Stewart, who was initially eliminated from the cooking competition and then brought back, defied odds by being named the champion. The sixth grader won a trophy and the whopping $100,000 grand prize.
Stewart’s winning meal was a three-course feast that included an appetizer of scallops and white fish with a green papaya salad, a lobster tail and coconut curry main dish and a sticky rum cake with pineapple chips for dessert. Co-hosts Hell’s Kitchen Gordon Ramsay and pastry chef Christina Tosi judged along with guest judges celebrity chef Wolfgang Puck and lifestyle mogul Martha Stewart, who actually wanted the recipe for the sticky rum cake.
“Some of the highlights of the show was winning of course. But I did love it when I got an apron. I never thought I would even make it on the show, let alone be getting an apron and get to wear it.” Stewart told The Atlanta Journal-Constitution
After winning the competition, Stewart said, “This is the biggest moment of my entire life. Who would ever think a little girl from Milton, Georgia would ever win ‘MasterChef Junior’?”