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.