John Torode and Gregg Wallace have crowned their 2014 MasterChef winner and it’s Ping Coombes.
After eight weeks of competition Ping, a full-time mum, cooked a three-course Malaysian-inspired meal to beat graduate Jack Lucas and robotics engineer Luke Owen to the title.
She’s a “class act” the judges said of this year’s champ, with chef Torode admitting even he wouldn’t have been able to replicate the final dish she put in front of them.
“So clever, so, so clever,” Wallace concurred, with both judges agreeing she was the clear winner to take the title.
It’s by no means been an easy ride. The contestants have had to cook various invention tests, with unknown ingredients popped in front of them. They’ve had to cook in professional chefs’ kitchens, including that of Tom Kerridge as well as cook for intimidating chefs such as Marcus Wareing.
They’ve been to Barcelona, cooked for eminent historians and learned a bunch of new skills, including deconstruction (it’s the ‘in thing’ all over again) and making flavoured air.
But over and over again Ping has produced dishes that have knocked the socks off of the judges, both in terms of flavour and presentation.
The brand new MasterChef champion was over the moon to win, although jokes of her win, “My Mother still won’t let me in her kitchen”.
MasterChef returns next year, with a celebrity edition in June of this year.