24 year old Andy Allen from New South Wales has won Masterchef 2012.
He defeated 26 year old Julia Taylor from Queensland.
Andy wins $100,000, a cookbook deal and experience in kitchens at some of the top restaurants in the country.
Final scores were 76 to Andy, 68 to Julia.
The First Round was an Entree Challenge that required the three Finalists to feed 35 Masterchef fans each.
Former contestants were brought in to help Audra, Andy and Julia plate up.
But at the end Julia had 25 points, Andy had 23 and Audra had 22.
Audra’s dish was complimented by the judges but was deemed by Matt Preston to be more salad than Entree. Audra Morrice’s missed the Final 2 by just one point.
The Second Round required Andy and Julia to serve up main course capable of being “Australia’s National Dish” with their own personality.
Julia’s served up a Crusted Rack of Lamb and Andy served up a Modern Fisherman Basket. By the end of it Julia had 46 points due to undercooked Lamb, but Andy had moved ahead to 51 points including a perfect 10.
The Third Round was of course a Dessert, set to favour ‘Dessert Queen’ Julia. Both were required to create a delicate Gaytime dessert.
Final total at the end of round three was 76 to Andy, 68 to Julia.
“I am overwhelmed. I never thought this would happen. It just goes to show what you can do if you put your mind to something you love. For me the most important thing is to keep learning and whatever I do next that’s my priority,” Andy said.
“Now that I’ve realised how quickly I can take on skills and learn more, I just want to push myself to find out how far I can go. I’m a quick learner, any technique that was thrown at me I had to master. There was no time in the competition that I really knew what I was doing. I’m so happy with my progress.”
There were also prizes for the other Finalists. Adriano Zumbo offered Julia an apprenticeship in his kitchen. She also won $15,000.
Audra was given $5,000 for coming third.
The finale included “kitchen legends” including former MasterChef champs and renowned Chefs from across Australia and families of Andy and Julia, including her sister Katie.
This year’s season managed to rescue the brand after on-going criticism of the 2011 season.
Tomorrow night favourite past contestants return for a three week MasterChef: All Stars season.
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