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'MasterChef Junior' crowns Logan Guleff its Season 2 winner


By Elizabeth Kwiatkowski, 12/17/2014 

MasterChef Junior crowned Logan Guleff its second-season champion during Tuesday night's finale broadcast on Fox.

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Logan, an 11-year-old from Memphis, TN, won the MasterChef Junior trophy and $100,000 grand prize after creating a restaurant-quality three-course meal to be tasted by show judges Gordon Ramsay, Joe Bastianich and Graham Elliot.

"I can't believe I won. I mean, this is just like crazy talk. This feeling is super surreal. It feels like dreamyland. It feels amazing, life-changing. I mean, this is definitely one of the best days of my life. This is definitely a dream," Logan said following his victory announcement.

"This season, we were blown away by the junior home cooks' incredible skill, passion and imagination," Chef Ramsay said in a Fox statement. "Logan was a fierce competitor each week and developed a signature style and advanced techniques in the kitchen. We are extremely proud of what he has accomplished and look forward to following his culinary journey."

Logan defeated runner-up Samuel Stromberg, a 12-year-old from Greenbrae, CA, with his refined style, distinct flavors and risky techniques -- including the use of a smoking gun.

"I'm still going to keep cooking. I'm not going to let this defeat me," Samuel said after finishing in second place. "This is the start of my food career. And I can put this on my high-school application: 'Competed in MasterChef Junior, second place, runner-up.' I'm so proud of what I've done."

"Samuel is just a great chef," Logan said of his biggest competitor this season. "He definitely put up a really good fight. It's been amazing to be on MasterChef Junior, to be in the finale, but it's not about the money. It's not about the trophy. It's about making friends forever."

In the season's final challenge, Logan and Samuel competed in a culinary showdown in the kitchen. Logan's winning three-course meal was comprised of an appetizer of grilled spot prawns with smoked saffron aioli, a main course of salt-crusted branzino with chimichurri and roasted vegetables, and a dessert of meyer lemon madeleines with goat cheese mousse.

"During my journey on MasterChef Junior, I learned so much from the judges, especially to be more confident in the kitchen and to be more determined," Logan said in a statement. "Of course, I will always remember the moment when I won, but I will also never forget the amazing time I had with the other contestants and judges."

The third season of MasterChef Junior, which premieres January 6 at 8PM ET/PT, will feature 19 new junior home cooks between the ages of eight and 13 competing in a series of culinary challenges.



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