MILTON, Ga. — Milton resident Jasmine Stewart placed first among some 40 finalists on the television show MasterChef Junior and will showcase her talents this week at the Milton Library. Stewart will host a cooking demonstration followed by a meet and greet from 3-4:30 p.m. Oct. 21.
Stewart competed against some 5,000 children from across the country auditioning for the show. She took top honors in the finals.
Stewart,13, is in seventh grade at the Ron Clark Academy, and some of her many hobbies include biking, gardening, reading and, of course, cooking. She was introduced to cooking by her parents at the age of 3.
For the audition, Stewart was asked a few questions about herself and was then told to cook an egg. When she made it past the auditions and onto the MasterChef Junior showdown, she focused on being herself and sticking to recipes she was comfortable with.
“It was really cool to work with the judges because these are people you see on TV. The experience was amazing, it was really fun to be on set and to work with other students that love to do what I love to do,” Stewart said.
For her efforts, Stewart won a large trophy along with $100,000. Since the show, she has been busy with interviews and new projects that have taken her to New York and Los Angeles. She was featured multiple times in the new MasterChef cookbook, and she has appeared in a few magazines.
Both Fulton County and the City of Milton recognized Stewart with a proclamation, and Milton declared July 24 Jasmine Stewart Appreciation Day.
In the future, Stewart wants to be a television chef. She is currently working on her own cookbook.
“I want to find a way to use my platform to combine cooking and fashion,” Stewart said.
She can be found on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter at justchefjasmine.