Winner Announced in MasterChef Canada Culinary Challenge

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TORONTO — Irene Leung has won MasterChef Canada and the Little Potato Company’s 4th-annual culinary challenge. The Port Dover, Ont. native took home a $10,000 grand prize, a 10-piece Le Creuset cook set and a one-year supply of Little Potatoes.

Using potatoes as the main ingredient, five finalists were asked to create an original recipe. After tasting and shortlisting recipes from Canadians across the country, the judges determined the finalist based on small-potato usage, taste and visual impact.

Leung used 18 red and yellow potatoes for crispy petals, along with eight more to create a creamy mashed-potato base. She was selected by competition judges, including Michael Bonacini, his son Oscar Bonacini and The Little Potato Company director of Creative Services, John Edmonds.

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