Belfast Telegraph

Young American wins MasterChef

Bar manager Tim Anderson has been crowned the youngest ever winner of MasterChef after weeks of intense competition in the BBC One culinary challenge.

The 26-year-old American, known for his experimental dishes, now plans to build his own food empire.

Judge and presenter John Torode said his cooking was the "best culinary explosion" the programme had ever seen.

Viewers have watched Tim battle his way through 11 weeks, winning a place in the 20 who started the contest through to the finals screened this week, alongside Tom Whitaker and Sara Danesin.

Their final challenges included making lunch in the Australian rainforest, catering for a wedding in 35C (95F) heat, cooking at three of New York's finest restaurants and preparing a three-course menu for some of the chefs who had mentored them during the series.

His final meal for Torode and fellow judge Gregg Wallace involved a complex array of "slider" sandwiches, themed to a trio of cities, a Japanese noodle dish with truffled lobster and a selection of British puddings.

Delighted Tim, who has been married for three years to Laura, said: "It is such a good feeling. I'm very proud of the accomplishment and I'm just so glad that John and Gregg liked my food.

"Looking back on all the amazing cooks that left before me, it is really quite humbling to have come out on top. Humbling but super awesome at the same time."

Torode said: "I think all three were amazing, but Tim was in a different world altogether. He had influences from Norway, Japan, America, Australia and the UK. That all coming together gave us the best culinary explosion that we've ever seen in MasterChef."

Wallace said: "Inventive is one thing but inventive and delicious is nothing short of incredible."


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