Isabella wins Junior MasterChef

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Isabella, 12, from Queensland has won the inaugural title of Junior MasterChef Australia, beating out fellow 12-year-old Jack from Tasmania.

Cheered on by the top 12 finalists, the two were challenged to create "a dish worthy of a three-hat restaurant" as well as producing one of Adriano Zumbo's desserts. Scoring 47/50 for her scampi stunner and pear perfection, the young Queenslander was crowned the winner, ahead of Jack by only four points.

"I still can't believe it! The biggest dream I've ever had has come true, and to think I had my sister there with me, it feels like I won for both of us," said Isabella.

"Jack and I knew it was going to be a tough race, but I felt confident as I knew I had Sofia and the rest of my family waiting there for me and supporting me. It was also fun knowing that I was competing against a friend in Jack, who I have always admired cause of his creativity with food," said an excited Isabella of her achievement.

Runner-up Jack was noble in his defeat, speaking highly of his friend and fellow cook, "Friends going in, friends going out. She totally deserves it."

Of course, both were well rewarded for their efforts, with Isabella receiving a $15k trust fund and Jack being awarded a $10k trust. A last-minute surprise from the judges revealed that both contestants and their families would be given a trip to Tokyo, Japan.

The series has been extremely popular, consistently rating highly and winning its time slot in all key demographics. Sunday's program averaged an audience of 1.47 million, while Monday's live final drew in 1.26 million viewers. The show won its time slot on both days.

Due to its overwhelming success, Network TEN has confirmed there will be a second series in 2011.

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