MasterChef September 15, 2021 Winner Revealed In Finale Episode (Recap)
Hey, “MasterChef” fans. Tonight, September 15, 2021, the finale episode of MasterChef with judges: Gordon Ramsay, Aarón Sanchez, and Joe Bastianich did indeed air, and we finally found out who won this friggin season.
Previous contestants from this season Abe, Tay, Anne, Alejandro, Joseph and Michael returned to watch the finalists Autumn, Suu and Kelsey battle it out for the title of MasterChef 2021!
They were told they would have to make a 3 course menu. The winner gets $250,000 dollars and a MasterChef trophy. The winner also gets a complete kitchen from Viking. Everyone got a new Viking range and tools.
Next, all of the finalists got a special video message from their families. Then, Chef Curtis Stone came back to be a 4th, guest judge for the appetizers round. The finalists were given 60 minutes to make their appetizers.
A couple minutes into the appetizers round, Gordon stopped them and told them they’re adding a new twist. They had to make a 4 course meal instead of a 3 course meal! Before the appetizers, they were given 30 minutes to make 10 canapes, and they must be in line with the theme of their menu.
During the Canape round, Suu told Gordon about her dish. Autumn talked to Joe about her dish. Kesley talked to Joe about her Beef Tartare dish.
After the 30 minutes was up, the contestants presented their dishes to the judges. Kelsey was up first with her beef tartare with toasted brioche crostini and fried caper dish. Gordon said, “It’s slightly too salty.” Curtis said, “It’s a little too crisp.” Joe said, “It’s seasoned aggressively, but good job.”
Suu presented a beef & potato curry puff with tamarind sauce dish. Gordon said, “I love the fragrance.” Curtis said, “The flavor is wonderful.” Aaron said, “It’s memorable and flavorful.” Joe said, “I can’t wait for the rest of your meal.”
Autumn presented a uni toast with soft scrambled eggs, caviar, uni and chive dish. Gordon said, “Be careful of the caviar.” Curtis said, “The eggs are cooked just right. It’s a wonderful dish.” Aaron said, “It was done really well.” Joe said, “You nailed it.”
Next, the finalists started their appetizers round. They were given 60 minutes to make them. During it, Suu talked to Aaron about her fresh tofu dish. He wished her good luck.
Kelsey talked to Joe about her ravioli dish. He wished her good luck. At one point, Kesley revealed that she broke her ravioli with less than 15 minutes to go!
When that round was over, Autumn presented her pork & spot prawn dumpling with prawn dashi, salmon roe and fried prawn head dish. Gordon said, “A lot of work went into this. The technical flare is flawless.” Curtis said, “The dumplings are beautiful.” Aaron said, “The broth seasoning is too salty.” Joe said, “The fried prawn head is perfection and world class.”
Suu presented a Burmese chickpea tofu salad with baby octopus, tamarind-fish sauce caramel, red cabbage slaw and crispy lotus chips dish. Gordon said, “You’ve elevated the chickpea salad, but the octopus isn’t really working for me.” Curtis said, “The beak is still in there, but this is a gorgeous plate of food.” Joe said, “It’s fantastic. The octopus is overcooked. That’s a huge mistake on this dish.”
Kelsey presented a lobster & crab ravioli with blood orange & saffron nage, basil oil and caviar dish. Gordon said, “It’s absolutely delicious and one of the most elegant dishes.” Curtis said, “It’s wonderful. The execution was really good.” Aaron said, “It’s very well done.” Joe said, “It merits to be in the premiere league.”
After all of that, the finalists were given another 60 minutes to make their entrees. Chef Michael Cimarusti joined in as a guest judge for this round.
During this round, Autumn revealed that she had trouble with her oven at one point. Autumn told Gordon she was frazzled. Gordon gave her some words of encouragement, telling her she had plenty of time. With 5 minutes to go, Autumn got it together and said her fish is looking good.
When the entree round was over, Kelsey was up first to present her crispy skinned duck breast with honeynut puree, cherry bigarade sauce, endives and pearl onions dish. Gordon said, “It’s stunning.” Michael said, “It’s sophisticated. Gordon said, “The duck is cooked beautifully, but the puree is underseasoned.” Aaron said, “You nailed the duck. Good work.” Joe said, “I didn’t like the puree.”
Suu presented a banana leaf wrapped seabass with coconut rice, banana ketchup, shishito peppers and herb salad dish. Gordon said, “It looks beautiful. The fish is beautiful and delicious. The ketchup is delicious. You should put less paste on the fish.” Aaron said, “The rice needs a little something else, but this dish has great flavor.” Michael said, “The fish is cooked well. It’s impressive.” Joe said, “I really enjoyed this dish.”
Autumn presented a broiled miso cod with uni risotto, burdock root chips, fried maitake mushrooms and grilled scallion dish. Gordon said, “It looks stunning. You absolutely nailed the cod. The rice needed 1 or 2 minutes more of cooking.” Michael said, “It’s almost worthy of Michelin star.” Joe said, “It’s cooked beautifully.” Aaron said, “It was good.”
After all of that, the finalists made their desserts for the final round. They were given another 60 minutes to do it.
After it was completed, Suu was up first to present her rose flan cake with saffron & cardamom ice cream, pistachio tuile and pistachio dust dish. Gordon said, “The ice cream is top notch. It deserves more flan, but it’s delicious.” Michael said, “It’s absolutely delicious.” Aaron said, “It’s a beautiful exercise in texture.” Joe said, “It’s fantastic.”
Autumn presented a Japanese “jiggly” yuzu cheesecake with strawberry coulis and yuzu curd dish. Gordon said, “I love it. It’s delicious. Spot on. Great job.” Michael said,”It’s wicked good. It’s really really good.” Aaron said, “It’s good.” Joe said, “It’s really spot on, but I wish it had a little more flavor.”
Kelsey presented a blueberry & lavender panna cotta with lemon curd, lemon sable’ and cookie crumble dish. Gordon said, “It’s delicious.” Aaron said, “It’s firing on all cylinders.” Michael said, “It’s a beautiful dish.” Joe said, “It’s a perfect balance between crispy and firm. Good job.”
After all of that, the judges finally deliberated over all of the dishes and revealed that Kelsey Murphy was the winner of MasterChef 2021! How do you guys feel about that? Let us know in the comments section.
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