MASTERCHEF has propelled the careers of cooks all around the nation as they get to show their culinary abilities on the present.
Let’s check out a number of the previous winners of the present and the place they’re at now.
Sequence one – Thomasina Miers – 2005
After successful the competition, the Cheltenham chef fronted two cookery collection on Channel 4 and printed her personal cookery e book.
She labored at London’s Petersham Nurseries with celebrated chef Skye Gyngell, earlier than opening the Mexican restaurant Wahaca, in Covent Backyard.
She has now expanded the model right into a nationwide chain of eating places and avenue kitchens.
For the reason that present she and husband Mark Williams have additionally had two kids – Tatyana, six, and Ottilie, three.
Sequence two – Peter Bayless – 2006
The previous promoting man, Peter Bayless, mentioned successful the present modified his life.
He wrote a e book about his expertise – known as My Father Might Solely Boil Cornflakes – and went on to prepare dinner on the celebrated restaurant Le Gavroche.
He mentioned: “Immediately my lifelong ardour for meals, its preparation and its cooking have been allowed to come back to the forefront of my existence, fairly than remaining not more than a interest or pastime.”
He now cooks at varied French eating places and is engaged on his second e book.
Sequence three – Steven Wallis – 2007
Steven labored within the style business earlier than turning his consideration to meals.
He bagged the title in collection three after which packed in his job and went around the globe, increasing his culinary horizons.
He then turned a author, personal chef and a flavour marketing consultant.
He’s now Group Head of Culinary Innovation at 2 Sisters Meals Group, whose factories produce packaged meals together with Goodfellas pizzas and Fox’s Biscuits.
Sequence 4 – James Nathan – 2008
The previous felony lawyer went from the courtroom to the kitchen after successful MasterChef, touchdown his first chef’s job at Bentleys Oyster Bar in Piccadilly.
He moved on to Michael Caine’s Tub Priory earlier than working with Rick Stein at his Seafood Restaurant in Padstow, Cornwall.
After working his personal restaurant The Inexperienced Room on the Retallack Resort and Spa, he turned an govt chef on the St Enodoc Lodge, additionally in Cornwall, in 2016.
He additionally runs a non-public catering enterprise known as By James Nathan.
Sequence 5 – Mat Follas – 2009
The New Zealander initially went again to his job in IT earlier than lastly getting the backing for his personal restaurant and opening The Wild Garlic, in Beaminster, Dorset.
The enterprise closed in 2013, months after relocating, and Mat went on to put in writing two cookbooks – Fish and Vegetable Perfection.
He and spouse Amanda now personal the Bramble Cafe and Deli in Poundbury, Dorset.
Sequence six – Dhruv Baker – 2010
Born in Mexico and raised in India, Dhruv introduced some attention-grabbing flavours to the MasterChef desk – and went on to work with Michel Roux Jr at Le Gavroche and at De Librije in Holland.
He printed his first recipe e book, Spice, in 2014.
He now co-owns catering firm Earlsfield Kitchen and the Jolly Gardeners pub in Earlsfield, London.
Sequence seven – Tim Anderson – 2011
The American bar supervisor has a ardour for Japanese meals, which he picked up as a teen after watching a TV cookery present.
Since successful in 2011, Tim has labored within the kitchen of La Gavroche and The Fats Duck and has been a daily presenter on Jamie Oliver’s Meals Tube and Drinks Tube, and a frequent visitor on the Radio 4 meals panel present The Kitchen Cupboard.
He now runs the Japanese soul meals restaurant Nanban in Brixton and has printed a e book of recipes served there.
Sequence eight – Shelina Permalloo – 2012
Born in Southampton, of Mauritian inventory, the previous undertaking supervisor printed her first cookbook Sunshine On A Plate a yr after her win and her second, The Sunshine Eating regimen, in January 2015.
She has since opened a Mauritian avenue meals kitchen known as Lakaz Maman in her residence metropolis.
Sequence 9 – Natalie Coleman – 2013
The Hackney credit score controller was a part-time techno DJ earlier than taking the MasterChef crown.
