"MasterChef" Celebrates 10th Season With Its First Black Woman Winner - Black Enterprise
Black Enterprise magazine Fall 2019 issue

After 10 seasons, a black female contestant has won MasterChef.

According to Atlanta Black Star, Dorian Hunter from Cartersville, Ga., won the judges over with a menu that included “an appetizer of seared scallops with cornmeal tuille, sweet corn puree, and pickled swiss chard; an entrée of applewood smoked short ribs with potato and horseradish gratin; as well as a lemon blueberry tart for dessert” while competing to create a three-course meal for family, friends, and former champions of the series hosted by celebrity chef Gordon Ramsey.

Hunter beat out meals from San Diego’s Sarah Faherty and Rhode Island’s Nick DiGiovanni to collect the $250,000 grand prize. In addition to the money, Hunter also won the opportunity to work with judges Ramsay, Aarón Sánchez, and Joe Bastianich.

MasterChef is an American reality TV show centered around a cooking competition. It is based on the British series of the same name and is catered toward amateur and home chefs. It debuted July 27, 2010 on FOX.

“This is a life-changer and I’m so happy to, not my fans, but my family,” Hunter said.

According to Parade.com, Hunter’s immediate plans are to author a cookbook tied to the culinary point of view she carried out throughout MasterChef.

“My vision for my cookbook would be what I have been saying all season, elevated soul. I don’t want to be too rustic, because I think that has already been done a lot, but I want to show soul food cooking done in a different way—in a beautiful way, not just in a homestyle way.”

Hunter also has plans to open a restaurant. As she told Parade.com, “I always say that having the title is more than the money. I am hoping to be able to work the title to, ultimately, open up that restaurant.”