22-Year-Old Nick DiGiovanni Could Become The Youngest MasterChef Winner
Alright MasterChef fans, it's time for a little theorizing. If you watched episode 8, you know the red team CRUSHED it, beating out the blue team with their "spot-on" replicas of the dishes judges tasked them with making. (All three of the dishes are actually served at Joe Bastianich's Italian restaurant, Osteria Mozza!) It was a tall order, to be sure, but team red nailed it—largely thanks to their team leader, 22-year-old Nick DiGiovanni.
At the beginning of the episode, Nick and Michael Silverstein, the blue team leader, went to Mozza with Joe to learn how to cook three dishes from head chef Liz Hong. They then had to relay the information to their respective teams in what Michael described as a game of telephone. Micah, part of team red, called Nick "the reason we won," and throughout the challenge, the team leader was extremely calm, cool, and collected.
All of this leads me to one important question: If Nick continues to do well, could he become the youngest ever MasterChef winner? The 22-year-old just graduated college (from Harvard, no less) and was referred to as 21-years-old by Chef Joe in a June interview, which leads me to believe he only recently turned 22-years-old (@Nick, if you're reading this, please confirm your exact birth date!!).
If he does win, he'll be neck-and-neck for the title of youngest winner with season one winner Whitney Miller, who was also 22 at the time. Since then, the next-youngest winner was 25-year-old Courtney Lapresi; most other winners were between the age of 31 and 33, interestingly.
First MasterChef TEAM challenge this Wednesday at 8/7c on @foxtv. What could be better than two teams cooking for 100 VIP guests at a Beverly Hills mansion pool party? And yes, there are just so many questions about this pic. Why is this cute Indian man so confused by the avocado I’m holding? What is @platingqueen doing in the background? Why am I dressed like such a nerd again? Tune in to find out.
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To be fair, there are still 16 contestants remaining, so it's a little early to be speculating who wins. However, I do have one more nugget of information to throw into the fire. During the restaurant cooking lesson, Joe told Nick and Michael: "I think if one of you two learned to season properly, you could probably win the whole competition. It's that important."
Now, he could have just been doubling down on the importance of seasoning. And there were a few seasoning mistakes on team red's part—too much pepper on the lentils, for example. BUT...I'm taking it as a hint of foreshadowing on Joe's part.
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