She has since labored in celebrated eating places together with Le Gavroche, the Gilbert Scott and the Hand & Flowers.
She is now head chef on the Winchmore pub in North London and teaches each kids and grownup cookery lessons.
Sequence 10 – Ping Coombes – 2014
The Malaysian describes herself as “a house prepare dinner who was propelled right into a ‘dream come true’ world of cooking” along with her MasterChef win.
Being made redundant spurred her on to use to the present and her Malaysian meals impressed all of the judges.
Since successful, Ping has run avenue meals lessons and arrange an organization, Ping’s Pantry.
She is now the manager chef of Chi Kitchen, the pan-Asian restaurant in Debenhams’s flagship Oxford Road retailer. In Could 2016, she launched her first cookbook, Malaysia: Recipes From A Household Kitchen.
Sequence 11 – Simon Wooden – 2015
Lancashire contestant Simon was an information supervisor earlier than his MasterChef win and shortly switched careers.
He mixed his love of meals and soccer to develop into Govt Chef at his beloved Oldham Athletic and is a columnist in Lancashire Life.
He’s about to open his first restaurant, Wooden, in Manchester.
His first recipe e book At House With Simon Wooden was printed in April 2016.
Sequence 12 – Jane Devonshire – 2016
Mum-of-four Jane appealed to the nation’s hearts in addition to their stomachs along with her candy nature and homegrown cookery abilities.
She says she is “nonetheless cooking, nonetheless studying and nonetheless loving it” and within the final yr she has cooked with high cooks together with Michel Roux, Jason Atherton, Michael O’Hare, Marcus Wareing and Atul Kochhar.
She has additionally been travelling all around the nation, educating and showing at meals festivals and is at the moment writing her first gluten free cookbook.
Sequence 13 – Saliha Mahmood Ahmed – 2017
Saliha’s day job is as a hospital physician specialising in Gastroenterology.Since successful the present along with her fusion model delicacies, she has hosted cookery lessons, appeared at meals exhibits and even collaborated with Michelin Star chef Atul Kochar.
Her debut cookbook Khazana might be printed in September 2018 and can discover the culinary heritage of Indo-Persia and the Mughal Empire impressed dishes.
Sequence 14 – Kenny Tutt – 2018
Kenny is a financial institution supervisor who lives in Worthing, West Sussex, along with his spouse and two kids.
He says his fondest reminiscence of meals was that his mum cooked loads.
He mentioned his job with the financial institution was his first “correct” job – and he is labored there for 15 years.
Kenny says he appeared on MasterChef as a result of he needed to attempt one thing completely different.
Sequence 15 – Irini Tzortzoglou – 2019
Irini is an novice prepare dinner who’s initially from the Greek island of Crete.
She previously labored as a banker till she was 50.
She now lives in Cumbria and beforehand studied at Kingston College in London.
Sequence 16 – Thomas Frake – 2020
Thomas is a London banking and worldwide finance employee.
Upon successful the present he mentioned: “Actually, it’s a dream come true. It’s been immense and the most effective factor I’ve ever carried out in my life. I can’t see me not working in meals for the remainder of my life.
How does MasterChef work?
The format of MasterChef sees novice cooks competing by a wide range of heats, quarter finals, knockouts, semi-finals and an intense finals week till the last word winner is topped.
“Opponents face a gruelling collection of culinary challenges as they first should get by their warmth and quarter remaining.
“From inventing dishes on the spot, to cooking their very own menu for the nation’s fiercest meals critics, the strain is on from the very outset.
“Solely a handful survive to participate within the semi-final and remaining challenges.”
The winner walks away with a trophy and the status of being THE grasp chef of the collection.
When is MasterChef 2021 on BBC One?
The MasterChef 2021 collection, which is the seventeenth installment of the favored present, begins TONIGHT (March 1) at 9pm.
The present will air on BBC One as all the time and might be out there on BBC iPlayer.
The primary week of episodes will air on Monday, Wednesday and Friday.