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MasterChef 2022 winner crowned calling it ‘best feeling ever’


MasterChef has crowned its 2022 champion in a nail-biting final tonight (Thursday). Eddie Scott was announced as the winner of the BBC One cooking programme, calling it “the best feeling ever”.

Bagging the top honour in the 18th series, the 31-year-old from Beverley in East Yorkshire cooked the best three-course meal of his life. His winning menu wowed the judges John Torode and Gregg Wallace who handed over the coveted trophy.

He said: “It’s everything. My whole life I feel has been building up to this moment. I can’t believe I’m standing here as the MasterChef champion. It’s just been the most stressful and the most enjoyable! I feel like I’ve just discovered who I am as a cook. It’s the best feeling ever.”

Judge John Torode, said: “Eddie is nothing short of a culinary powerhouse. His love of classic French food blended with the spices of India, has made us really stand up and take notice. He’s daring, he’s adventurous, he doesn’t play it safe.”

Gregg Wallace added: “I think we’ve just seen the birth of a future great chef. Eddie impressed from the moment he set foot in this kitchen. He’s hardly put a foot wrong throughout the competition.”

Eddie, who is a marine pilot, has said his experience as a marine pilot helped him handle the heat of the kitchen, including facing the notoriously fierce Gordon Ramsay.

He told the PA news agency: “The stakes are quite high at my work. If you have an accident, the ship catches fire, you have a collision or you hit something, you can cause huge amounts of damage to the environment and to the ship and other infrastructure.

“So, it’s a job where you have to conduct yourself at the highest standards and a huge amount of pressure, navigating and manoeuvring the ships, which is a tough job. That allows me to think with a cool head in high-pressure environments and that really helps me to keep a clear mind in the kitchen and during the challenges on MasterChef.”

The marine pilot said that being a “very organised person” has helped him handle the stress of his job and the kitchen as he is able to methodically plan out the recipe in his mind. Being able to thrive under pressure came in particularly handy when cooking with Ramsay, one of his culinary heroes.



Eddie Scott - MasterChef 2022 Champion
Eddie Scott – MasterChef 2022 Champion

The celebrity chef hosted this year’s Chef’s Table at his three Michelin-starred establishment – Restaurant Gordon Ramsay. Scott told PA that he “wasn’t nervous in the slightest” when he had to cook some of Ramsay’s classic dishes to impress a dining room of some of the country’s best chefs.

He said: “I was more about seizing the opportunity of cooking with one of my heroes, someone I really admire. There were not many nerves, you could feel the pressure, but I was really excited.”

The amateur chef said he tries to maintain his “up for anything” attitude when cooking as he feels “if you cook with a smile, then you’ll make lovely food”. His positive attitude helped him through the competition, which saw 44 other amateur cooks fight for the title across seven weeks of culinary challenges.

After being crowned, Scott said he felt “on top of the world” and that winning the prestigious cookery competition was “an absolute dream come true”. The newly-crowned champion now hopes to focus on his “true passion in life”, which is entering into the culinary world as he feels he has achieved his childhood dream of being in the merchant navy and is now ready for a new challenge.

He hopes his MasterChef title will aid that ambition, explaining: “I’d really love to open a restaurant and showcase my love of food, my passion with other people and my nostalgia which shines through all my dishes.”

The chef’s style is a fusion of French and Indian cuisine, inspired by his childhood road trips to France and his grandparents making him classic Punjabi dishes. Reflecting on the rise of fusion cooking, Scott said he feels that MasterChef shows the “fantastic diversity” of cultures and cuisines available as Britain becomes more multicultural.

He also hopes the show highlights the importance of the hospitality world as he feels it was “decimated” during the Covid-19 pandemic.

“Although we’re through the worst of it, I think it’s still having a massive effect on the whole industry as a whole. So, it’s great to promote the industry,” he added.





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