It was east versus west, the battle of the sexes, and one of the youngest competitors in MasterChef Canada's final showdown for its latest season.
For the season 5 finale of the Canadian cooking competition (which aired on June 19), 19-year-old tile-setter assistant Beccy Stables from Sherwood Park, Alberta, went up against 31-year-old small business owner Andy Hay from Dartmouth, Nova Scotia.
After having only three hours to prepare a three-course meal, Stables served up a Scotch quail egg on a nest of potatoes and parsnips appetizer; rabbit two-ways on a Jerusalem artichoke purée; and a fallen apple pie.
Meanwhile, Hay drew upon Atlantic Canadian cuisine with dishes such as Halifax donair salad with lamb, pita chips, and tahini dressing; Dungeness crab, sweetbreads, onion soubise, and crab bisque; and Newfoundland touton (a traditional Canadian pancake).
After the judges deliberated, Stables emerged the champion, winning the $100,000 grand prize and titles of MasterChef Canada.
"This trophy is going to change every aspect of my life—I can finally pursue my dream of becoming a chef,” Stables said in a news release about her win. “I am not going back to tile setting; I just want to cook in a restaurant.”
Stables' victory marks the second-consecutive win by an Albertan home cook, as Season 4 was won by Edmonton's Trevor Connie (originally from Vancouver).