see what all the chefs had to make and see how they acted during the competition. I also liked getting to know the new judge, Cristina Tossi. She did good job and I look forward to seeing her, and the other judges, and all the new kids on Master Chef Junior in November!