MasterChef Winner Dara Yu Reveals Pro Tips for Kitchen Success

In season 12, there were a lot of firsts. Not only did the game bring back contestants from previous years, but the judges also chose Dara Yu, who was 20, as their youngest winner to date.

Yu won $250,000, a state-of-the-art kitchen from Viking, and the MasterChef title. She also made history as the only contestant to participate on MasterChef Junior and then win MasterChef: Back to Win. 

"This time around, I think there was just more at stake," she says. "I've put in eight years of hard work into this craft, and I had a lot to live up to."

1. Draw inspiration from the dishes you know best

2. Shop locally

3. You don't need much beyond the trusty cast-iron skillet

4. Keep a tidy kitchen

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