MasterChef winners - where are they now?
by Simon Ward | 25 March 2014 | 1 commentTweet
We look at what happened to the likes of Natalie Coleman, Shelina Permalloo, Tim Anderson and Thomasina Miers after they won the MasterChef title.
A new series of MasterChef kicks off this week, where one of three amateur chefs will cook their way to the big prize. We take a look at what happened to the most recent amateur MasterChef winners after they won the coveted crown.
Natalie Coleman – 2013
Natalie Coleman, or 'the girl from Hackney that did good' according to her blog, has totally abandoned her life as a former credit controller/techno DJ. Since her MasterChef victory, Natalie has worked at some of the UK's most renowned restaurants (including Le Gavroche, the Gilbert Scott and the Hand & Flowers) and appeared on various TV shows. A new cookbook, MasterChef: The Finalists, includes a range of Natalie’s dishes from the series, and she has just signed up to write her first cookbook with Quercus Books. You can give Natalie's recipes a go here.
Shelina Permalloo – 2012
Following her victory in MasterChef 2012, mango-loving former charity worker Shelina has been sharing her take on Mauritian cooking on TV, at events such as the BBC Good Food Show and on the menu at Michelin-starred restaurant Benares. Her first book, Sunshine On A Plate, was published in June 2013. She ultimately hopes to open her own restaurant. You can try Shelina's recipes yourself here.
Tim Anderson – 2011
The American-born craft beer bar manager wowed John and Gregg by using elements of Japanese cooking in his dishes. Since he picked up the crown, he’s had stints at Le Gavroche and the Fat Duck and has been an ambassador for Malaysian food. He's opened his own pop-up restaurant called Nanban, specialising in southern Japanese food. You can see where it will be popping up next by following @NanbanLondon on Twitter. A cookbook is due later this year. We've plenty of Tim's recipes here.
Dhruv Baker – 2010
The Mexican-born, Indian-raised Baker quit his job in media sales to take part in the 2010 series. Since his win he has worked with Michel Roux Jr at Le Gavroche and at De Librije in Holland, and he also cooks for private events. He’s now co-owner of catering company Earlsfield Kitchen and his first recipe collection Spice is being published in July.
Mat Follas – 2009
After winning the title, New Zealand-born Mat found it difficult to raise the financial backing to open a restaurant so he went back to his job in IT. But he persevered and finally achieved his dream when he opened The Wild Garlic in Beaminster, Dorset in June 2009, although the restaurant relocated and subsequently closed in late 2013. He's now launched a solo venture called Mat Follas at The Casterbridge.
James Nathan – 2008
After his victory, former barrister James spent time honing his craft at Bentleys Oyster Bar in Piccadilly and at the Michael Caine-owned Bath Priory in Bath. He then moved to work as a chef at Rick Stein’s Seafood Restaurant in Padstow. He's now opened his own restaurant The Green Room at the Retallack Resort and Spa in Cornwall and runs a private catering business By James Nathan.
Steven Wallis – 2007
The former fashion strategist packed up his bags and travelled the world having culinary adventures. He’s put that knowledge to good use as a writer, private chef and flavour consultant. He's now set up consultancy Tastebillion. He blogged as The Urban Foodie until 2010.
Peter Bayless – 2006
The former advertising man wrote a book about winning the 2006 edition of MasterChef entitled My Father Could Only Boil Cornflakes before going on to work at Le Gavroche. He now cooks at a variety of UK and French restaurants, writes for food magazines and teaches at cookery schools.
Thomasina Miers – 2005
Former freelance food writer Thomasina continued her media career after winning the 2005 series, but this time she was the star of her own Channel 4 programmes and cookery books. She also had a spell at Petersham Nurseries, under the tutelage of Skye Gyngell, before she opened a Mexican restaurant in London called Wahaca. That restaurant has since expanded into 11 branches and two street kitchens.
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