'MasterChef' winner dishes on $250,000 win
October 18th, 2010
05:29 PM ET

'MasterChef' winner dishes on $250,000 win

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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  1. TOEFL Kurse

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    April 3, 2012 at 6:25 pm | Report abuse |
  2. Deeneaus

    You all should be ashamed for posting this trash. She won fair and square regardless of her "alleged 'looks'" or this other nonsense being posted. She's genuine in what she creates and appealed to the judges with her final products. Get over yourselves.

    October 20, 2010 at 5:58 am | Report abuse |
  3. DrKnife

    I really thought that several of the other people on this show were robbed and I really didn't expect her to win. As far as Gordon Ramsey's cooking integrity, I have the utmost respect for him and I hope that his decision wasn't swayed by her alleged 'looks' (I personally can't see it, but that's just me)

    October 19, 2010 at 1:37 pm | Report abuse |
  4. Mini

    I agree with you Kitty. It seemed like Ramsey wanted her to win and the challenges went in her favour by design. I will not watch MasterChef again because season one was clearly setup for the favorite person to win instead of the most talented cook.

    October 19, 2010 at 1:04 pm | Report abuse |
  5. Kitty

    She won for two reasons 1) she's pretty 2) everyone hates intelligent people.

    October 19, 2010 at 12:59 pm | Report abuse |
  6. Murphy

    WHY SO SERIOUS?!?!

    October 19, 2010 at 11:31 am | Report abuse |
  7. CLARENCE

    This chick basically made fried chicken...give me a break...David Miller was robbed, hopefully he gets another shot...easily one of the most interesting personalities on TV...is he the best chef I've seen...maybe!

    October 19, 2010 at 11:25 am | Report abuse |
  8. Lombardo

    I bet she'll make a great wife...

    October 19, 2010 at 9:09 am | Report abuse |
  9. Flo

    Actually watched the show and she did outdo many on many levels. She had some misses but not during the final challenges where you had to determine foods, tastes, etc she outdid everyone. That is what kept in there to the end.

    October 19, 2010 at 8:21 am | Report abuse |
  10. Philip J Fry

    The whole show is fake they know who they were going to pick to be the winner since the audition.
    The 22 yr old beat the other 99 cont not likely

    October 19, 2010 at 5:20 am | Report abuse |
  11. Co

    tinyurl.com/399xoyr

    October 19, 2010 at 12:53 am | Report abuse |
  12. D

    Good for her :)

    October 19, 2010 at 12:03 am | Report abuse |
  13. Liz

    portalpunk - I'll second that !!- where's you 'funny" today ???

    October 18, 2010 at 5:34 pm | Report abuse |
  14. portalpunk

    Firsty, as usual

    October 18, 2010 at 5:31 pm | Report abuse |

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