It was down to Natasha Crnjac and Luca Manfe as "MasterChef" arrived at its fourth season finale. For Luca, there was the added pressure that if he were to win the show, he'd be the first man to do so on the American version. It was the restaurant owner (Luca) versus the stay-at-home mom (Natasha). Three courses would decide everything.
At the end, Gordon Ramsay made the announcement, "Congratulations ... Luca!”
According to Ramsay, it was the toughest decision yet. He'd even tried to convince the other judges to consider a draw, but that was against the rules. For Natasha, it was heartbreaking, but coming in second -- and it was obviously very close -- on such a brutal show is no small feat. As for Luca, he was completely floored. He said that he'd truly achieved the American dream. And then there's the $250,000 prize, which is a dream unto itself.
Fans of "MasterChef" won't have to wait long for the next batch of contestants, and these are guaranteed to be 100% more adorable. "MasterChef Junior" pits kids against one another and premieres Friday, September 27 on Fox.
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