Posted 5.5.14 @ 8:24
Oakville has something else to be proud off: winning MasterChef Canada. Eric Chong, 22, beat out the competition to win Canada’s inaugural season of MasterChef. The youngest contestant by far, this chemical engineer turned chef shows how a little passion and drive can go a long way towards helping us all achieve our dreams.
“It’s a dream come true. I’m still in shock.”
For four months, the 22 year old one-time-chemical-engineer-turned-chef fought against the Top 16 competitors, making a few missteps along the way.
In the end, even he was in shock, he couldn’t believe that he’d won the competition.
“It’s a dream come true. I’m still in shock,” Chong told the Oakville Beaver. Even though filming wrapped up six months ago, Chong and the other contestants had to keep the results under wraps. They couldn’t even tell friends and family members, lest they lose their place.
“All my friends kept saying, ‘no way — did you win?’ and I had to keep telling them to watch to find out,” he said. As the show marched towards the end, Chong had a harder time keeping quiet.
A Journey of Discovery and Acceptance.
Chong said that the win wasn’t just about being Canada’s first MasterChef or even the $100,000 - it was about gaining the respect of his family and himself.
Being able to make a career out of working in a professional kitchen, out of doing something that he loves, was the most important part. Winning that title showed his family and himself that this was a career that he could really do.
“I absolutely achieved that goal,” he said. “My family has completely come around and accepted the fact I want to be a chef and acknowledged that I can be one, and hopefully, one of the best in the country someday.”
Even his brother was bracing to accept that fact that he had won second place - but winning first place blew all of his friends and family out of the water.
Chong: Mystery Box Challenge the Turning Point
Chong credits the mystery box challenge he won in the Top 11, where he has to cook the dish that sparked his interest and passion for cooking food.
Looking back, Chong said: “That was the turning point for me, when I thought, I can actually win this…”
Chong is now working in Toronto at the infamous upscale Italian restaurant “Buca”, but Chong doesn’t have plans to stop there. He says he’s going to use the winnings from the show to start up his own restaurant in the future.
Either way, he’s done Oakville very proud. We’re looking forward to seeing more of him in the future!
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