Acapulco-based businesswoman and home cook Michelle Mathelin is the winner of EstrellaTV’s talent competition series MasterChef Latinos and has earned the coveted title of MasterChef. EstrellaTV is the Spanish-language multiplatform network of Estrella Media. The season finale of MasterChef Latinos aired last night, Thursday May 19 at 8 P.M./7 P.M. CT. The episode will repeat on Sunday, May 22 from 7 to 9 P.M./6 to8 P.M. CT.
Read the full episode recap HERE:
In the grand finale, the three finalists – Neuris, Michelle, and Dalia – brought the season to a spectacular close with a black-tie finale that included a return appearance of the entire cast and special guest Chef Carlos Gaytán. The first challenge created by Chef Gaytán was to recreate a refined dish of sole with artichokes and hollandaise sauce. Dalia had trouble following Chef Gaytán’s instructions, and she was eventually eliminated.
Narrowed to just Neuris and Michelle, they both had to present a three-course menu. Michelle chose a varied and elegant menu of duck enchiladas as an appetizer; tripe with foie gras, caviar sauce, and pea puree as a main entrée; and poached pear with vanilla and lavender cream as a dessert. Neuris wanted to represent Cuba with his menu, with an appetizer of Cuban croquettes with serrano ham and cheese; Congrí rice, Cuban tamale, and baked pork ribs as a main course; and guava cake with jam and a basket filled with tropical fruits for dessert. Michelle’s elegant flavors ultimately won over the judges, and she was declared the winner.
MasterChef Latinos, which sets out to find the nation’s best amateur chefs and home cooks, is produced for EstrellaTV by Endemol Shine Boomdog. It will return for its second season in Spring 2023, and will air on EstrellaTV and stream on multiple platforms, including the EstrellaTV app on Roku, Android, and iOS devices.