America's first Masterchef winner, Whitney Miller, grew up in a very food, faith, and family-oriented environment, always in the kitchen cooking with her mom and two sisters or her great-grandmother, who is 96 today and still cooking. Benefiting from her great-grandmother’s inspiration in Southern hospitality and cooking large Sunday dinners for extended family and friends, she aspired to be a great cook from an early age. Because of her talent with desserts on Fox's Masterchef, she was deemed the “Pastry Princess.”
Whitney has spent time conducting cooking demonstrations, such as Anaheim’s Celebrity Food and Gift Show with TLC’s Little Chocolatiers and the 2011 Chicago Home and Housewares Show with other celebrity chefs such as Paula Deen, Curtis Stone, and Guy Fieri. Also, she has acted as celebrity judge for numerous cooking contests, such as B.I.O Special Events Wedding Cake Competition with Duff Goldman, local ABC station’s Pie Wars, and Memphis Cupcake Camp Competition.
She enjoys sharing her success story encompassing passion, hard work, and determination through motivational speeches at schools, churches, and clubs/organizations. Whitney blogs for self.com on the Masterchef season 2's episodes.
Whitney is the author of Modern Hospitality Simple Recipes with Southern Charm (Rodale, 2011) with foreword by Gordon Ramsay.
Her cooking style encompasses using fresh ingredients and putting her own modern twist on Southern classics. Her recipes have appeared in national publications such as People, Cooking Light, Spirit of Women, and Masterchef magazine.