A Sherwood Park teenager is now a MasterChef Canada champion.
19-year-old Beccy Stables topped Nova Scotia's Andy Hay in the season finale on Tuesday (June 20) night.
She takes home $100,000 and has opened up an array of doors for her career.
"This trophy is going to change every aspect of my life – I can finally pursue my dream of becoming a chef," said Stables. "I’ve realized that dreams are possible, they’re not just dreams. I am not going back to tile setting; I just want to cook in a restaurant."
In only three uninterrupted hours, Stables and Hay had to prepare a three-course meal. Both contestants were joined by their loved ones and other season home cooks in the gallery.
In the appetizer round, Stables created a scotch quail egg on a nest of potatoes and parsnips, while Hay presented a Halifax donair salad with lamb, pita chips and tahini dressing. The three esteemed judges enjoyed the nature-inspired presentation of Beccy’s dish, but some of the parsnips were overdone and elements inconsistent.
The home cooks then moved on to prepare their entreés. Beccy presented the judges with rabbit two ways on a Jerusalem artichoke purée, while Andy prepared an elevated hodge-podge with Dungeness crab, sweetbreads, onion soubise and crab bisque. The judges declared Beccy’s dish had great composition, was perfectly cooked and showed great thoughtfulness and instinct. Andy’s presentation was lacking, but all of the elements were perfectly cooked and the flavours were fresh, rich and bountiful.
In the final round of the showdown, the two cooks prepared and presented their complex desserts. The judges found Stables' fallen apple pie had a highly original presentation with familiar, but unique flavours, while Andy’s Newfoundland touton looked delectable, was rich in flavour, and one of his "finest moments" in the competition.
The judges’ initial feedback left the two in a virtual tie with judging coming down to the finest details and slightest missteps. Following a difficult deliberation and considering the journey of each finalist, the judges revealed that Stables was victorious.
Stables is the youngest competitor and winner in the reality show's five season run.