Shelina Permalloo was crowned winner of last night's gripping final. But what are the previous winners now up to?


MasterChef is one of our favourite shows and we’ve been hooked since the current format hit our screens in 2005.

Seeing the MasterChef winner announced is always emotional. We wanted to know what’s happened to the champions of the biggest food-based show on TV – and we’re sure you do, too.

Gregg Wallace and John Torode continue to reign as loveable yet firm presenters and judges.

Thomasina Miers was the first MasterChef winner in 2005.

She’s now a food writer, television chef and runs several branches of her own restaurant Wahaca in London.

Peter Bayless was crowned the 2006 winner. He’s an accomplished writer, with his memoir My Father Could Only Boil Cornflakes being published shortly after his win. He is also a food lecturer and demonstrator.

Steven Wallis was the judge’s favourite on MasterChef 2007. He travelled the world after winning and has since become a food writer, private chef and flavour consultant.

James Nathan won MasterChef 2008. He’s worked for several big names in the cooking industry, including Richard Corrigan. He currently works as a chef at Rick Stein’s seafood restaurant in Cornwall.

Mat Follas was 2009 champion. He now runs restaurant The Wild Garlic in Dorset.

Dhruv Baker was crowned MasterChef winner in 2010. He went on to work with Michel Roux Jr in restaurant Le Gavroche and was later a chef at eatery De Librije. Dhruv now cooks for private events and wants to open his own restaurant.

Tim Anderson became the youngest ever winner of MasterChef in 2011.

He worked at Heston Blumenthal’s restaurant The Fat Duck but later decided to go into the beer industry. He now manages The Euston Tap pub in London.

Shelina Permalloo is the latest MasterChef winner. Judges John Torode and Gregg Wallace say she ‘brings sunshine to a plate’ and is a ‘very special cook.’