MasterChef September 18, 2019 Dorian Hunter Won (Recap)
Hey, “MasterChef” fans. Tonight, September 18, 2019, the huge finale episode did indeed air, and a winner was finally crowned! The judges: Gordon Ramsay, Aarón Sanchez, and Joe Bastianich were, of course, all on hand.
Tonight’s finale show kicked off by individually introducing the final contestants: Sarah Faherty, Nick DiGiovanni and Dorian Hunter. They showed video segments of their journey to the final three.
After that, they revealed that the winner would win the MasterChef trophy, $250,000, and a state of the art Viking Kitchen. Then as a bonus, the winner gets to train at Gordon, Aaron and Joe’s restaurants.
All of the eliminated contestants were brought back to root on the finalists. Then they got down to the nitty gritty. It was time for the contestants to start competing in a three part challenge.
Dorian said her dishes would be inspired by her mother. Nick said his dishes were going to have a college theme to them. Sarah said her dishes would be inspired by her husband.
They were given 60 minutes to cook up a delicious appetizer dish. Shortly after they got started, Dorian was seen telling Gordon she was making a puree and roasted scallops dish.
Sarah told Joe she was making a fried Octopus dish. Nick told Aaron he was making a crab and pomme souffle.
During the challenge, the judges talked about how difficult each contestants’ dishes will be to pull off. The judges thought Dorian was flipping scallops too early, but she explained why she was doing it, and she seemed very confident.
Nick seemed to run into some trouble getting the pomme souffle correct, but he eventually got it right.
After their time was up, Nick presented his crab and pomme souffle dish first. He called it the “Beer pong.” Gordon said, “It looks stunning. The crab is delicious, but the cone didn’t make any sense.” Aaron said, “I loved the sauce, but I didn’t like the breaded cup.”
Joe said, “There’s good news and bad news on this plate. You executed it with precision. It’s perfectly executed and smart. The bad news is you’ll have to do even better next time. You’ve set the bar.”
Dorian presented a seared scallops with bacon,sweet corn puree dish. Gordon said, “It’s delicious. It packs a punch. The scallops are seared beautifully.” Aaron said, “I like it, and it speaks of who you are.” Joe said, “All the individual components of this dish are excellent. The corn is great.”
Sarah presented a braised octopus, chorizo and chili vinaigrette dish. Gordon said she did a good job, but it was a little much for an appetizer. He said, “Don’t OD me on the appetizer. Good job.” Joe said, “The chorizo didn’t pay off for you. The octopus tasted like the best fried calamari I’ve ever tasted in my life. You took a big risk, and it paid off.”
Next, the contestants were given 60 minutes to make their entrees. Dorian said she was making a applewood smoked short rib. Nick said he as making a steam shred bass and salad dish. Sarah said she was making a crusted lamb dish.
During this round, they mentioned that Dorian was running late getting her short ribs in the cooker. Nick told Joe he’s definitely not compromising the taste of his food for his college theme.
Sarah told Aaron she definitely feels confident about her dish. Dorian revealed that she’s cooking the short rib in the pressure cooker to save on time, and she was very confident it would still have good flavor.
At the 30 minute mark, Gordon presented a twist. He told the final three contestants that one of them would get eliminated after the entree rounds, which upped the pressure. Nick said he liked that idea because he likes working under pressure.
Dorian seemed pleased with her short ribs after she finally took them out of the pressure cooker.
The judges thought Sarah was starting to panic at this point. However, she got her medium rare lamb cooked just right in the nick of time.
After their time was up, Dorian presented her applewood smoked short rib dish first. Gordon said, “It is absolutely delicious. The short rib is real melt in your mouth.” Aaron liked it and said, “You were able to lighten up the short rib.” Joe thought it was good, but the presentation lacked.
Nick presented his steamfried bass with puree dish. He called it an “All Nighter.” Gordon said, “The fish is steamed beautifully. It’s very sweet and smokey.” Aaron said, “The fish is underdone by a lot, but everything else is working.” Joe said, ” The skin is masterfully done. It’s the highest form of cooking.” It was revealed that Aaron was the only one who got undercooked fish. So, he said, “I got the funky one.”
Sarah presented her herb crusted rack of lamb dish. Gordon said, “The lamb is cooked beautifully. It is premiere, but the vegetables lacked.” Aaron said, “The lamb is cooked perfect, but the sauce is underdeveloped.” Joe said, “The vegetables are nice, but I’m not sure if that was your intention.”
Next, the judges deliberated and decided to eliminate Nick. Gordon mentioned it was because one of his seabass was undercooked. That undercooked meat will get you eliminated everytime on this show. That’s for sure. Joe did offer Nick the opportunity to work in one of his restaurants. So, that was nice.
At this point, it was just down to Dorian and Sarah. They had to make their desserts, and they were given another 60 minutes to do so. Dorian revealed that she was making a lemon blueberry tart. Sarah said she was making a chocolate torte dish.
During this round, Dorian told Gordon she was making a mixture of two desserts combined into one.
Sarah said her dessert is one of her husband’s favorite dishes. After they were done, Sarah and Dorian gave each other a big hug. It was very emotional.
Dorian presented her lemon blueberry tart with toasted meringue. Gordon said,”It is delicious for me. You’ve tackled one of the most difficult meringue dishes.” Aaron said, “I just wish the sweetness was tampered down a bit.”
Joe said, “It is probably one of the best home made dishes, but is it enough to win?” Joe mentioned that Sarah is presenting more restaurant style dishes.
Next, Sarah presented her chocolate torte dish. Gordon said, “It looks beautiful. It’s restaurant quality without a doubt. It’s absolutely delicious. I love it. Good job.” Aaron said, ” If you’re a chocolate lover and you get this dish, you’re in Heaven.” Joe said, “I love it.”
Next, the judges deliberated. It was also revealed that both Dorian and Sarah will get a state of the art Viking Kitchen for their efforts.
Then finally, the judges revealed that Dorian won the season over Sarah. So, Dorian gets the $250,000 grand prize. Plus, the opportunity to train at Gordon, Aaron and Joe’s restaurants.
How do you guys feel about Dorian Hunter winning the 10th season of MasterChef? Are you happy about it? Are you sad? Or do you just not care one way or the other? Let us know in the comments section.
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