Band vocalist JR Royol from Benguet was named as the first ever Pinoy MasterChef during the show’s Live Cook-off held Saturday at the SM North Edsa Skydome.
The “Rakistang Kusinero of Benguet” bested the other two finalist with his exceptional and native recipe “Bigorot” that drew rave reviews from the judges and the hosts.
Royol’s “bigorot” is a portmanteau of Bicolano and Igorot. The Pinoy MasterChef said he prepared the dish to honor his parents, his heritage, and his hometown, the Cordillera region from which the dish’s organic ingredients were grown and acquired. It scored an average of 96 points in the live cooking challenge from host Judy Ann Santos-Agoncillo, chef judges Chef Ferns, Chef Lau, Chef Jayps, and celebrity guest judges Kris Aquino and Richard Gomez.
The dish was so exceptional that it scored 97 from Richard and 99 from Kris, who described it as “perfection.” The Queen of All Media even remarked “Nakakain-love kang magluto.”
Royol won P1 Million pesos from Clara Oil, a kitchen showcase from Whirlpool, a Diploma Program for Professional Culinary Arts scholarship and the title of being the first ever Pinoy MasteChef.
Carla Marcaida, the “Negosyanteng Kusinera of Bulacan“, was named as the second placer for her adobong tuna at kaning dilaw that gained an average score of 93.9 points from the judges. She brought home P500,000 as cash prize.
Ivory Yat, the “Kusina Fashionista of Quezon City” garnered 93 points with her palabok finale and winning herself P300,000.