Louisa Ellis has been crowned the winner of MasterChef The Professionals: A Festive Knockout in scenes that aired tonight.
The chef, who beat Danny Parker from the 2014 series, 2009’s Marianne Lumb and 2018 semi-finalist William Chilila, was a finalist on MasterChef: The Professionals in 2017 but fell short of claiming the top prize.
After taking home the the highly-coveted title, Louisa said appearing on the programme has given her a confidence boost.
‘It means a lot to me to have been able to win, just because I felt like because I hadn’t won the first time I felt like I had so much more to prove,’ she told the PA news agency.
‘But not just that, it’s a bit of closure for myself.’
She continued: ‘I feel like I have finally got to the point in my career where I can finally just step back a bit and just try and enjoy my work a bit more rather than just stress out and panic about things.
‘I feel like now I have finally got to the stage where I have put myself through so much stress and finally it’s just a complete relief and yeah, as soon as I’d won it I was just like, “Wow, I can take a step back and now I can focus on other things rather than trying to prove what I can do”.’
Tonight, the returning contestants were tasked with making festive canapes and a season two-course meal, in addition to completing a skills test.
‘I felt I had so much more to lose just because there was a three-year gap since I was last on and I feel like I did quite well the first time round,’ Louisa said of re-entering the show for the festive episode.
‘But actually, I felt that I have learnt quite a lot in those three years and I really wanted to show the judges what I had learnt.’
MasterChef The Professionals: A Festive Knockout is available for catch-up on BBC iPlayer.
Credit: Original article published here.