Christine Ha has been named the winner of MasterChef 2012. Her fortitude and determination were amazing and the win was well deserved.
This episode had Christine Ha battling Josh Marks in a full menu challenge. Her courses were a Thai crab salad for appetizer, braised pork belly for entree, and a coconut lime sorbet for dessert. She played it safe by using the pressure cooker. It would be hard for her to cook by frying or baking because she wouldn’t be able to see when it’s done. By putting the pork belly in the pressure cooker, she could be certain it would be fully cooked and super tender. Her menu was based on her mothers cooking- good homestyle Asian food. She kept her flavours simple but impacting.
Her crab salad appetizer was great, with a sour/spicy vinaigrette. The judges loved the flavours but thought it might be too simple. Her pork belly entree was too rustic looking for the finale. The judges did love the taste, but her presentation should have been more professional. We’ve seen much prettier dish from her. Her dessert of coconut lime sorbet was fresh after the heavy pork belly dish.
In the end it was Christine who won and Josh was eliminated. Congratulations on Christine Ha winning MasterChef 2012!
Do you think Christine deserved to win?