Former “MasterChef Junior” contestant Dara Yu was named the winner of “MasterChef: Back to Win” on Wednesday’s season 12 finale.
Former judges Christina Tosi and Graham Elliot returned and, alongside host/executive producer Gordon Ramsay and fellow judges Aarón Sánchez and Joe Bastianich, helped crown the winner. Dara was awarded the $250,000 grand prize and a complete state-of-the-art kitchen from Viking.
"I'm so grateful for this experience and my ‘MasterChef’ family,” Dara said. “It's given me incredible opportunities over the past eight years, and I'm excited to see what the future holds. I hope that I can continue to inspire young people to follow their passion and believe in themselves!"
Dara, of Culver City, California, beat out finalists Christian (New Orleans) and Michael (Austin, Texas) for the coveted “MasterChef” title.
“MasterChef” champion Dara celebrates her victory. (FOX photo)