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Justin Narayan wins MasterChef Australia 2021

After a marathon finale, WA's Justin takes out the 2021 title -by just 1 point.

Perth youth pastor Justin Narayan has won MasterChef Australia 2021 -by just a single point.

He scored 125 to win the 2021 title and the $250,000 prize.

Pete Campbell scored 124 points taking home a $30,000 prize and Kishwar Chowdhury had 114 points, with a $20,000 prize.

It was a marathon Grand Final, not just split across two nights, but concluding in a 2:20hr finale. That involved a Peter Gilmore specialty of 2 x Pressure Test dishes: a delicate Squid Noodle dish and a deluxe Golden Crackle dessert. The cook itself stretched for some 5 hours.

Despite going into Part II with a leading score it was Justin’s impeccable dish that won him the title. Peter Gilmore described his squid noodle dish as “perfect.”

“I am just as surprised as you are right now! This has been the experience of a lifetime,” he said.

“I feel very honoured and humbled to hold this trophy, and I’m the first to admit that I didn’t get here on my own. I owe a lot to God, the crew, the judges, my fellow contestants, my friends, my family and my fiancé.

I’m not going to lie, I feel pretty blessed! I am keen to keep working hard and cooking up some good times, but for now, I’m going to enjoy this moment.”

This year’s season, filmed across various stages of restrictions in Victoria, has not been without some serious competition from Lego Masters, Farmer Wants a Wife, Celebrity Apprentice and Big Brother (3 of which are from the same producers Endemol Shine Australia), but it continues to delight fans with its delicious food and camaraderie.

10 has a Celebrity MasterChef series due later this year and is already calling for contestants for 2022.

This post updates.

16 Responses

  1. A terrific season filmed under extraordinary circumstances. Justin, Kishwar and Pete all deserved their finale spots and I would have been glad for any of them to have taken the win. It’s also delightful that this show has endured, endeared and evolved while their once biggest competitor show is now fading in our memories. (Though as much as that was an intentional dig at MKR, Manu on Anh’s Brush With Fame the other week was a delight.)

  2. Judging for Pete’s quail dish was so wrong, they present one dish to the judges and on that dish was raw quail, the complete dish should be judged. Jock and Andy’s scores not reflective of that raw quail, even Melissa’s score was high for raw bird. They need to look at this for 2022, in my view Kishwar should have come 2nd.

    1. Seriously, something needs to be looked at with this. Not just for Masterchef, but every prerecorded Australin reality show these days has a clear betting favourite after filming has completed, but before the finale airs. Look right now at Farmer, Beauty and the Geek, and Survivor. All have odds-on favourites, and Survivor hasn’t even started airing yet! Shayna was also a betting favourite for Celebrity Apprentice for months. It’s been going on for years.

        1. Thanks David – I do recall your various articles about this over the years which were very informative. If I remember correctly, I think someone you interviewed basically said you can’t really matchfix reality TV like you can sport – the results are usually already known and the betting mostly happens after the fact.

          It’s just kind of funny to me how no matter how many finales are filmed or how late they film the finale into a season, the result gets “leaked” every single time with full accuracy…

          1. There must be some law against “insider betting”??? … Justin was something like $12 then a few days later after the finale filming came into the ridiculous odds of $1.20

            If a plunge like that happened in an organised sport, there would be investigation launched

  3. Well I did not see that coming…but it has been a great series…I thoroughly enjoyed every minute….No nastiness …just cooking…
    Well done to all involved….👌💖

  4. What a great finale. Did not seem drawn out at all. So happy for Justin, shades of Andy’s win the way he rose through the ranks. Loved the camaraderie of this year’s contestants especially Justin & Pete.
    Well done to the producers for another great season.

  5. What a long and tedious drawn out finale, the first and last time I’ll watch FTA live for a long time. But I am so pleased for Justin, I was wishing Kishwar would win from early on, but happy that Justin took the honor. After Pete’s raw poultry last night, I would not have been happy if he had won.

    1. I agree. I’ve watched most of the show from the start, but a 2 hour pressure cook challenge as the finale was just a bit of a yawn for me over 2 hours, I lost interest and did other stuff. The contestant’s menu should have been the final challenge.

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