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Justin Narayan is crowned the winner of this year’s MasterChef


Justin Narayan is crowned the winner of this year’s MasterChef in a nail-biting finale

Justin Narayan won the title of this year’s MasterChef during the show’s suspenseful finale on Tuesday.

The 27-year-old was elated after picking up the top prize, beating out fellow finalists Kishwar Chowdhury and Pete Campbell.

He took home a whopping $250,000 in prize money, along with the coveted MasterChef trophy.

Taking out the top spot: Justin Narayan won the title of this year’s MasterChef during the show’s suspenseful finale on Tuesday

‘I feel incredibly honoured and humbled to have that title and to be able to win this competition,’ the stunned cook began. 

‘I’m genuinely going to take a week to process this and let it sink in, and then I’ll, like, write you an email, let you know how I feel.’ 

A gracious Justin congratulated both Kishwar, 38, and Pete, praising them for making it through to the final. 

Taking home the prize: Justin took home a whopping $250,000 in prize money, along with the coveted MasterChef trophy

Taking home the prize: Justin took home a whopping $250,000 in prize money, along with the coveted MasterChef trophy

‘First of all, I would like to commend Kish and Pete for being the most incredible people to cook with,’ he began. 

‘Kish, you’re an incredible cook and you should be so proud.’

Addressing Pete, 36, Justin said he thought of him as a ‘big brother’, after the two men formed a close friendship throughout the competition. 

‘Pete, I look up to you in so many ways, you’re like my big brother. I definitely wouldn’t be here today without your encouragement, without your support,’ he added. 

An emotional Justin then turned and thanked his proud parents, and said he was ‘very grateful for everything you guys have sacrificed and given to me to be here, to have these opportunities’.

Awkwardly, Justin needed to be reminded by judge Jock Zonfrillo to thank his fiancée, Esther, who was standing right beside him.

‘You are so incredibly beautiful, and I love you very much, and I’m sorry for not planning the wedding for the last six months, but I think I can pay for it now,’ he joked. 

The show’s finalists were tasked with recreating two dishes by celebrity chef Peter Gilmore – one savoury and one sweet.

The 53-year-old executive chef of Quay restaurant also acted as a guest judge alongside regular judges Jock Zonfrillo, Melissa Leong and Andy Allen during the show’s all-important finale.

Peter said Justin’s recreation of his shaved squid with shiitake custard, koji butter and pinstripe peanuts was ‘perfect’. 

More to come.    

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