Reality competitions have worked well for Telemundo. The network is now hoping it has a new hit with MasterChef Latino. To spice up its chances, it named Claudia Sandoval – the winner of MasterChefSeason 6 – as one of the three judges of the U.S. Spanish-language version of the cooking reality show, bringing with her the optimism of success and a positive attitude.
“One of the biggest lessons I learned while on MasterChef U.S. was that the sky is the limit,” says Sandoval. “The chefs there push you beyond your own boundaries and teach you to harness and use your creative ability to create dishes you wouldn’t have otherwise!”
She hopes to inspire the contestants, attract viewers to the show, no matter the language, and bring awareness to the wealth of Latino cuisine.
“My hope for this season of MasterChef Latino is that we are able to harness the love that goes into Latino cooking and elevate it to the level of MasterChef. Cooking and food are a universal language. Fans of MasterChef can watch this show using closed captioning and can learn about the diversity that is Latino cooking. So I’m excited for people to see Latino food as something more elevated than just tacos, burritos, and enchiladas.”
The San Diego native and single mother can relate to the MasterChef Latino participants, all of whom have personal stories of struggle, loss and survival, looking to fulfill their dreams.
“Being in that competition offered me the opportunity to not only change my life but inspire others to follow their dreams,” she says. “I can’t believe that now two of my dreams have come true! My feet haven’t quite touched the ground since winning! Cloud 12 feels amazing!”
Those two dreams she refers to are buying her own home and publishing a best-selling cookbook with her family’s favorite recipes called “Claudia’s Cocina: A Taste of Mexico.”
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