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Lisa Faulkner wins Celeb MasterChef

Lisa Faulkner has been crowned Celebrity MasterChef 2010 and said winning had "turned my life around".

The 38-year-old actress beat television presenter Dick Strawbridge and Christine Hamilton in the final episode which saw all three serve up a meal for presenters John Torode and Gregg Wallace.

Lisa, best known for her role as Dr Merrick in Holby City, said: "I just wanted to prove to John and Greg they had chosen the right person."

The star, who often appeared to be battling her nerves as pressure mounted in the kitchen, said the judges helped her along the way.

She said: "You know when something is going wrong because you see the camera come looming towards you and Greg bellowing at you, but they are ultimately really kind and I am just in awe of both of them.

"Winning has turned my life around. I love it, I love cooking and since the show I just haven't stopped."

In the run-up to Friday's episode the three finalists faced different challenges such as cooking on the Orient Express and making a meal for some of the country's best chefs including Michel Roux Jr.

She said: "The most difficult thing has been keeping the secret because I wanted to shout it from the rooftops because I was just so proud."

Australian-born chef John said the actress had no idea just how good she really was.

He said: "The idea that someone comes into MasterChef, starts at a certain level and continues to grow and gets better and better is fantastic - she continued to improve and is completely in love with food."

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