The season 6 Masterchef Junior finale has aired tonight, at 8 p.m. ET/PT on the Fox network. Just three out of the original 40 contestants were left in the competition – Beni Cwiakala, Avery Meadows and Quani Pointer. But, only one ends up the winner of $100,000 and the title of Masterchef Junior. Cwiakala has been a favorite this season, while Meadows has gained attention for being the youngest, at just age 8. Pointer, like the other two, has pulled off some amazing dishes over the course of the season.
So, which one of the three took home the title of Masterchef Junior? And the winner is … Beni Cwiakala.
Recently, Beni Cwiakala spoke with the Chicago Tribune about the finale, saying she was shocked that she made it into the finals, which is usually reserved for just two contestants. Cwiakala exclaimed, “I’m very shocked because I didn’t think I’d make it this far, being this little, humble girl from Chicago. I was like, ‘OK, I’m going to try out. If I get an apron, I’ll be so happy.’ Just to be in the finale it was like, ohmigosh, now I’m in it to win it.” Cwiakala was just 9 years old when she taped the show with the others and now she is 11.
When Pointer was filming the show, he told the Gwinette Daily Post that he would sometimes get homesick and miss his family back in Georgia. After all, they originally fueled his passion for cooking. On the show, he recalled, “When I was younger, my mom and grandma liked to cook, and I wanted to cook with them. It really became something that was fun for me that I just couldn’t stop doing.”
As for Meadows, she said that she wanted to audition for Masterchef Junior when she was 7 years old, but she was still too young, so when she turned 8, she was able to make the cut. For her audition, she had to measure a cup of water, chop celery, and cook an egg, according to Our Tribune. Cooking definitely runs in Meadows’ family, as her mother, Christina, owns Sweet Meadows Bakery.
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All three junior chefs prepared individual three-course meals for the judges on tonight’s Masterchef Junior finale. The winner was then announced. A shortened, encore presentation of the finale, narrowed down to revealing the winner, will air on Saturday, May 19, 2018, from 8 – 9 p.m. ET/PT, also on Fox.