The first American winner of 'Masterchef' nearly lost it all thanks to a chicken catastrophe.
In the season finale, head judge Gordon Ramsay chose Whitney Miller, a 22-year-old college student, over software engineer David Miller for the $250,000 prize and cookbook publishing deal.
Both the Millers (unrelated) beat out Sheetal Bhagat and Lee Knaz to reach the final head-to-head competition. There, Whitney Miller almost threw everything away when the fried chicken she'd just cooked slipped off her spatula onto the floor. Ramsay looked horrified, but Whitney managed to re-cook her chicken in just seven minutes.
In the end, Whitney Miller's meal -- the country fried chicken, collard greens, crispy corncake and bread pudding -- wowed the judges. David Miller's scallop ceviche, beef Wellington and nectarine crepe also drew positive comments, though Ramsay didn't think it was "perfect."
After winning, an exhuberant Whitney Miller said she could "not be any more happy than I am right now," adding, "I just want to tell everybody that, you know what, if you have a dream -- go after it."
'MasterChef' was renewed for season 2 by Fox.