Larissa wins MasterChef Australia 2019

Larissa Takchi has won the MasterChef Australia 2019 title, becoming the youngest ever winner at just 22 years of age.

The restaurant manager from New South Wales scored 85/90 after a tense 3 course service, defeating Tessa Boersma (77 points) and Simon Toohey (65 points).

She wins a cash prize of $250,000 a monthly column in Delicious magazine and a new Holden car.

The grand final was, however, overshadowed by the bombshell news of long-running judges Matt Preston, Gary Mehigan and George Calombaris all severing ties with Network 10 just hours prior.

While network CEO Paul Anderson thanked them for their 11 seasons, he also revealed negotiations for 2020 had reached an impasse. It followed a week of headlines in which the network was urged to dump Calombaris over a staff salary scandal.

But it was all smiles on air, in the pre-recorded grand final, with the elite of chefs and former contestants dining to the three courses cooked by the grand finalists.

Larissa’s ‘Roasted Bone Marrow with Onion Soubise,’ ‘Marron with Fennel Puree and Bisque’, and a rescued ‘Szechuan Pavlova, Beetroot and Blackberry Sorbet’ delivered her the champion trophy, edging our her nearest competition, Tessa.

MasterChef isn’t just a cooking show, it’s a lifestyle change,” she said. “To think that I was just an ordinary girl living an ordinary life in a small town, and now when I look into the mirror, I almost can’t recognise myself.

“When I applied for MasterChef, never in a million years did I think I would grow so much. The Grand Finale was the biggest test in the competition so far, but with the support of my family, Shannon Bennett and the judges, I honestly feel like I could conquer anything. I’m so excited to see what lies ahead.”

Gary Mehigan said, “She thinks differently to the other contestants, and she loves a laugh and has a great sense of humour.

“For somebody that was so young and predominantly focused on the sweet side of creativity, I expected her to falter towards the end of the competition. In fact, the penny dropped, and everything started to come together and she improved in leaps and bounds and put up some of the best dishes that we have seen in MasterChef.

“We are all convinced that she will do brilliantly well and can’t wait to see what she does next.”

Tessa Boersma, 27, from Queensland, was awarded $30,000 and Simon Toohey, 32, from Victoria, was given $20,000.

 LARISSATESSASIMON
ROUND ONE27/3027/3022/30
ROUND TWO28/3027/3021/30
ROUND THREE30/3023/3022/30
TOTAL85/9077/9065/90

Network 10 chief content officer, Beverley McGarvey said, “After 11 remarkable seasons, MasterChef Australia remains one of the most successful and loved shows on Australian television, a show that draws families together and resonates strongly across all age groups,” she said.

“Again this year, the series delivered strong television audience numbers for 10, including record video on-demand viewing.

“And Australians’ devotion to MasterChef Australia extends beyond the television screen. It was one of the noisiest shows on social media again this year, with high levels of engagement across all social media platforms, and it remains the most ‘liked’ entertainment show in Australia, with 1.67 million ‘likes’ on Facebook,” she said.

“We reached an average of 9.3 million people every week on Facebook, more than four times that of any previous season. Our How To Eat A Dumpling explainer video took Facebook by storm, reaching more than 55 million people worldwide and generating more than 27 million views.

“Congratulations to Larissa and to Tessa and Simon for an extraordinary grand finale. My thanks to all our contestants, our judges, mentors and guest chefs , our long term partners at Endemol Shine Australia 10’s executive producer Rick Maier, Endemol Shine Australia’s executive producer Marty Benson and everyone at 10 for creating a great series.

“We’re looking forward to welcoming a new generation of exceptional judges to a refreshed season 12 of MasterChef Australia. We would like to thank Gary, George and Matt for their remarkable contribution over the past 11 years,” she said.

“Australia is full of remarkable cooking talent and we can’t wait to introduce another group of ordinary Australians capable of extraordinary things for the love of food.”

12 Comments:

  1. Larissa deserves this, and so would Tessa or Simon to! All three of them were amazing, and I would love to see another service challenge next season (maybe a little bit more time but a little bit more complex as well)…it was an excellent finale.

  2. I believe the announcement was done deliberately, to put focus on the finale, but it is very unfair to Larissa (or whoever the winner would be) to have their moment hijacked.

  3. Couldn’t agree more Thought it odd that the Judges were leaving announcement was made before the grand final rather then after it. Was there a leak or some other unknown reason it was announced when it did. Very bad timing

  4. I agree. Low blow from the network to announce this the day of the final. The winner deserved the publicity and acclaim, not the three judges.

  5. So sad the gloss has been taken off Larissa’s win because of the judges , but I am astounded that Tessa (who I perceived to be the judges favourite) didn’t win !

    • jezza the first original one

      I disagree, Larissa stood out by a country mile as the winner. Any gloss take off her win was not because of the judges, but by an ego driven brainless executive who should have waited 24-48 hours to make the announcement.

  6. I think it was very unfair of 10 to announce this when they did, do it after the grand final. Absolutely it took focus away from the season, its contestants and the winner. Gary, Geirge, matt is all anyone was talking about.

    • Au contraire, it was smart to ensure this was known before the finale as it gave people a chance to see the three judges a ‘final’ time. Also, more eyeballs on the finale = more eyeballs on Larissa, Tessa and Simon, so I don’t think anyone was put out by this news.

        • These were my words not Ten’s, so I wouldn’t be arguing it was a sneaky ratings ploy by Ten. I was responding to the comment that Ten was somehow being unfair. And while the ratings were the lowest ever for a finale, this has been the lowest rated season ever too. But we’ll never know what they would have been 1. without the announcement or 2. without the George scandal.

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