Alexander Weiss, 13, wins $100,000 after being crowned Masterchef Junior of the U.S.By Mason White 4:39 PM November 10, 2013
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(Scroll down for video) Alexander Weiss, a thirteen-year-old boy from New York City, New York, was crowned as the first Masterchef Junior.
Weiss walked away with a cool $100,000 prize on Friday night, defeating a very talented Dara Yu, 12, of Culver City, California.
The winning menu consisted of a lemon basil shrimp and heirloom tomato crostini for the appetizer, and a braised veal cutlet served over potato gnocchi with sage butter and shallot sauce for the main course. A Napoleon cannoli was served for dessert.
The eighth-grader from Manhattan, prepared a medium rare cooked Veal chop that was so perfect it made the usually grumpy TV chef Gordon Ramsay sing some praise.
“Young man, that is one of the best visual cooked veal chops anywhere in the country tonight. Chefs are now trembling with the way it’s done,” he said.
Weiss was humble after his victory.
“Congratulations to Dara because she did an amazing job,” Weiss said. “I think this is an inspiration for children to cook. It means a lot to me,” Weiss also said.