Twelve-year-old Jasmine Stewart is America’s new MasterChef Junior champion. The Ron Clark Academy 6th grader took home the trophy and a $100,000 grand prize after she won the competition on Thursday night (May 18).

“This is the biggest moment of my entire life,” said Jasmine. “Who would ever think a little girl from Milton, Georgia, would ever win MasterChef Junior?”

At one point Jasmine was eliminated from the show, but she cooked her way back into the Top 6.

The season five winner said that she channeled her Jamaican roots to win the trophy. She also described herself as a “force to be reckoned with.”

Renowned pastry chef Christina Tosi praised the culinary prodigy as being “talented well beyond her years.”

In an interview with the Atlanta Journal-Constitution, Jasmine’s mother, Deborah Stewart, said they plan to save the $100,000 for her college education.


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