21 year old Callum Hann has won the title of MasterChef All Stars, defeating 44 year old Chris Badenoch.
Hann, who was runner up in Season Two of the TEN series, also defeated 2011 winner Kate Bracks, who took third place.
The young South Australian scored 70 points out of 80, to Badenoch’s 62 points winning $20,000 for his charity, Cancer Council.
The finale included appearances by Maggie Beer and Peter Gilmore in a two-round battle that included the return on the dreaded dessert, The Snow Egg. With Hann already having tackled the dish in Season Two, the show allowed Badenoch to have a practise run under Peter Gilmore’s guidance first.
“What an unbelievable feeling. I came in as one of the underdogs, so to come out on top was really special,” he said.
“The Cancer Council does so much for the families going through what is one of the hardest times of their lives. And having gone through that myself, with my dad, I think this money can go such a long way to help people with the support services they need, and just make their lives that little bit easier.”
In a goodwill gesture, Hann offered $10,000 of his $25,000 win to Badenoch’s chosen charity, Lort Smith Animal Hospital.
“He is so selfless, and that really sums up the guy. Just fantastic,” said Badenoch.
TEN had staged the All Stars series as a strategic way to combat the Olympics, and it succeeded on that front, delivering healthy ratings.
$111,000 was distributed across the series.
· Callum Hann representing Cancer Council won $20,000
· Chris Badenoch representing Lort Smith Animal Hospital won $15,000
· Kate Bracks representing TEAR Australia won $11,000
· Justine Schofield representing Youth off the Streets won $5,000
· Julie Goodwin representing Oxfam won $15,000
· Dani Venn representing Starlight Foundation won $10,000
· Marion Grasby representing Save the Children Australia won $10,000
· Poh Ling Yeow representing Cambodian Children’s Foundation won $5,000
· Hayden Quinn representing BoysTown won $5,000
· Jonathan Daddia representing Oz Harvest won $5,000
· Aaron Harvie representing Salvation Army won $5,000
· Kumar Pereira representing Doctors without Borders won $5,000