Sunday, November 10, 2013

Alexander Weiss Wins MasterChef Junior

Alexander Weiss, a 13-year-old from New York City was the winner of FOX’s cooking competition series, MasterChef Junior. Alexander walked away with a $100,000 grand prize after being crowned by host/executive producer and judge Gordon Ramsay and fellow judges Joe Bastianich and Graham Elliot

“There was some pretty stiff competition, and it was amazing to watch these junior chefs grow each week,” said Ramsay. “Alexander pulled off complex dishes every week that professionals would be proud to call their own, and we are extremely impressed by what he has accomplished.”

“During my journey on MASTERCHEF JUNIOR, I learned so much from the judges, especially to be more confident in the kitchen and to be more determined,” said Alexander. “Of course, I will always remember the moment when I won, but I will also never forget the amazing time I had with the other contestants and judges. Thank you MASTERCHEF JUNIOR!”

In the finale episode, Alexander competed in a culinary showdown with Dara Yu, a 12-year-old from Los Angeles, CA. For the final challenge, Alexander created an impressive, restaurant-quality three-course meal: an appetizer of Basil Lemon Shrimp with Heirloom Tomato Crostini; a main course of Pan Seared Veal Chop with Gnocchi and Butter Sauce; and a Cannoli Napoleon with Mascarpone Cream for dessert. After a very close competition, it was Alexander’s harmonious flavors, complex techniques and elegant plating that earned him the MASTERCHEF JUNIOR trophy.
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