“MASTERCHEF: BACK TO WIN” FINALE: Season 12 of this hit culinary competition brought back a batch of All-Stars looking for redemption. For the first time ever, ‘MasterChef’ re-opened the door to some of the most memorable and talented cooks in the competition’s history. In the concluding part of the series finale, the three finalists are putting all they have into the last dishes they will ever cook in the MasterChef kitchen. It’s an all-out culinary war, but only one home cook can claim the “MasterChef” title, the $250,000 grand prize, and a complete state-of-the-art kitchen from Viking.
City: New Orleans, LA
Occupation: Private Chef & Culinary Entrepreneur
Original Season: 5
About: Chef Christian, who is known for his fiery personality and quick wit in the kitchen, is returning for redemption eight years after he initially competed on MasterChef! Since competing, Christian has launched his own brand of seasonings, is a private chef for professional athletes in New Orleans, and was even crowned the “Best Chef” in Louisiana in 2020. From his 15 years living and working in NOLA, Christian has embedded his passion for the city’s tastes and culture, combined with a tumultuous personal past, into creating mouth-watering dishes.
City: Culver City, CA
Occupation: Culinary Student & Part Time Chef
Original Season: MasterChef Junior Season 1
About: Following her time in the MasterChef Junior kitchen, Dara developed a web series with DreamWorks. At just 15, she worked as a cooking assistant at The Gourmandise School in Santa Monica, CA and was a part of the Dominique Ansel Bakery opening team at The Grove just a year later. A graduate from the renowned Culinary Institute of America (CIA), Dara has returned for this year’s All-Stars season of MasterChef: Back to Win. When not in the kitchen, Dara is passionate about inspiring young chefs.
City: Austin, TX
Occupation: Cookbook Author and Private Chef
MasterChef Junior Season: 10
About: As an author and chef, Chef Michael Silverstein loves to share his love of food with others. He does so by being a popular, engaging foodie influencer on Instagram, sharing step-by step recipes on YouTube, and writing best-selling cookbooks. Since becoming Keto and losing over 80 pounds in one year, Michael has been an encouraging force for all to feel happy, healthy and confident. This has prompted the release of his upcoming cookbook, “New Keto: Dinner in 30.” Michael is also very passionate about raising awareness for the LGBTQ+ community.