Who is Suu on 'MasterChef: Legends'? Houston food blogger impresses judges with sweet story and Burmese soup
'MasterChef: Legends' kicked off with a bang. The judges, Gordon Ramsay, Joe Bastianich and Aaron Sanchez returned to the kitchen looking for the home cook with 'nerves of steel'. Although the competition inside the kitchen has always been pretty intense, Season 11 is shaping up to be the toughest one yet. The previous seasons featured 20 home cooks getting their hands on the coveted white apron, which is a ticket of sorts to compete in the 'MasterChef', but this season only 15 white aprons are being handed out. Since it's the season of legends, the judges roped in legendary chef Emeril Lagasse to help them with picking out the white apron recipients.
The premiere episode features several contestants walking through the doors of 'MasterChef' kitchen starry-eyed and with big dreams. With only 15 white aprons at their hand, the judges had no choice but to be extremely picky when it came to selecting the recipients of the coveted apron. The judges asked the contestants to whip up their signature dish and that needs to impress at least three judges to get the white apron. Five home cooks- Alejandro, Matt, Autumn, Elyce, and Suu, managed to win the white aprons. However, it was Suu that had the judges and fans swooning over her beautiful back story and soup.
Who is Suu?
Suu, a 30-year old food blogger from Houston, managed to accomplish what many aspiring chefs can only dream of- receiving the highest praise from all four judges and them fighting amongst each other for second helpings. Suu whipped up Burmese noodle soup with shrimp and coconut curry. When the judges came to her station to check on what she was cooking, the food blogger explained her Burmese roots and pointed out how Burmese food was influenced by Indian, Chinese and many South-East Asian cusine. She also shared that Burmese people cooked a lot of curries, so she was grounding her curry paste. Joe was already intrigued by the dish.
When Suu finally presented it to the judges, she was in for a treat. When asked about her dish, Suu shared her story of being from a third-world country, where people eat for sustenance and many are grateful to just have a bowl of rice. After tasting it, Aaron couldn't stop singing praises for her finesse and technique. Emeril bestowed her with the highest compliment by calling it "food of love". Joe described the dish as, "a profound immersion into Burmese cuisine.” Gordon labeled it as the best dish of the night. They all unanimously gave her their yes and handed out the white apron. As soon as Suu left the kitchen, the judges began fighting among themselves over who would get to finish the rest of the dish.
Suu shared her beautiful story of how she took to cooking. As a child, she helped her mother and grandmother in the kitchen. Back then she considered being in the kitchen as a chore. But things changed after she moved to America for her higher education. She once again stepped into the kitchen, but this time around to cook Burmese food so that she could fight away the home-sickness and enjoy the comfort of familiar food.
Just like the judges, fans too were impressed by Suu's cooking. A fan tweeted, "Awww Suu made me cry. "Mom, Dad, I earned it!" #MasterChef." "Wish I was there to taste that Burmese Shrimp Dish #MasterChef," wrote another fan. "Omg. They got me crying in the LAST minute. Joe got choked over this Burmese soup and I felt it #masterchef," commented a fan.
Omg. They got me crying in the LAST minute. Joe got choked over this Burmese soup and I felt it 😭 #masterchef— Angel of Sacred Truth✨ (@AleyahMariee) June 3, 2021
Fans also began rooting for Suu to win the competition after watching her incredible performance during the auditions. A fan shared, "Suu is gonna be hard to beat #MasterChef." "I could definitely see Suu making it to the end #MasterChef," seconded a fan. Another fan expressed, "Suu’s backstory, her smile, and the love she has for her cuisine makes me really hope she gets an apron! #MasterChef."
Suu’s backstory, her smile, and the love she has for her cuisine makes me really hope she gets an apron! #MasterChef— Jeff Harris (@JeffHarris7) June 3, 2021
We can't wait to see Suu's journey on 'MasterChef: Legends'. 'MasterChef: Legends' Season 11 airs every Wednesday at 8/7c only on FOX.