MasterChef season 13 eliminations: Who won Master Chef: United Tastes of America (September 20)

MASTERCHEF: L-R: Host/judge Gordon Ramsay with contestant Kennedy in the “Finale Part 1/ Finale Part 2” season finale episodes of MASTERCHEF airing Wednesday, Sep. 20 (8:00-10:00 PM ET/PT) on FOX. © 2023 FOXMEDIA LLC. Cr: FOX.
MASTERCHEF: L-R: Host/judge Gordon Ramsay with contestant Kennedy in the “Finale Part 1/ Finale Part 2” season finale episodes of MASTERCHEF airing Wednesday, Sep. 20 (8:00-10:00 PM ET/PT) on FOX. © 2023 FOXMEDIA LLC. Cr: FOX. /
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We are down to our final three chefs on MasterChef: United Tastes of America. Tonight on FOX, we had a jam-packed two-hour finale that will crown our winner of MasterChef. We share everything that went down in the finale, including who won it all. We also caught up with the winner of MasterChef.

The show begins with a montage of the season and how we got to the final three. This was followed by us getting to know our final three a little more and meeting their family on hand to watch the final battle. Aaron announces that the chefs must make a full three-course meal. Joe said they wanted to see the dishes of where they are from and where they are going.

What did the chefs make for their final dishes on MasterChef?

The chefs had to make appetizers, entrees, and a dessert for the judges. After each dish, the judge would stop them to taste their dishes and critique them.

Jennifer’s three-course meal 

  • Appetizer: Lobster Succotash with Sweet Corn Puree, Truffle Oil, and Champagne Caviar Vinaigrette.
  • Entree: Rack of Venison Persillade with Roasted Root Vegetables, Parsnip Potato Puree, and Bordelaise Sauce.
  • Dessert: Torn Stout Cake with Coffee Stout Mousse, Chocolate Pizzelle, and Coffee Ice Cream.

Grant’s three-course meal

  • Appetizer: Raviolo Al Uovo with Morel Cream Sauce, Truffle Butter and Shaved Truffles.
  • Entree: Pork Loin Medallions with Salmoriglio Sauce, Agrodolce, Celery Root Puree and Beer Braised Fennel & Onions.
  • Dessert: Torn Stout Cake with Coffee Stout Mousse, Chocolate Pizzelle, and Coffee Ice Cream.

Kennedy’s three-course meal

  • Appetizer: Crispy Skinned Trout with Truffle Potatoes, Oyster Mushrooms, Tarragon Pea puree, Saffron Tuile, Trout Roe and Smoke Oyster Aioli.
  • Entree: Rabbit Saddle with Seared Rabbit Liver, Pickled Cherries, Beets and Juniper Berry Sauce.
  • Dessert: Black Sesame Cake with Dark Chocolate Ganache, Blackberry Mouse and Yuzu Chocolate Snow.

Who won MasterChef: United Tastes of America?

The judges sat down to discuss each of the dishes and dissect which dish shined while preparing to pick a winner. Early on in the episode it almost felt like Kennedy had this show wrapped up in a bag until Grant knocked the socks off the judges with his entree, and dessert.

Gordon Ramsay announced the winner of MasterChef: United Tastes of America was Grant.

MasterChef: United Tastes of America winner Grant talks big win 

Hidden Remote: Let’s talk about the finale, how much pressure were you feeling out there? 

Grant: The pressure is huge. It’s all of this stress, adrenaline, and anxiety from the entire season bottled up into this one moment. This is do or die. It’s saying to myself, Grant, you did everything you needed to do to get to this spot, and now there’s no mystery box. There’s no immunity, no hidden advantage, or anything like that. You have to go out and show them that you can cook better than the other two people. It was a lot, but it fueled me. I came out here, and I sacrificed time away from my wife and son to come here and do this. The goal obviously from the beginning is to win this thing.

Hidden Remote: Heading into the three-course menu, what dish were you scared to make the most? 

Grant: I would say dessert was definitely something that I was slightly worried about. I felt confident in the flavors, textures, and what I had going on. But there were four different components for that thing. One of them being ice cream, and getting that all done in an hour is a lot. I’m not used to it and don’t bake many sweets. I can do it, but it’s not my first choice. And so knowing that I had to nail those things so perfectly. I’m going up against Jennifer, an incredible baker. And Kennedy’s venues were always so fun, and her cooking style was wonderful. So, I knew I had to nail it.

Hidden Remote: How did it feel to hear Gordon Ramsay announce that you were the winner?  

Grant: I mean, it was, it was just a release of all those emotions I told you about. It was all that anxiety, stress, and adrenaline just left my body. To believe that from the beginning, when I flew out to LA, and it was over, and I did it. I’ll never forget it. I mean my knees buckled, I hit the floor, and suddenly, my son was in my arms. You know, he gets to see the confetti coming down, and I couldn’t have asked for a better storybook ending.

Hidden Remote: What advice do you give to somebody that wants to try to tackle the journey of Masterchef?

Grant: I’d say you start with the basics. Learn flavor profiles and basic sauces, learn what they teach you the first couple of weeks of culinary school, and find those bases where you can build flavors. And then just experiment. I’m not a recipe guy. I don’t, and I don’t love to follow recipes. I don’t love to make recipes. Because cooking is an art, and it’s something that you’re able to play around with and truly make your own. And so I just encourage people to try new things. Don’t get discouraged if you mess up in the kitchen; figure out where that mess up came from and, you know, build on it for the next time.

MasterChef: United Tastes of America airs Wednesdays on Fox at 8 p.m. ET. 

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