MasterChef winners: Where are they now?

25 March 2020, 17:37 | Updated: 29 January 2021, 11:20

MasterChef 2020 is back on the BBC for its 16th series
MasterChef 2020 is back on the BBC for its 16th series. Picture: Getty

By Giorgina Ramazzotti

As we continue the 16th series of MasterChef, we take a look back at the previous winners from the last 10 years if they are still cooking and where they are now.

  1. Irini Tzortzoglou: MasterChef Winner 2019

    Greek born Irini is still cooking up a storm in the kitchen since her win on MasterChef last year.

    She recently appeared on an episode of the show as a food critic, regularly cooks at her local Cumbrian food festival and has a book coming out in June, phew!

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    Her cookbook Under the Olive Tree is available to pre-order now for release on July 23, 2020.

  2. Kenny Tutt: MasterChef Winner 2018

    Sussex-boy Kenny opened his first restaurant last year, Pitch, in Worthing where he lives with his wife and daughters.

    The 37-year-old, who comes from a family of food traders and has cooking in his blood, says his new restaurant pays homage to the local area.

    β€œ[It's] somewhere people can relax and feel comfortable in an atmosphere that still feels special, without that stiff upper lip attitude,' he says.

  3. Saliha Mahmood-Ahmed: MasterChef Winner 2017

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    ANNOUNCEMENT: as many of you know my full time career before embarking on the amazing journey that was MasterChef, was of course Medicine. I am now proud to say that despite 2.5 years passing since the competition, I still continue to work as a Specialist Registrar in Gastroenterology. . Juggling a cookery/ food career with NHS work and a family can be, and indeed has been very tricky. But I feel extremely privileged to have two career paths running simultaneously. Having spoken to lots of you, I am often asked if I can use my medical expertise to help with your day to day cooking. I have not done much of this before, but have loads and loads of ideas for healthy, nutritionally balanced recipes which actually have a scientific basis behind them! . This year, I am looking forward to sharing them with you, alongside some fantastic collaborations, events and more.... keep you eyes peeled for some exciting announcements in the future. Hope you guys really enjoy what I have in store for you πŸ‘πŸ‘πŸ‘πŸ‘ Photo Credit @manjitriyat πŸ“Έ

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    Winning over the judges with her Kashmiri inspired menu in 2017, Saliha stormed to victory on MasterChef in 2017.

    She has since returned to work in her original profession as a doctor specialising in Gastroenterology at Watford General Hospital, but not without some culinary adventures along the way.

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    Saliha has hosted her own cookery classes at the Seasoned Cookery School, worked with Michelin Star chef Atul Kochar and has released her own cookbook, Khazana, earlier this year.

  4. Jane Devonshire: MasterChef Winner 2016

    Since winning MasterChef, Jane has done an incredible job of using her public platform to draw attention to coeliac disease.

    With her son Ben a sufferer, Jane wrote a cookbook, Hassle Free Gluten Free, which has since been endorsed by Coeliac UK.

    She has also worked with renowned chefs including Marcus Wareing and Michel Roux.

  5. Simon Wood: MasterChef Winner 2015

    Since winning the prestigious MasterChef trophy in 2015, Simon Wood has been busy making a name for himself.

    Simon now owns three restaurants in Manchester, Chester and Cheltenham and he released a cookbook in 2016.

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  6. Ping Coombes: MasterChef Winner 2014

    Malaysian born Ping has made it her mission to champion Malaysian cuisine.

    Since winning the competition in 2014 she has become Malyasian Kitchen Ambassador and has given talks about Malaysian food at the World Economic Forum in Davos.

    She released her much anticipated cookbook Malaysia: Recipes from a Family Kitchen in 2017.

  7. Natalie Coleman: MasterChef Winner 2013

    Since winning MasterChef in 2013, techno DJ Natalie has become something of an advocate of good food for children.

    She teaches cookery classes both at school and in the school holidays and children's cooking aside, she's also cooked at renowned restaurants including Le Gavroche and Hand & Flowers.

    She released her debut cookbook Winning Recipes: For Everyday in 2014.

  8. Shelina Permalloo: MasterChef Winner 2012

    Since winning MasterChef in 2012, Shelina has been incredibly busy.

    She opened her first restaurant Lakaz Maman in Bedford, Southampton in 2016 and has worked at Michelin restaurants including Nahm and Benares and 1 Lombard Street.

    Shelina has written two cookbooks, both based on her home country of Mauritius - Sunshine on a Plate and The Sunshine Diet.

  9. Tim Anderson: MasterChef Winner 2011

    Since winning the show, Tim has gone on to have a varied career as a food writer, chef and consultant.

    Having worked from big companies including Google and Unilever, Tim is also a regular guest on Jamie Oliver's Food Tube and Drinks Tube.

    Tim has also written a book Nanban: Japanese Soul Food and has opened a restaurant with the same name in the heart of Brixton, London.

  10. Dhruv Baker: MasterChef Winner 2010

    Since winning MasterChef ten years ago in 2010, Dhruv has followed his culinary dreams.

    Opening his first restaurant, The Jolly Gardeners, in Earlsfield London in 2014, Dhruv has also worked at prestigious restaurants including Le Gavroche and Helene Darroze at the Connaught.

    Dhruv released his own cookbook, Spice: Layers of Flavour, in 2014 and is currently hosting his own cooking TV show Croatia's Finest on the National Geographic Channel.