Shaun O'Neale Crowned "MasterChef" Winner
September 14, 2016 - Tonight, Season Seven of MASTERCHEF came to an unforgettable conclusion as host and executive producer Gordon Ramsay, along with fellow judge Christina Tosi, and finale guest judges Wolfgang Puck and Daniel Bouloud, named Shaun O’Neale the winner. In addition to earning the MASTERCHEF title, O’Neale, a 33-year-old DJ from Las Vegas, NV, walked away with a cookbook deal and the $250,000 grand prize. He also will be one of the featured chefs on the MASTERCHEF Cruise, which sets sail later this year.
Watch/Share O’Neale’s reaction to winning MASTERCHEF: https://youtu.be/J4twZ7F0-0A
“Winning MASTERCHEF is, by far, my greatest achievement. To be able to share my recipes with the world in my very own cookbook has been a longtime dream of mine and now I get that opportunity,” said O’Neale. “The MASTERCHEF title is something I have worked my butt off for and I couldn’t be more proud to represent the MASTERCHEF legacy!”
“Shaun has been a strong contender since the beginning of this season and continued to impress each of the guest judges,” said series host Gordon Ramsay. “His passion, enthusiasm and dedication was evident.”
In tonight’s sensational season finale episode which, for the first time in MASTERCHEF history, featured three finalists, the Top Three prepared an appetizer dish, an entrée and a dessert. O’Neale created an elevated three-course meal: miso halibut cheeks with vadouvan carrot puree and pickled mushrooms; an entrée of ancho coffee-roasted venison loin with roasted chanterelles and smoked plums with a truffle demi-glaze; and a salted caramel chocolate tart for dessert. Brandi Mudd, a fifth grade teacher from Irvington, KY, prepared bourbon-braised pork belly with apricot BBQ sauce and butternut squash puree, topped with rhubarb and chard slaw for an appetizer; seared duck with wilted greens and ramp hushpuppies as an entrée; and corn meal madeleines with a white chocolate mousse for dessert. David Williams, a poker player, who also is from Las Vegas, made a beet-cured salmon with uni and caviar, topped with a poached egg for an appetizer; savoy-wrapped guinea hen and foie gras with a morello cream sauce as his entrée; and glazed cherry with chocolate crumble for dessert. In the end, it was O’Neale’s exquisite flavors and thoughtful dishes that won over the judges and earned him the MASTERCHEF title.
At the end of its seventh season, MASTERCHEF ranks as the season’s No. 1 cooking show on television, among Adults 18-49.
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ABOUT GORDON RAMSAY
Renowned for highly successful and award-winning original programming, multi-Michelin star chef Gordon Ramsay produces TV shows on both sides of the Atlantic, seen by audiences worldwide, including his FOX shows, HOTEL HELL, MASTERCHEF, MASTERCHEF JUNIOR and MASTERCHEF CELEBRITY SHOWDOWN, as well as Bravo’s “Best New Restaurant” and Food Network’s competition series, “Food Court Wars.”
In the U.K., he’s produced “Gordon Ramsay Behind Bars” and “Gordon Ramsay’s Great Escape” for Channel 4; food biography and nostalgia series “My Kitchen” for UKTV’s Good Food Channel; two instructional cookery series, “Ultimate Home Cooking” and “Ultimate Cookery Course” for Channel 4, and the first two seasons of “Matilda and the Ramsay Bunch,” starring Tilly Ramsay for U.K. children's channel CBBC, all under his One Potato Two Potato banner.
His next-generation multi-media production company, STUDIO RAMSAY, has a joint venture with All3Media to develop and produce both unscripted and scripted television shows, creating new formats and innovative programming that includes a scripted arm focused on food-related themes, and development of new talent on a global front. The catalogue of programs that Ramsay has worked on historically with All3Media via One Potato Two Potato, together with new original content he’s currently developing make for a unique and dynamic production and distribution partnership.
ABOUT ENDEMOL SHINE NORTH AMERICA
Endemol Shine North America delivers world-class content and compelling storytelling to multiple platforms in the U.S. and across the globe. Endemol Shine North America is part of Endemol Shine Group, the newly launched global content creator, producer and distributor with a diverse portfolio of companies that are behind some of the most prominent hit television formats and series in the world.
Its Endemol Shine Studios division develops and produces original scripted television programming in the U.S. for global exploitation and Endemol Shine Latino oversees all Spanish-language sales and development in both the U.S. and now across all of Latin America. Subsidiary production companies include Authentic Entertainment, Original Media, True Entertainment and 51 Minds Entertainment. In addition, Endemol Shine North America has a strategic partnership with Ryan Seacrest Productions.
Endemol Shine Group’s companies in North America are behind such hit series as “Big Brother” (CBS), “The Biggest Loser” (NBC), “Hell on Wheels” (AMC), “Ink Master” (Spike), “Kingdom” (AT&T Audience Network), MASTERCHEF (FOX), MASTERCHEF JUNIOR (FOX), “Restaurant Startup” (CNBC), “Swamp People” (History), “The Real Housewives of Atlanta” (Bravo), “Steve Harvey” (NBCU), “T.I. & Tiny: The Family Hustle” (VH1), “Steve Austin’s Broken Skull Challenge” (CMT), “Billion Dollar Buyer” (CNBC) and upcoming “Hunted” (CBS), SUPERHUMAN (FOX), “The Almost Impossible Game Show” (MTV) and “I’m Dying Up Here” (Showtime).
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