Celebrity MasterChef crowns its winner

Actor and TV presenter Alexis Conran was named champion over fellow finalists Louise Minchin and Jimmy Osmond

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Alexis Conran has won Celebrity MasterChef 2016. The British actor and TV presenter saw off competition from Louise Minchin and Jimmy Osmond during last night’s final, and he was mighty pleased with the result: 

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“I can’t believe it,” he said. “I have been working up to this for so long, for this one moment. I am so very happy and relieved. My family are going to be so proud. 

“I was very happy with ‘finalist’ but I’ll take ‘champion’. ‘Champion’ sounds great.” 

Conran’s triumph follows four weeks of intense competition which saw Celebrity MasterChef judges John Torode and Gregg Wallace preside over the efforts of 19 celebrity hopefuls including Audley Harrison, Gleb Savchenko, Amy Childs, Simon Webbe and Tina Mahone. 

Last night’s final saw the final trio embark upon the Chef’s Table challenge which tasked them with impressing some of the UK’s top chefs, followed by a three-course meal cooked for Torode and Wallace for which Conran provided an octopus stifado and fava starter, a stuffed chicken leg main and dessert of nut filo pastry pinwheels. 

Explaining the decision to name Conran champion, Wallace said: “Alexis is a very, very worthy Celebrity MasterChef winner. Aligning that wonderful presentation with his Greek heritage has resulted in some of the best food I have ever seen in this competition.” 

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“Alexis’s dishes looked amazing,” added Torode. “His food has become sophisticated, exciting – it is just fantastic to eat. I loved it.”