Brett McGregor is crowned the first MasterChef New Zealand and TV ONE orders a second helping of the hit series
After 13 gruelling weeks, 1000 ambitious amateur cooks and a tense two hour showdown between the finalists, Brett McGregor wins the title of first ever MasterChef New Zealand.
Today, TVNZ also confirms the commission of a second series of MasterChef New Zealand made by Imagination Television Ltd for TV ONE due in early 2011.
Jeff Latch, Head of TV ONE and TV2, says, “we are delighted to have brought TV ONE viewers a high quality locally produced version of the hit MasterChef series. The series will be back by popular demand next year with 1000′s of new hopefuls competing to earn the prestigious title MasterChef New Zealand 2011.”
In last night’s MasterChef New Zealand: Grand Final, finalists Kelly Young and Brett McGregor faced their ultimate challenge – a test of their knowledge, skill and all-round cooking ability, in not just one, but four gruelling trials with 100 points up for grabs.
Challenge one was a taste test, in which they had to identify the 20 ingredients in a minestrone soup with Kelly narrowly beating Brett 12 points to 13. Challenge two was a lamb invention test, using any cut of lamb and ten other ingredients they had 90 minutes to make their dish. Despite re-plating his dish with just two minutes to go, Brett scored 34 and Kelly scored 28. Challenge three tested their sausage-making skills, and almost neck and neck, Kelly won 8 points to Brett’s 9.
In a challenge that would have some professional chefs quaking, the final test was to make a traditional French profiterole cone called a croquembouche. The whole competition rested on the very last score of the fourth challenge, and despite Kelly winning 24 points and Brett 20 points, Brett had the most points overall and the three judges, Ross Burden, Simon Gault and Ray McVinnie crowned him first ever MasterChef New Zealand.
Clearly overcome at winning Brett said, “it feels really brilliant, it’s been an absolutely turbulent time I have to thank [the judges], I have to thank [the contestants], I have to thank Kelly, my family, all the support at home and everything like that. It’s just been such an intense time, it’s quite unreal, I can’t really believe what’s just happened, so I think it’s going to take a little bit to settle in.”
MasterChef New Zealand runner up Kelly said, “it’s been amazing, an absolutely amazing journey. I’ve had highs, I’ve had some lows as well and [the judges] have inspired me, [the contestants] have all inspired me. It’s opened up my eyes to the industry and shown me how much I really have the passion to keep it going, and this is me, so you’ll be seeing more of me that’s for sure.”
Brett wins the MasterChef New Zealand title and over $100,000 worth of prizes, including a Toyota Prius i-tech car, state-of-the-art Fisher and Paykel Izona appliances, a range of kitchenware from Stevens and an exclusive cookbook deal with Random House. The winner will also appear in an upcoming commercial for Countdown, major sponsor of MasterChef NZ.
To apply to be on MasterChef New Zealand Series Two, please head to www.tvnz.co.nz/masterchefnewzealand for details.