MasterChef winner Tom Rhodes finally announced after delay due to death of Prince Philip

Tom of Manchester was in the final alongside Mike Tomkins and Alexina Anatole

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MasterChef fans finally found out who won the show on Wednesday night after the finale was pushed back due to Prince Philip’s death.
The final episode was scheduled to air Friday March 9 on BBC One, but was canceled after news of the Duke of Edinburgh’s death that morning at Windsor Castle was announced.

However, on Wednesday, Tom Rhodes was crowned the MasterChef winner for the 2021 series and said he hopes to publish his own cookbook in the near future.

The 31-year-old from Manchester was in the final alongside Mike Tomkins, 27, and Alexina Anatole, 30 – and was announced as the 17th winner by judges John Torode and Gregg Wallace.

Speaking after his win, Tom said: “From start to finish, MasterChef is the most amazing experience. Being this year’s MasterChef Champion, after watching and admiring so many past champions, seems like a dream come true.

Tom Rhodes has been announced as this year’s MasterChef winner
(Image: BBC)

“I am grateful to have met, learned to know and cook alongside some of the most wonderful and talented people, and to have found lifelong friends in them. , hard working people, fantastic people, who make MasterChef such a special show.

“I think this is just the start, and I’m excited for what’s to come,” added Tom.

MasterChef Judge John said of the winner: “Tom walked into this kitchen and surprised us. He has defined a style of his own and it’s fantastic. Her food is delicious and she looks gorgeous. As an amateur chef, what he does is truly impressive.

Tom of Manchester was in the final alongside Mike Tomkins and Alexina Anatole
(Image: BBC)

Judge Gregg added, “I love this guy. He delivered some of the most beautiful and elegant dishes that I have seen in this competition in a long time. He’s a phenomenal talent and the sky is the limit for him. “

Tom’s winning menu consisted of a trio of oysters, an upside-down seared rib-eye topped with kombu-marinated beets, baked beets baked in beef fat, buttermilk au wasabi and watercress puree served with a sake and bone marrow sauce and its version of a lemon pie.

Tom, who has loved being in the kitchen since the age of four, now hopes to follow in Nigella Lawson’s footsteps and publish his own cookbook.

MasterChef judge John Torode says Tom has 'defined a style of his own'
MasterChef judge John Torode said Tom had “defined a style of his own”

“When I was younger I watched Nigella Lawson and Nigel Slater a lot,” Tom revealed.

“I met Nigella Lawson and I have a signed copy of How to Eat, which holds a special place in my growing collection of over 300 cookbooks.

“Someday I would love to write a cookbook and have a cookery school.

“During the contest, I realized my love for developing recipes and cooking for other people besides my friends and family, so I would love to do more of that after the show,” Tom added. .

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