We might have to thank MasterChef Canada for helping to bring us the next acclaimed restaurant in Metro Vancouver.
After 15 episodes of challenges and tests, the home cook who has come out on top on May 23 to claim the title of MasterChef Canada for Season 2 is David Jorge, a concrete contractor from Surrey, B.C.
In the season finale, Jorge competed against Line Pelletier from Moncton, New Brunswick. The two cooks had to prepare a three-course meal.
Pelletier won the first round, with her lobster and foie gras competing against Jorge's tomatoes with crispy sweetbreads (which were considered slightly tough).
However, Jorge's wild boar belly with geoduck clams won over Pelletier's butter-basted elk tenderloin (deemed undercooked) in the second round.
In the third round, Pelletier's dessert cheese plate with chocolate-olive bread and pistachio brittle pleased the judges. But Jorge's lemon curd parfait won them over.
The 40-year-old father of two won the $100,000 grand prize, with Pelletier as runner-up.
“I am honoured to be named Canada’s next MasterChef, as there were so many worthy home cooks in the kitchen this season,” Jorge stated in a news release. “It has been my life-long dream to open a restaurant, and now I can make it a reality—all thanks to the support of my family and friends.”
From the outset, there was a strong chance the winner would hail from B.C. as half the top 10 finalists were B.C. residents. Vancouver recording artist Cody Karey made it into the top five but was eliminated.
MasterChef Canada is accepting applications for Season 3. The deadline for B.C. applicants is June 21. In-person auditions will be held July 2 to 8.
For full details, visit the MasterChef Canada website.