Season 12 of “MasterChef” was all about redemption, when All-Star competitors from the last 11 seasons returned to the show to see if they have learned from their past mistakes. For the first time ever, the cooking competition re-opened the doors to some of the most memorable and talented cooks in the show’s history. After many weeks of intense competition, three finalists have risen to the top: Christian Green, Dara Yu and Michael Silverstein. But which of these three do YOU want to win? Vote for your favorite in our poll below.
Gordon Ramsay serves as host and judges each dish alongside his colleagues Aaron Sanchez and Joe Bastianich. For their last challenge, the three finalists must prepare a three-course menu consisting of an appetizer, entree and dessert, with one hour to cook each course.
Christian is a 36-year old from New Orleans who placed 5th on Season 5 of “MasterChef.” This cycle he has won or been on the winning team for five challenges. He has never been in danger of elimination. Christian’s appetizer dish in this finale was fried green tomato with a crawfish salad, remoulade sauce and caviar.
Dara is a 20-year old from Los Angeles who placed 2nd on Season 1 of “MasterChef Junior.” This cycle she has won or been on the winning team for five challenges. She was in the bottom three or on a losing team on three occasions. Dara’s appetizer dish in this finale was crispy skin red snapper with grilled asparagus and a miso Béarnaise sauce.
Michael is a 34-year old from Pittsburgh who placed 15th on Season 10 of “MasterChef.” This cycle he has won or been on the winning team for two challenges. He was in the bottom three or on a losing team three times. Michael’s appetizer dish in this finale was cold smoked steelhead trout with pomelo and cucumber aguachile, salsa macha and pickled cucumbers.
This finale was preceded by the eliminations of Stephen Lee, a 54-year old from Palm Springs, Cate Meade, a 30-year old from Chicago, Alejandro Valdivia, a 40-year old from Atlanta, Samantha Daily, a 23-year old from West Des Moines, Shayne Wells, an 18-year old from Spring, Texas, Tommy Walton, a 59-year old from Chicago, Shelly Flash, a 38-year old from Brooklyn, Bri Baker, a 27-year old from Dallas, Gabriel Lewis, a 24-year old from Oklahoma City, Fred Chang, a 26-year old from Redondo Beach, Brandi Mudd, a 33-year old from Irvington, Kentucky, Bowen Li, a 29-year old from Tianjin, China, Amanda Saab, a 32-year old from Seattle, Derrick Fox, a 35-year old from Fort Myers, Willie Mike, a 33-year old from Houston, Emily Hallock, a 31-year old from Neenah, Wisconsin and Shanika Patterson, a 38-year old from Miami.
The finale of “MasterChef” airs Wednesday, September 14 (8:00 – 9:02 PM ET/PT) on Fox. Former series regulars Graham Elliot and Christina Tosi serve as guest judges.
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