Rhys wins MasterChef: The Professionals
29 year old Rhys Badcock is Australia's first MasterChef:The Professionals champ.
Badcock, who splits his time between Byron Bay and Broome, scored 50 points over a gruelling three-round finale, defeating Sarah and Rhett who tied on 48 points.
He wins a $200,000 cash prize and a trip around the world to gain experience alongside international chefs.
The two runners up were given $10,000 each.
The finale brought to a close TEN’s series which has struggled in the ratings this year. Thumped by My Kitchen Rules, the series sank to figures in the low 400,000s -hardly reflective of the success of the brand or the buzz surrounding celebrity chef Marco Pierre White.
The finale consisted of three rounds, an Invention Test with guest David Chang, a Marco Pierre White Pressure Test, and a Restaurant Service Challenge cooking for 120 of Australia’s best chefs including Shannon Bennett and Donovan Cooke.
Rhett won the first round but slipped up with his dessert. Sarah’s timing in the third round nearly saw service suspended, while Rhys delivered consistent meals.
All three contestants were kept in the dark on who had won right up until late yesterday. The show filmed three alternate endings in order to prevent leaks from ruining the win.
Rhys was typically laid-back about his victory. He plans to use the prize money to buy an old car and visit his mum in Western Australia, and invest in a restaurant.
“To travel around the world and cook in some of the world’s best restaurants is going to be amazing. I’m the winner, but we’re all winners,” he said.