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 Gary Mehigan, Winner Emma Dean, George Calombaris and Matt Preston.

Gary Mehigan, Winner Emma Dean, George Calombaris and Matt Preston.

Emma Dean has been crowned winner of MasterChef Australia 2013, outscoring fellow contestants Lynton Tapp and Samira El Khafir, in a nail-biting finale that took the cooks on a culinary rollercoaster testing just how far they had come on their Masterchef Australia journey.

With a score of 85 points over three rounds, Emma was awarded the title, just four points ahead of Lynton on 81 points.  She takes home a $100,000 cash prize, an Alfa Romeo Giulietta, a New Holland publishing book deal and the opportunity to work in the kitchens of some of Australia’s best chefs.

Emma said the win was a surreal feeling: “I just can’t believe it. It really hasn’t sunk in yet. The whole experience feels like a dream, what a rollercoaster! I’m really privileged to have been able to share this with Lynton, who’s become a wonderful friend. I can’t wait to head out into the food world and make this restaurant a reality.”

Runner-up Lynton, said he was truly happy for Emma, whom he has forged a close friendship with. He has already started working on his food dream and has already commenced work experience in some great kitchens. 

Lynton said: “I’m proud of how much I grew throughout the competition. Emma’s a deserving winner, she’s a great cook and I know she’ll succeed at whatever she does next. I’m looking forward to getting some hands on experience in kitchens across Melbourne.  I just want to learn as much as I can from the amazing chefs we’ve been exposed to on MasterChef”.

Lynton and Samira both receive American Express cash grants of $20,000 and $10,000, to help them realise their potential and follow their food dreams.

A delighted Emma has already purchased a second-hand commercial kitchen and is now looking for a space to open up her own restaurant with her boyfriend, Dan.