Where are the past MasterChef UK winners now? – The Sun

MASTERCHEF has propelled the careers of cooks all over the country as they get to display their culinary skills on the show.

Let's take a look at some of the past winners of the show and where they're at now.

Series one – Thomasina Miers – 2005

Thomasina was a bit of a foodie before appearing on MasterChef, as she was already a freelance food writer.

After winning the contest, the Cheltenham chef fronted two cookery series on Channel 4 and published her own cookery book.

She worked at London's Petersham Nurseries with celebrated chef Skye Gyngell, before opening the Mexican restaurant Wahaca, in Covent Garden.

She has now expanded the brand into a nationwide chain of restaurants and street kitchens.

Since the show she and husband Mark Williams have also had three children.

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Series two – Peter Bayless – 2006

Peter Bayless gave up advertising and wrote a cookbook after his win in 2006Credit: BBC

The former advertising man, Peter Bayless, said winning the show changed his life.

He wrote a book about his experience – called My Father Could Only Boil Cornflakes – and went on to cook at the celebrated restaurant Le Gavroche.

He said: “Suddenly my lifelong passion for food, its preparation and its cooking were allowed to come to the forefront of my existence, rather than remaining no more than a hobby or pastime.”

He now cooks at various French restaurants and is working on his second book.

Series three – Steven Wallis – 2007

Steven worked in the fashion industry before turning his attention to food.

He bagged the title in series three and then packed in his job and went around the world, expanding his culinary horizons.

He then became a writer, private chef and a flavour consultant.

He is now Group Head of Culinary Innovation at 2 Sisters Food Group, whose factories produce packaged foods including Goodfellas pizzas and Fox’s Biscuits.

Series four – James Nathan – 2008

The former criminal lawyer went from the courtroom to the kitchen after winning MasterChef, landing his first chef’s job at Bentleys Oyster Bar in Piccadilly.

He moved on to Michael Caine’s Bath Priory before working with Rick Stein at his Seafood Restaurant in Padstow, Cornwall.

After running his own restaurant The Green Room at the Retallack Resort and Spa, he became an executive chef at the St Enodoc Hotel, also in Cornwall, in 2016.

He also runs a private catering business called By James Nathan.

Series five – Mat Follas – 2009

The New Zealander originally went back to his job in IT before finally getting the backing for his own restaurant and opening The Wild Garlic, in Beaminster, Dorset.

The business closed in 2013, months after relocating, and Mat went on to write two cookbooks – Fish and Vegetable Perfection.

He and wife Amanda now own the Bramble Cafe and Deli in Poundbury, Dorset.

Series six – Dhruv Baker – 2010

Born in Mexico and raised in India, Dhruv brought some interesting flavours to the MasterChef table – and went on to work with Michel Roux Jr at Le Gavroche and at De Librije in Holland.

He published his first recipe book, Spice, in 2014.

He now co-owns catering company Earlsfield Kitchen and the Jolly Gardeners pub in Earlsfield, London.

Series seven – Tim Anderson – 2011

The American bar manager has a passion for Japanese food, which he picked up as a teenager after watching a TV cookery show.

Since winning in 2011, Tim has worked in the kitchen of La Gavroche and The Fat Duck and has been a regular presenter on Jamie Oliver’s Food Tube and Drinks Tube, and a frequent guest on the Radio 4 food panel show The Kitchen Cabinet.

He now runs the Japanese soul food restaurant Nanban in Brixton and has published a book of recipes served there.

Series eight – Shelina Permalloo – 2012

Born in Southampton, of Mauritian stock, the former project manager published her first cookbook Sunshine On A Plate a year after her win and her second, The Sunshine Diet, in January 2015.

She has since opened a Mauritian street food kitchen called Lakaz Maman in her home city.

Series nine – Natalie Coleman – 2013

The Hackney credit controller was a part-time techno DJ before taking the MasterChef crown.

She has since worked in celebrated restaurants including Le Gavroche, the Gilbert Scott and the Hand & Flowers.

She is now head chef at the Winchmore pub in North London and teaches both children and adult cookery classes.

Series 10 – Ping Coombes – 2014

The Malaysian describes herself as “a home cook who was propelled into a ‘dream come true’ world of cooking” with her MasterChef win.

Being made redundant spurred her on to apply to the show and her Malaysian meals impressed all the judges.

Since winning, Ping has run street food classes and set up a company, Ping's Pantry.

She is now the executive chef of Chi Kitchen, the pan-Asian restaurant in Debenhams's flagship Oxford Street store. In May 2016, she released her first cookbook, Malaysia: Recipes From A Family Kitchen.

Series 11 – Simon Wood – 2015

Lancashire contestant Simon was a data manager before his MasterChef win and soon switched careers.

He combined his love of food and football to become Executive Chef at his beloved Oldham Athletic and is a columnist in Lancashire Life.

He is about to open his first restaurant, Wood, in Manchester.

His first recipe book At Home With Simon Wood was published in April 2016.

Series 12 – Jane Devonshire – 2016

Mum-of-four Jane appealed to the nation’s hearts as well as their stomachs with her sweet nature and homegrown cookery skills.

She says she is “still cooking, still learning and still loving it” and in the last year she has cooked with top chefs including Michel Roux, Jason Atherton, Michael O’Hare, Marcus Wareing and Atul Kochhar.

She has also been travelling all over the country, teaching and appearing at food festivals and is currently writing her first gluten free cookbook.

Series 13 – Saliha Mahmood Ahmed – 2017

Saliha's day job is as a hospital doctor specialising in Gastroenterology.Since winning the show with her fusion style cuisine, she has hosted cookery classes, appeared at food shows and even collaborated with Michelin Star chef Atul Kochar.

Her debut cookbook Khazana will be published in September 2018 and will explore the culinary heritage of Indo-Persia and the Mughal Empire inspired dishes.

Series 14 – Kenny Tutt – 2018

Kenny is a bank manager who lives in Worthing, West Sussex, with his wife and two children.

He says his fondest memory of food was that his mum cooked a lot.

He said his job with the bank was his first "proper" job – and he's worked there for 15 years.

Kenny says he appeared on MasterChef because he wanted to try something different.

Series 15 – Irini Tzortzoglou – 2019

Irini is an amateur cook who is originally from the Greek island of Crete.

She formerly worked as a banker until she was 50.

She now lives in Cumbria and previously studied at Kingston University in London.

Series 16 – Thomas Frake  – 2020

Thomas is a London banking and international finance worker.

Upon winning the show he said: “Honestly, it’s a dream come true. It’s been immense and the best thing I’ve ever done in my life. I can’t see me not working in food for the rest of my life."

He appeared on the 2021 MasterChef series as a guest judge and has also hinted at plans to open his own gastropub in the near future.

Series 17 – Tom Rhodes – 2022

Tom Rhodes was crowned as the most recent winner of the BBC series.

The Newcastle-based chef was described as a "phenomenal talent" by judges John Torode and Gregg Wallace.

He grew up in Rochdale before moving to Newcastle for university and settling in the city where he now lives and works.

When is MasterChef 2022 on TV?

The brand new series of MasterChef kicks off on Wednesday, March 23, 2022 at 8pm.

It will then air three episodes a week between Monday and Friday between 7.30pm and 9.30pm.

Series 12 to 17 are all available on BBC iPlayer.

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