MasterChef Junior Gets its First Black Champ

MasterChef Junior Gets its First Black Champ


Twelve-year-old Jasmine Stewart just became the first Black and second female “MasterChef Junior” champion.

The Season 5 finale aired Thursday night and ended with the sixth grader from Ron Clark Academy in Atlanta taking home the trophy and a $100,000 cash prize.

“This is the biggest moment of my entire life,” she said. “Who would ever think a little girl from Milton, GA would ever win MasterChef Junior?”

Stewarts winning dish included a scallop-and-white fish appetizer, coconut curry, a lobster tail, a molten lava cake, and rack of lamb over beef and pork, that celebrity chef Gordon Ramsay called “breathtaking.”

“Some of the highlights of the show was winning, of course,” she told the Atlanta Journal-Constitution. “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.”

Written by Jordan Gaines

Jordan Gaines

Jordan Gaines is a cultural critic and Madison365 contributor.