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MasterChef Junior: Contestant Honors Her Afro-Latinx Roots

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In the Pixar film “Ratatouille,” food critic Anton Ego, voiced by the late, great Peter O’Toole, declares:

“Not everyone can become a great artist; but a great artist can come from anywhere.”

That is precisely the case for 11-year old Georgia native Ivy. The young star made it all the way to the season 7 MasterChef Junior finale. For the first course in the final round, “Little Chef Ivy” honored her Afro-Latinx heritage by whipping a pan-seared red snapper with tropical salsa, avocado crema, and tostones.

It’s hard to watch the camera close-up without drooling.

Ivy then made a beautifully cooked hanger steak and finished her MasterChef Junior career with a show-stopping butterscotch pot-de-crème with smoked-salted caramel sauce topped with a pine nut brittle with thyme. Yum!

Now, although Ivy did not win this season’s MCJ competition, she did make the Latinx community proud with her bubbly personality, fedora hat, and last but not least: exceptional culinary talents.

We salute you, Ivy!

Vivian Wang

Vivian is a travel enthusiast and food connoisseur living in New York City. Her curiosity and passion for languages and culture has taken her across eight countries over the past year. When not working, you can find her meandering in art museums or sampling food at the street markets.

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