Dom Stroud reviews the result…
Just as predicted by my incredibly scientific rating system yesterday, Natalie Coleman has emerged the victor of MasterChef 2013.
Last night, she served John and Gregg a winning three-course meal. A starter of lobster tail accompanied by compressed fennel, a fennel purée and fennel shavings, dressed with an orange gel, a beurre blanc and lobster oil made Gregg jig with joy.
For mains, Natalie presented a roast pork belly, pork tenderloin and a black pudding quail scotch egg served with pomme purée, caramelised shallots, and two sauces: an apple sauce and honey mustard. On this, Mr Torode commented ‘people wonder why after a series of MasterChef I get fat. Well when I’m served food like that, there’s very good reason.’ And then, ‘yee-ha’.
The pudding king was well served by dessert and, after his tasting of the vanilla chocolate pannacotta topped with a tempered bitter chocolate tuille and served with caramelised pears and a trio of hazelnut crumble biscuits, he continued to cheerily lick his spoon while John delivered his own happy review.
So what did Natalie have to say about her performance?
‘I was really happy ‘cause I said at the beginning I didn’t want them moaning at me today, so, uh, they said some really nice things.’
‘It’s just like a fairy tale really innit? The girl from Hackney did good.’