FORTY contestants were whittled down to just three for the MasterChef 2021 final.
But there could only be one winner, and judges John Torode and Gregg Wallace had a tough decision to make
Who won MasterChef 2021?
The three talented finalists of the series were Mike Tomkins, Alexina Anatole and Tom Rhodes.
But after an epic final performance it was Tom who was crowned champion to the delight of fans, who had to wait a few days to watch the conclusion of the series after the show was delayed due to Prince Philip's death.
The Newcastle-based high-street chain restaurant manager stunned the judges with his three course menu.
He started with a trio of oysters – one raw oyster topped with apple, cucumber and sake granite; a beer battered oyster with umeboshi mayonnaise; and a grilled oyster with miso and seaweed butter topped with a panko crumbs and oyster leaf.
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For the main course Tom served up reverse seared rib-eye steak, topped with kombu pickled beetroot, baked beetroot cooked in beef fat, wasabi buttermilk and a watercress puree served with sake and bone marrow sauce.
And dessert featured his take on a lemon tart.
Tom confessed: "I am totally obsessed with cooking, I am the kind of person who will spend three, four, five hours making dinner – just for myself a lot of the time, because I live alone."
After his win Tom said: "Being this year's MasterChef champion, after watching and admiring so many past Champions, seems like a dream come true.
"I'm grateful that I met, got to know and cook alongside some of the most wonderful and talented people, and have found friends for life in them."
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What does the winner of MasterChef 2021 get?
The winner is awarded the chance to lift and keep the coveted MasterChef trophy.
However, it is the recognition, prestige and exposure that is the main appeal of winning the show.
Many winners have used the contest as a springboard to launch a hugely successful career in cooking.
The show's website says: "MasterChef sets out to find the UK’s best amateur cook
"A cook whose talent and passion could transform their life.
"It’s a life-changing journey for many, but only one will be crowned the nation’s MasterChef."
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Where is Tom Rhodes now?
In June 2021, Rhodes confirmed that he was still working at Nandos after becoming the latest champion of the BBC show in April.
As of March 2022, he has over 18 thousand followers on Instagram, where he posts all of his latest dishes.
His Instagram bio holds the link to his website where you can find all the recipes for his dishes, events he's attending and private dining cooking classes.
Search the username @rhodeskitchen for his Instagram and click the link here for his website.
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