Where are they now?
There have been 6 amazing MasterChef champions so far, here’s a quick catch up on what they’re up to now:
2005 Winner – Thomasina Miers
Thomasina Miers was John and Gregg’s first winner and she had immediately impressed them with her incredible palate and ability to make unusual ingredient pairings taste divine.
Her love has always been Mexican food, and in particular street food and after winning she set about opening her own restaurant, Wahaca. It is now an award winning chain of restaurants with her fourth site due to open soon. She has also just published another book: Mexican Food Made Simple and regularly writes for the national newspapers.
2006 Winner – Peter Bayless
Peter wowed John and Gregg with his stunning mastery of French classical cooking and it’s a passion that remains to this day. He now divides his time between France and England, and works as a private chef as well as lecturer and does cooking demos – and says he’s never been happier.
2007 winner - Steven Wallis
Steven had a incredibly glamorous and successful career in fashion consulting which he has given up to pursue his love of food and cooking. On the show his unique style and understanding of modern food and flavours won through and he took the crown.
Since winning, he dedicates his time to travelling and writes a blog called The Urban Foodie – http://theurbanfoodie.blogspot.com/
He now lives and works in London as a private chef and flavour consultant for individuals and businesses in the UK and Europe. Excitingly he is looking to open his own restaurant in the near future, so watch this space.
2008 winner - James Nathan
James Nathan was a fully qualified barri ster when he decided that he was more suited to the Pass than the Bar and jacked it in to enter the show. With his almost unfailingly calm nature and clean crisp flavours he was a viewer favourite and a big hit with John and Gregg too.
Since the show he has worked with some of the biggest names in the food business, including Michel Roux Jr, Angela Hartnett, Richard Corrigan and at the Bath Priory, the Michelin-starred restaurant in Bath under the guidance of Michael Caines. As a surfer boy his real passion has always been seafood and he currently works at Rick Stein's seafood restaurant in Padstow, Cornwall.
2009 Winner - Mat Follas
Mat worked in engineering and IT before he was crowned MasterChef champion – which he won with his incredibly original food, with an emphasis on foraged ingredients. Within a year of winning he opened his restaurant The Wild Garlic in Beauminster which serves foraged, farmed or hunted ingredients which are, according to the restaurant's website, "naturally delicious". It has just gained its first AA Rosette and was named one of the top 20 restaurants in the country by The Telegraph.
2010 Winner - Dhruv Baker
Since being crowned winner of BBC One's MasterChef 2010, Dhruv, 34, has been concentrating on increasing his experience by working stages in Michelin starred restaurants. Michel Roux Jr at Le Gavroche, Jonnie Beer at De Librije in Holland, Tom Kitchin at The Kitchin in Edinburgh, Atul Kochhar at Benares and Helene Darroze at The Connaught have all welcomed Dhruv into their kitchens to help him build his knowledge and his restaurant is due to open later in the year.
He has also been focusing on private dining experiences for numerous clients and has been recently been signed as the face of Waitrose Weekend LIVE, you can read his online column every week form the end of April.