OK, so a huge spoiler here if you recorded the “Masterchef” 2011 finale over the last couple of nights and you haven’t watched it yet. So if you don’t want to find out who won, look away now!
No, I mean right now.
Still reading? Then you obviously want to know who won.
The winner of the second season of “Masterchef” is… Jennifer Behm!
The real estate agent from Wilmingtonin Delawareclaimed the $250,000 prize and the title of “America’s Next MasterChef,” beating Californian server Adrien Nieto to a perhaps surprising victory in the final cook-off.
“Masterchef” champion, Jennifer Behm said after she won, said: “This is a thousand dreams come true. My family taught me to never give up on your dreams and if you want it and work hard then anything is possible.”
It is a good motto and certainly applicable to Jennifer as at one stage it looked like Adrien Nieto would walk it.
So here’s how things panned out (excuse the cooking pun) over the finale.
Christian Collins, a stay-at-home father from Gloucester in Massachusetts, finished in third place on the Fox cooking competition after the three finalists were first given an hour to create a chicken dish as part of a Mystery Box challenge.
Collins served bacon-wrapped chicken with french onion sauce; Nieto opted for braised chicken thigh with acorn squash and asparagus on rice; and Behm also served bacon-wrapped chicken stuffed with apples and jalapeno peppers.
Guess what? Jennifer Behm’s dish was the weakest!
Gordon Ramsay didn’t like that although the bacon and apple worked together “beautifully,” her chicken thigh was slightly undercooked. Nieto won the challenge and his advantage was picking his ingredients for the elimination challenge first.
Collins was then eliminated following a challenge using some of judge Joe Bastianich’s favorite ingredients: octopus, veal and mushrooms. Nieto chose the octopus, while Collins picked veal, leaving mushrooms for Behm.
Behm and Nieto then went head-to-head in a three-course challenge. Behm made a starter of scallops and pea puree, a main course of stuffed quail with potato mash and a poached pear dessert.
Nieto cooked up starter of seafood taquitos, followed by a main course of beer-braised short ribs with a cauliflower and parsnip puree and a flourless chocolate cake infused with blood oranges for dessert.
I’d have chosen Adrien Nieto’s menu on paper, but the judges opted for Jennifer Behm’s so she was the victor in the “Masterchef USA” 2011 finale!
Local Delaware daily “The News Journal” reports that Behm watched the pre-recorded finale at a viewing party with friends and family.
Jennifer Behm has set up a catering company called Pink Martini since recording the finale of “MasterChef.” See? You can achieve your dreams and turn success into something amazing with a reality TV win!