JR Royol is the first “MasterChef Pinoy Edition” grand winner!

Home cook JR Royol is the first “MasterChef Pinoy Edition” grand winner.

Royol won the TV reality cooking show on ABS-CBN after impressing 4 chef-judges and 2 guest-judges with his organic goose dish called “Chicken Bigorot.”


Carla Marcaida won second place with her “Tuna Adobo and Dilaw na Kanin.”

Third place went to Ivory Yat who cooked a “Palabok Finale.”

Myra Santos placed fourth.

The 4 chef-judges of “MasterChef Pinoy Edition” were Ferns Arcama, JP Anglo, and Chef Laudico, and Judy Ann Santos.

The 2 guest-judges were Kris Aquino and Richard Gomez.

During the live cook off, the remaining three home cooks were given 30 minutes to make their signature MasterChef dish.

In the end, Royol topped the competition with a score of 96.1 points.

Royol took home the P1 million cash prize, a culinary scholarship from the Center of Asian Culinary Studies, and a kitchen showcase from Fujidenzo.

Carla, Ivory, and Myra won P500,000, P300,000, and P200,000 respectively. They will also get a kitchen package and a scholarship at the Center for Asian Culinary Studies.

MasterChef Pinoy Edition: The Live Cook-off finals this Saturday!

The Final Four cooks Carla, Ivory, JR, and Myra will face head-to-head in their live and final cooking challenge in MasterChef Pinoy Edition: The Live Cook-off this Saturday (Feb 9), 10 AM at the SM North Edsa Skydome.

MasterChef Pinoy Edition TOP4

The first ever Pinoy MasterChef will finally be determined by Judy Ann Santos-Agoncillo and Chef Ferns, Chef Lau, and Chef Jayps who will be sampling their dishes live, with Queen of All Media Kris Aquino and Kapamilya actor Richard Gomez sitting as judges to help them decide who among the country’s best home cooks is the most deserving to win the title.

With months of training in the MasterChef kitchen, the Final Four cooks have not only acquired new culinary skills but also confidence to succeed for themselves and their families.

“I can say that my determination and love for cooking have nurtured me to become a better cook. I’m not a perfectly skilled and knowledgeable cook but I have the biggest heart among all the contenders in the show,” said JR, the Rakistang Kusinero of Benguet.

Carla, the eldest in the group at 40, is confident that her years of experience as a home cook and a housewife will lead her to the top. ”I’m older than all of them and I’ve been a home cook for a very long time. I’ve used ingredients they never used before. I also know basic cooking techniques they don’t,” quipped the Negosyanteng Kusinera of Bulacan.

The Chef Accountant of Muntinlupa Myra also banks on her being a mother but mostly takes pride in her self-discipline. “I’m more experienced than them—that disciplined me and molded me into a better person in real life and in the kitchen. Being a good chef isn’t just about talent and skills; more importantly, it’s the right attitude that matters,” she said.

Not to be left out is Ivory, the Kusina Fashionista of Quezon City, who boasts of her knowledge of the different cuisines in the world. She said, “My edge over them is I know all the cuisines of the world. I want to raise the standards of Filipino cuisine, not only the classic adobo, kare-kare, or pinakbet. I want to inspire Filipinos to travel the world through food.”

Despite their searing determination to edge out each other, they said they will use their MasterChef experience to fulfill their ambitions, whether they win or lose. Being a part of the kusina serye, they said, is a priceless experience they will treasure in their lifetime.

JR shared that he has already resigned from his job in order to focus on cooking and study professionally. Carla, meanwhile, wants to expand her home cooking business she is known for in their neighborhood.

Putting up a restaurant has always been the ultimate dream of Myra and Ivory, who both admitted they “got off course” from their dream of becoming a chef. Myra was forced to take up accountancy because it was the most convenient career choice for her family, while Ivory is a nurse who had initially pursued to become a doctor to follow her parents’ wishes.

The first ever Pinoy MasterChef will win P1 million from Clara Oil, a kitchen showcase from Whirlpool, and a Diploma Program for Professional Culinary Arts scholarship at the Center for Asian Culinary Studies.

The second, third, and fourth placers will win P500,000, P300,000, and P200,000 respectively. They will each get a kitchen package from Fujidenzo and a scholarship at the Center for Asian Culinary Studies.

Don’t miss the “MasterChef Pinoy Edition: The Live Cook-off” this Saturday (Feb 9), 10 AM, live on ABS-CBN and the remaining days of Masterchef Pinoy Edition, 10:15AM before Minute to Win It. Maging updated sa programa at i-like ang www.facebook.com/MasterChefPH, sundan ang @MasterChefPHL sa Twitter, o bisitahin ang www.masterchefph.tv.

‘MasterChef Pinoy Edition’ Top 4 finalists revealed!

MasterChef Pinoy Edition” is  now down to its Top 4 grand finalists!


The remaining home cook contestants are:

  • Ivory Yat,
  • Myra Santos,
  • Carla Marcaida
  • JR Royol.

“Feeling mo naka-graduate ka. Nakakaiyak at nakaka-overwhelm, parang wow nandoon ako (sa Top 4)” Yat said.

“Gusto naming sumigaw at tumalon at umiyak… Sa dami ng challenges na napakita namin dito sa ‘MasterChef’ I think we deserve to be part of Top 4,” Marcaida added.

For Santos, it’s an honor to compete until the end of the show. “Feeling ko kami na yung pinakamagagaling. So mapabilang ka doon sobrang honored,” she said.

“Deep dowm sinasabi ko sa sarili ko hindi pa tapos, mag-uumpisa pa lang ang tunay na laban,” Royol added.

The Top 4 will battle in a live cook-off on February 9.

The first “MasterChef Pinoy Edition” winner will get the P1-million grand prize and a culinary scholarship.

Who made it to the Top 15 of Masterchef Pinoy Edition?

After touching viewers’hearts with their personal stories, the country’s best 40 skilled amateur cooks go through the last round of intense culinary battle this week in MasterChef Pinoy Edition in a bid to join the kusina-serye’s  top 15 official cooks.

Different types of Inspiration Challenges will require them to draw inspiration from their past or loved ones in preparing their dishes. Nine have already been declared official cooks last Monday (Nov 26) Tuesday (Nov 27), and Wednesday (Nov 28) namely Carla, an entrepreneur; Betty, a househelp; Sonny Boy, who is known for his darak cookies; Lito, a police officer; Reggie, a call center agent; Gian, a student; Ivory, a nurse; Maureen, a housewife; and Myra, an accounting associate. Who among the remaining 16 cooks will delight host Judy Ann Santos-Agoncillo, Chef Ferns, Chef Lau, and Chef Jayps?

What recipe will bring them closer to being the first ever Pinoy MasterChef? The hit kusina-seryemeanwhile, continues to soar high in the ratings game based on data from Kantar Media. Last Monday (Nov 26), it registered a national TV rating of 16.5%, easily outperforming rival TV5’s Face to Face  (7.1%), and GMA’s Cielo de Angelina  (6.4%) and Nay-1-1  (4.2%) .

Watch MasterChef Pinoy Edition, Mondays to Fridays, 10:30 a.m. beforeBe Careful with My Heart on ABS-CBN’s Umaganda block and on Saturdays, 10 a.m. before Be Careful with My Heart Saturday Rewind.

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