‘MasterChef’ season 6 finale review: Was Claudia or Derrick the winner?

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Tonight, “MasterChef” season 6 brought things to a close, and it came with a bit of tradition. The final part is always a culinary showdown like no other, as the contestants work their butts off in order to create a three-course dinner to impress the judges. Things are almost always super-close here, or at least they have been in recent years.

After Stephen was eliminated, tonight it came down to Derrick versus Claudia, who were both really great almost from start to finish. Either one of them would be suitable as winners, so it was hard to leave tonight feeling particularly upset. Yes, this finale does still feel bloated, and we don’t see why the last two episodes cannot just be blended into one. Seriously.

So who did emerge tonight? It is none other than … Claudia! Seriously, an impressive performance from her tonight helped to seal the deal, and we do think that she will be a really great ambassador for the show. She’s likable, easy to relate to, and she also has the passion. Derrick of course has many of these as well, but we feel like he can still find a way to make the rock ‘n roll home cook into some sort of popular gimmick that sells. He’ll probably be just fine without the title.

With this, we conclude another season of writing about the show. We do wish that sooner or later someone would change up the format a little bit (the patterns are getting a little boring), but you still can’t help but get those butterflies right before the results are announced. Finale Grade: B.

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