BBC One MasterChef 2022 Champion announced
The new champion took on fierce competition from 44 other amateur cooks, through seven weeks of culinary challenges and an exhilarating final cook-off, producing outstanding plates of food along the way
"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 cook. It’s the best feeling ever." — Eddie Scott
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Thirty-one-year-old marine pilot, Eddie Scott (30 during filming), has become BBC One’s MasterChef 2022 Champion, becoming the 18th amateur cook to claim the prestigious title.
Triumphing in a time when the nation is cooking at home and trying out new recipes more than ever before, Eddie took on fierce competition from 44 other amateur cooks, through seven weeks of culinary challenges and an exhilarating final cook-off, producing outstanding plates of food along the way, Eddie was awarded the MasterChef trophy by judges John Torode and Gregg Wallace.
On his win, an emotional Eddie Scott says: “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 cook. It’s the best feeling ever.”
MasterChef judge, John Torode, says: “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.”
MasterChef judge, Gregg Wallace, adds: “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.”
On his MasterChef experience, Eddie says: “I sat watching the show for years telling myself to apply. I wanted to go up in front of John and Gregg to see what I could really do. I think every amateur cook secretly dreams of having the chance to go onto a show like MasterChef - to have that one chance of totally changing your life in what you love doing!”
To John and Gregg, he says: “It’s been life’s greatest pleasure to sit here and cook for you both the food that I love. It’s the best thing I’ve ever done.”
Eddie faced off strong competition in the final week from tonight’s runners up Pookie Tredell and Radha Kaushal-Bolland, as well Sarah Rankin (Final Four), who left the show last night, and Ioan Jones (Final Five), who left on Tuesday night. The Final Three were tested beyond anything they’d experienced, to prove to John and Gregg their skill, tenacity and culinary flair were worthy of success in the intense last challenges.
In a gruelling and thrilling last week, MasterChef viewers have seen Eddie travel to Ballymaloe House and Cookery School in the South-West of Ireland, walking in the footsteps of professional chefs from all over the world, who come to learn the ‘farm to table’ philosophy of the late, great patron of Irish cuisine, Myrtle Allen. Eddie drew on all he learned there to prepare a celebratory dinner for some of Ireland’s finest food producers, food historians and relatives of Myrtle. Eddie also earned the opportunity of a lifetime, to work with one of the world’s greatest chefs, Gordon Ramsay - whose incredible three Michelin-starred Restaurant Gordon Ramsay hosted this year’s Chef’s Table. Eddie worked under enormous pressure to master their classic dishes, uphold impeccable standards and impress a dining room of some of the country’s best chefs. Former three-star Michelin legend Pierre Koffmann described his consommé as: “Ten out of 10. A lot of chefs cannot do it as well as that. Perfect.”
The competition culminated in the definitive challenge - cooking the best three-course meal of their lives. Eddie’s winning menu started with turbot, topped with caviar, tempura oyster, cucumber compressed in dill oil and a champagne beurre blanc. On his starter, Gregg said: “You are cooking to a standard here, that many professional chefs haven’t reached.” John reacted with: “Boom. That is stupendous. You’ve taken the finest of ingredients, treated them with real care and got absolute perfection and balance. That’s a great dish that could grace the table of any restaurant, Eddie.”
The main course was a Hyderabadi Dum – a caraway and nigella seed pastry-topped chicken biryani, spiced basmati rice with crispy onions, chicken thigh cooked on the bone, all flavoured with saffron, Kashmiri chilli powder and cardamom, with a cucumber raita. John told Eddie: “I have a problem with this dish. In the fact that I just want to keep shoveling it into my mouth. It’s so extraordinary and addictive!”
To finish his menu, Eddie served his take on the classic French dish, St Emilion au Chocolat – chocolate mousse with a prune purée centre, prunes soaked in Armagnac, almond frangipane, and an almond and Armagnac crème Chantilly. Gregg reacted with: “It’s naughty but it’s absolutely delicious.”
After the tasting, Gregg told Eddie: “When I look at you, I can’t honestly imagine you doing anything else but cooking, you are a born cook. I can’t pay you any better compliment.”
Eddie lives in Beverley, East Yorkshire with his fiancée, Nami. He grew up in a small village in Leicestershire, Newton Harcourt. He spent eight years as a navigation officer in the Merchant Navy travelling the world and has piloted ships on the Humber for the last five years.
Eddie’s love of cooking stems from a family passionate about food – from his mother’s baking skills, to his father’s experimental dishes and his grandparents’ perfection of Punjabi classics – all inspiring him to learn more in the kitchen. Eddie recalls his childhood, looking through cookbooks, constantly thinking about food and says: “All of our best memories were cooking together, travelling and eating together.”
Remembering what seriously ignited his desire to cook, Eddie says: “Growing up, we’d pack up our little Ford Fiesta and spend summer holidays camping in France. I was astounded by how the French presented ingredients and how delicious dishes in the simplest cafés and restaurants were. The way food was engrained in French culture was a total revelation. I wanted to recreate it and that’s how I really got into cooking.”
On his food style, Eddie says: “I love to cook the Punjabi dishes I grew up eating with my family. But my real passion is the great Mughlai cuisine: the historic royal dishes of Old Delhi, Lucknow and Hyderabad. I so admire classic French and Indian cookery and like to create my own fusion of the two fascinating foodie cultures.”
Looking ahead, Eddie says: “Everything in my life has been building up to doing something in food. It would be amazing to be able to cook in a top restaurant and with the most famous royal Awadhi chefs in Lucknow. It would also be exciting to write about food or even do some more TV. What I’d really love is to own my own restaurant - sharing my food memories and nostalgia. I always knew one day I wanted to pursue a career in food and now MasterChef has made me realise that this can be a reality.”
MasterChef Series 18 is available to watch on iPlayer
Applications for MasterChef 2023 are now open: masterchef.com
Source BBC One
May 5, 2022 9:00pm ET by BBC One