La Mesan Claudia Sandoval Named Masterchef

Masterchef Claudia Sandoval

Season Six of Masterchef came to conclusion as host, executive producer and judge Gordon Ramsay named Claudia Sandoval the winner of FOX’s hit home cooking competition series.  Sandoval, 31, is an events manager from La Mesa.  In addition to earning the win, Sandoval walked away with a cookbook deal and the $250,000 grand prize.

The volatile Gordon Ramsay said of Sandovol, “Claudia was a strong competitor from the beginning,” “Her passion and unique dishes were what impressed us the most, and we look forward to seeing where her new culinary career will lead her.”

Sandoval stated that she hoped to bring home the Masterchef trophy for her 9-year-old daughter and now she has accomplished that.  Sandoval’s personal cooking inspiration has been her mother while her professional inspiration is Mexican chef Enrique Olvera.   She said that the best culinary advice she has received was from Masterchef judge Graham Eliott, as Claudia explains: He told me to stick to what I know and trust my instinct. He reminded me that my style is nothing like anyone else’s and trying to be like someone else means, you aren’t being true to your food. 

“To be crowned the first Latina Masterchef is a dream come true,” said Sandoval. “This hard-earned title represents success over every struggle I’ve ever had as a first-generation American and a single mom. I can’t wait to move my daughter and myself out of our one-bedroom apartment and get started on sharing our family collection of authentic Mexican recipes in my cookbook! I hope you’re ready America."

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