Thrilled about taking the win, Partridge said, “It has been one of the best experiences of my life; I thought was going to be all about cooking and about food and it ended up being so much more than that. I cooked to remember. To remind myself of who I am, where I’m from and what I can still be.
“And now to have actually won… it just feels really, really good. It’s been an absolute joy from beginning to end; getting to know myself, remembering my childhood and the things that I loved.”
The final challenges included cooking an Afternoon Tea and producing a two-course menu for the infamous restaurant critics before taking on the legendary Chef’s Table – where the hopefuls had to present a three course meal in two and a half hours.
Partridge’s winning menu, neatly named ‘There’s No Taste Like Home’ consisted of pan-fried scallops on black pudding as a starter, a main of lamb and potato Lancashire hotpot, and an egg custard tart with nutmeg for dessert.
Speaking about his final menu, he explained: “It is a reflection of who I am, this is me on a plate and that’s really all I could do.”
“John along the way has thrilled me,” said Torode. “The guy draws on every bit of emotion to deliver the food he knows and loves to eat; It’s about him, there’s a story attached to it and you can taste it. Anybody who walks into a final, cooks food from his heart and makes us smile, is a worthy winner.”
Co-judge Wallace added, “John only cooks what he truly believes in, truly loves, and has got a bit of his history in it – do you know who else does that? The great chefs of the world – and that is why he is our MasterChef Champion.”
Spencer Matthews reportedly had cooking lessons (Shine, BBC)
Partridge’s win may come as a surprise to some viewers, with Spencer Matthews previously being a hot favourite to take the crown.
The former Made In Chelsea star reportedly took private cooking lessons with Jean-Christophe Novelli to boost his chances of winning.