24 year old Billie McKay has won MasterChef Australia 2015 and a job offer to work at The Fat Duck from Heston Blumenthal.
The offer came on top of the $250,000 cash, Alfa Romeo, a monthly column in Delicious magazine and the series title.
The finale included a 5 hr challenge to recreate a Heston dish before family and former contestants.
The triple challenge reduced both contestants to tears -including the ultra composed Billie- with George Calombaris having to deliver pep talks. But even under the pressure of the final challenge, Billie found time to encourage her competitor.
Billie, from Ballina NSW, was described by Matt Preston as the “most complete cook we’ve ever seen in this competition.”
“This has just been the greatest time of my life,” she said in response.
“I don’t know where to start! It’s an unbelievable feeling not only to win, but to have this offer to work at The Fat Duck is beyond my wildest dreams.
“The whole MasterChef Australia experience has been the biggest learning curve of my life. I owe a lot to Gary, George and Matt, I can’t thank them enough,” she said later.
“To Georgia, to have come all this way with her has made the experience so much more amazing as we’re such good mates. I’m always amazed at her creativity and how genuine, fun and happy she is, even when things weren’t going her way.
“I’m completely blown away to have been offered a job with Heston. I would never have dreamt at the start of the competition that was even a vague possibility. From Ballina to Bray, who would have thought.”
Billie: 21 points
Georgia: 23 points
Billie: 25 points
Georgia: 27 points
Billie: 36 points
Georgia: 30 points
Billie: 82 points
Georgia: 80 points
As Runner-Up Georgia won $20,000 and Second Runner-Up Jessica pocketed $10,000.
Georgia said: “To Billie, what an amazing girl. I’m so excited for her and couldn’t have asked for a better friend to have been through this crazy adventure with. “I’ve got so many ideas running through my mind for the future. I’d love to get into presenting and doing food demonstrations and events, I’ve had a taste of it now and I love the buzz of teaching people. Food styling and writing is also a passion I really want to pursue. I can’t wait to get started,” she said.
After a strong season for TEN, MasterChef is already calling for contestants for 2016.