October 18th, 2010
05:29 PM ET
Whitney Miller may be young, but she's fierce in the kitchen.
The 22-year-old college student from Mississippi is the first winner of Fox's reality cooking show, "MasterChef." Her competitors were older, but the southern girl from the small town of Poplarville didn't back down. The finale brought her face to face with a 29-year-old lead software engineer from Massachusetts.
He prepared beef Wellington for his entrée while Whitney prepared a southern fried chicken breast over creamed collard greens. But when she was transferring the chicken to the plate, one of the worst things that could happen in a reality cooking competition did: The chicken fell to the floor.
Whitney still managed to cook a new winning chicken breast in only seven minutes, and she admits that the secret ingredient was definitely prayer. The judges were ultimately impressed with her ability to take the cheapest ingredients and create an upscale dish.
As for the $250,000 she won on MasterChef, Whitney plans to travel. Italy is her dream destination, and of course she envisions the exquisite food and possibly taking some cooking classes. She's also working on a cookbook that an "everyday person can enjoy." While she's whipping up recipes, her dad is taste testing. Needless to say, "he's really enjoying his job a lot," Whitney said.
A release date for her cookbook has yet to be announced, but if you want to test out one of her recipes, you can try the German Chocolate Molton Lava Cake by checking out her YouTube cooking demonstration.
More from Whitney's interview with CNN:
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