KINGSTON, Jamaica — Twelve-year-old Jasmine Stewart channelled her Jamaican roots for inspiration to be crowned the new MasterChef Junior last night.
The FOX series, hosted by renowned chef Gordon Ramsay, puts young chefs in a series of culinary challenges to determine who will be crowned with the titular award.
On her journey to the prize, the young sixth-grader in Atlanta was eliminated from the show, but was later brought back along with five other contestants.
Stewart eventually won the finale of four contestants, at one point winning a challenge with a meal that included a jerk-seasoned lobster tail, coconut curry broth and veggies.
She was also described by the judges as putting “her heart and soul in these Jamaican dishes,” on one occasion.
Stewart and her parents reportedly said after the competition that they intend to save the US$100, 000 prize to send Stewart to college.