Eric Chong from Oakville, Ont. has found a recipe worth thousands. Literally. He took home $100,000 after winning the first season of “MasterChef Canada” Tuesday night.

Chong, a chemical engineer, beat out thousands of potential contestants and competed in dozens of challenges to beat out Marida Mohammed from Toronto in the final round. The season finale saw the two going head-to-head in a three-course battle. After a split between the first two challenges, it came down to dessert. The judges decided Chong’s Asian-inspired banana split with green tea, red bean-flavoured ice creams and banana tempura was the better of the two.

Chong hopes the win will allow him to make a career out of his passion of cooking.

The CTV series has already began casting for a second round after a successful first season, which saw an average of 1.7 million viewers, an episode. The fifth season of the American version of the show begins later this month on May 26.

Matthew Anness

Priya Ramanujam is the editor of Urbanology Magazine. She co-founded the publication in 2004 with Adrian McKenzie, while a journalism student at Humber College.

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