Emelia Jackson has won the coveted title of MasterChef Australia: Back to Win.
She defeated close friend Laura Sharrad for the trophy and a $250,000 prize.
The grand final saw the pair serve up a three course meal, of their own choosing, for the judges and former contestants as diners.
Back as dining guests were such faces as Poh, Reynold, Callum, Reece, Tessa, Jess, Khanh, Hayden, Simon, Sarah T., Sarah C., Chris and Ben.
Emelia won with a flawless menu of classic dishes, while Laura went for native Australian ingredients. But she also burnt her hand which severely impacted her cook. Despite close first and second courses, Laura’s dessert let her down. As Runner-Up she won $30,000 with Reynold pocketing $20,000.
10’s Back to Win series has been a roaring success for the network, introducing new judges Jock Zonfrillo, Melissa Leong and Andy Allen (who all return for Junior MasterChef), guests Gordon Ramsay and Katy Perry and production coping with a contestant arrest and the stress of a pandemic.
But it has also proven to be comfort TV for audiences escaping from the real world with strong ratings as a result. Casting is already open for 2021.
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