MasterChef: The Professionals judges Gregg Wallace, Marcus Wareing and Monica Galetti had their work cut out for them as they finally chose this year’s winner.
With a race against time to complete a three-course meal, finalists Alex, Bart and Santosh went head-to-head one last time in order to win their approval.
They were each given three hours and 15 minutes to complete the task, coming up with a starter, main and dessert that best showed off their culinary abilities.
So who came out on top? Spoilers coming in five, four, three, two, one…
Who won MasterChef: The Professionals 2020?
In the end, it was 25-year-old Essex lad Alex Webb who was declared this year’s winner.
He was the fourteenth person ever to take home the honour, after six intense weeks in which he fought off 31 other professionals.
Delighted at his win, he told the cameras: ‘It is the best feeling I have ever had in my life. To walk away with the trophy is incredible. I am so proud.’
‘Today was Alex’s finest day,’ judge Marcus said. ‘We have seen a young chef come of age.
‘He is a brilliant young chef, I love his thirst for knowledge, and he has cooked beyond his years.
‘MasterChef is about the next generation and for me as a chef I see Alex as the future.’
For his final meal, Alex presented a scallop ceviche with an artichoke and pickled pear tartare, yoghurt foam, parsley powder and crispy capers finished with a watercress oil for a starter.
He then followed this up with a main of pan seared trout, with parsnip crisps, parsnip coleslaw, roasted parsnip, parsley gel and a parsnip puree, finished with a mussel and caviar cream sauce, served with a mini potato fish pie topped with caviar and parsley powder.
For dessert, he delivered white chocolate and passionfruit dome, with passionfruit pearls, a prosecco sorbet on a feuilletine and dark chocolate base served with a passionfruit cocktail and passionfruit powder party poppers.
… and now we’re really hungry and want it all.
Having won the show, Alex is now working as head chef at the restaurant where he started his career, working as a potwash as a teenager.
‘I decided to enter MasterChef because I wanted to see how far I could go; winning is something I will always be very proud of. I really wanted it and all the blood sweat and tears, and sleepless nights have paid off.’ he said.
‘I want to enjoy the moment and make the most of all the opportunities which may be out there. I have lots of ideas for a book and I really enjoyed the experience of being in front of the camera so would like to look into any chances there may be to do more of this.
‘I will continue to work in the restaurant I do now, and I would like to keep learning and pushing myself. Then, hopefully one day, I will be able to achieve my big dream of owning my own restaurant.’
What do the prize for MasterChef: The Professionals winners?
Due to competition rules on television, there is no cash prize for the winner of MasterChef: The Professionals.
Instead, you get a coveted trophy, and the honour of calling yourself a champion.
MasterChef: The Professionals is available for catch-up on BBC iPlayer.
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