Brampton Chef Cracks Top 12 on MasterChef Canada


If you're a fan of MasterChef Canada (and really, what semi-foodie doesn't enjoy the show?), you might be happy to know that a Brampton native has cracked the top 12.

Kimberly Duffus, a 24-year-old sales representative from Brampton, revealed that she's an enthusiastic team player who dreams of one day running her own catering company.

In order to crack the top 12 (out of 24 total contestants), Duffus had to wow celebrity chefs Michael Bonacini, Alvin Leung and Claudio Aprile (in this video, Duffus said she was most excited—and most afraid—to meet Leung).

This year, contestants were given a box with what showrunners called "one of the world's most popular ingredients: rice." The boxes were delivered to the budding chefs at home in order to challenge them to show the judges a little culinary creativity. Once contestants received their boxes, they were informed (via letters), that they had 20 minutes to gather all the ingredients for the dish they would prepare in the MasterChef kitchen.

Once in the kitchen, Duffus prepared a Jamaican dish inspired by her grandmother, saying it was just a comfort food that reminded her of her family.

After Duffus and seven other contestants got their coveted white aprons, eight contestants were eliminated. The remaining eight were given a second chance to win the judges over with some creative concoctions.

The 12 finalists will compete for the MasterChef title and $100,000.

Watch the episode here.

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