Masterchef UK: A decade of stunning food telly
As the tenth series comes to a close tonight, take a look at the star quality found from a decade of BBC's Masterchef
Tonight will see the tenth series of BBC’s Masterchef draw to a nail biting close with another aspiring amateur due to place the must lusted after accolade upon their shoulders.
Bubbling pots, beautiful plates and the frequent disasters have combined to create a decade of stunning food television that has allowed contestants to catapult themselves into the heart of the UK’s fooderati.
“Ten years, three wives but only one co-presenter,” Judge Gregg Wallace boasted at the beginning of the series and although seemingly flippant about his disastrous love life, he has a point.
Little has changed to interfere with BBC’s winning formula, which has inspired spin-offs throughout the world including Australia and RTE’s own version headed up by Dylan McGrath and Nick Munier.
Tonight contestants Luke, Ping and Jack will slip on that white apron, branded with what has come to be an iconic fiery M to battle it out in a bid to tickle the tastebuds of Wallace and his sidekick John Torode.
While this year’s prize is in sight, the contestants can only dream to achieve the heights reached by the programme’s past winners. Take a look at the star quality ejected from telly’s toughest kitchen thoughout the years.
MasterChef’s first winner Thomasina has had the most commercial success of all the winners so far, opening nine branches of Mexican restaurant Wahaca. She has written five cookbooks and will release another to coincide with the launch of her new London festival Chilli Chilli Bang Bang in May.
Peter has worked in Michel Roux Jr's Le Gavroche and published a book called 'My Father Could Only Boil Cornflakes'. Nowadays he works as an independent chef and teaches at various cooking schools.
Steve has moved into the commercial world and has his own consultancy bussiness Tastebillion. He has been a brand ambassador for Rachel’s Organic and The Co-operative Group and was consultant chef for Sainsbury’s slow food movement. He wants to open a restaurant in the South of France.
Former barrister James has opened a restaurant in Cornwall and has plans to open another larger one soon. One day he wants to develop a 'sushi, oyster and champagne' bar.
Mat opened his own restaurant called The Wild Garlic in Beaminster, Dorset after winning the competition. The restaurant was awarded two AA rosettes and included in The Good Food Guide but closed six months ago due to the poor economy. He is opening a smaller restaurant for weekends only and helps at a local prison cafe.
Winner Dhruv Baker has finished his first cookbook 'Spice: Layers of Flavour' and now writes food articles. He has started his own catering company and is also involved in brand consultancy.
Fusion fan and 2011 champion Tim opened his first Japanese soul food restaurant Nanban in Shoreditch last spring. His first cookbook is due out this year.
Shelina Permalloo launched her first cookbook 'Sunshine on a Plate' last July, drawing on French, Indian, African, British and Chinese-inspired Mauritian cuisine. She now hopes to open a Mauritian restaurant in London.
Since being crowned cooking champion last year, Hackney DJ Natalie has worked with the likes of Tom Kerridge, Michel Roux Jr and Marcus Wareing. She also runs half-term cookery lessons for local children and has been teaching in Jamie Oliver's 15. Her first cookbook is due out in October.