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Christine Ha Wins MasterChef: The talked-about blind chef won the finale of MasterChef, winning $250,000 and a cookbook title. [LA Times]
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MasterChef winner: Tom Rhodes crowned 17th champion
Tom Rhodes was crowned champion after cooking a five-course lunch for lockdown heroes and serving up a dish at renowned restaurant Le Gavroche.
The 31-year-old from Newcastle saw off competition from fellow finalists Mike Tomkins and Alexina Anatole.
The final had been postponed following the death of the Duke of Edinburgh on Friday.
The BBC replaced scheduled programming with news coverage about Prince Philip, with EastEnders among the other programmes affected and BBC Four taken off air completely.
However, the scale of content devoted to the 99-year-old duke's death reportedly sparked a large number of complaints.
The rescheduled show saw the final trio fight to impress hosts Gregg Wallace and John Torode with three signature dishes.
But it was Rhodes' Japanese-infused starter, main and dessert which proved victorious, making him the long-running programme's 17th winner.
Complimented for "a style bordering on minimalism" by Wallace, Rhodes served a trio of oysters for the starter, including a beer-battered oyster with a Japanese sour plum mayonnaise.
For Torode, it was Rhodes' main of reverse-seared ribeye steak topped with beetroot pickled in a Japanese seaweed and a wasabi leaf that was "modern" and "really very clever indeed".
His dessert of a lemon tart topped with black olive meringue also received universal praise from the hosts.
"What he's absolutely brilliant at is European-style of cookery, with Japanese flavourings," Wallace said.
Speaking after filming ended, Rhodes said he would one day "love to write a cookbook and have a cookery school".
"During the competition, I have realised my love for developing recipes and cooking for other people outside of my friends and family, so would love to do more of this after the show," he said.
Tom Rhodes' winning menu
- Starter: A trio of oysters. One topped with an apple, cucumber and saké granita, one beer-battered oyster with a Japanese sour plum mayonnaise, and one grilled oyster cooked in miso and seaweed butter, topped with panko breadcrumbs
- Main: Reverse-seared rib-eye steak, topped with beetroot pickled in Japanese seaweed and a wasabi leaf, with salt-baked beetroot cooked in beef fat, wasabi buttermilk and watercress purée. With a sake and bone marrow sauce
- Dessert: Japanese-inspired lemon tart, flavoured with yuzu citrus fruit, topped with black olive meringue and served with olive oil ice cream sprinkled with sea salt flakes
First broadcast in 1990, MasterChef is one of the BBC's longest-running reality series and has inspired the popular spin-off MasterChef: The Professionals.
The latest series was produced under coronavirus restrictions, with many of the series' traditional assignments adjusted to allow for social distancing.
While viewers found out who won last night, Rhodes has had to keep his victory a secret since the end of last year, when filming concluded.
He told BBC Breakfast on Thursday that the only other people who knew the result were his parents who were sworn to secrecy.
"You've seen the clip last night where I rang my mum on screen," he said. "They've found it more difficult to keep secret than I have".
Rhodes said taking the trophy was "a dream come true" and confirmed his further ambitions to become a food writer and maybe even open his own restaurant one day.
He said he was able to practise his winning dish two or three times before the final, but has not cooked it again at home since.
"I'm waiting until I can cook it for somebody and I've got a lot of requests for that so far," he grinned.
When possible though, he plans to celebrate with "a really good pizza" and "maybe a bottle of red".
MasterChef winners: creating a recipe for success
T his time last year Shelina Permalloo was inhabiting what she now calls "this crazy period where you think it's all a dream". She had triumphed in the eighth series of MasterChef, cooking exuberant, Mauritian-themed food that judge Gregg Wallace had memorably described as "sunshine on a plate", but because the final wouldn't screen until three months later, she wasn't allowed to tell a soul.
And so, not quite allowing herself to believe it had really happened, the former project manager shut herself away in her kitchen and cooked. By the time she was revealed as the champion she had written 60 recipes towards what would be her first cookery book, which is published in June. "I knew when the show went live I could then get an agent who could help me with my career. I had already written down everything that I wanted to achieve. I want to do stages [unpaid internships in restaurants], I want to do private dining, I definitely know I want to open a restaurant … I really, really thought about what I was going to achieve from that win."
On Thursday Permalloo's reign as MasterChef champion will come to an end, when the winner of the latest series is revealed, and another ambitious amateur will be launched into the crowded culinary world to battle their way to success as best they can. Will it be Welsh solicitor Larkin, Essex mum of two Saira, East End DJ Natalie, or Dale, the company director from Swansea? Cooking, to quote Wallace's much parodied catchphrase, may not come tougher than MasterChef, but as former champions can testify, whoever wins will face a challenge of a different order, requiring nothing less than Permalloo's level of determination.
The programme's producers may count the current series as its ninth, but next week's winner will in fact be the 20th person to hold the title of MasterChef champion, thanks to an earlier incarnation of the show, hosted by Loyd Grossman, which ran between 1990 and 2001. MasterChef has spawned celebrity, professional and junior spin-offs, and the format has been remade in more than 35 countries, including India, Slovakia and Peru.
But while many of the international versions offer a cash prize for the winner – the 2012 US champion pocketed $250,000 (£158,000) – British amateur cooks sweat over their citrus foams and open raviolis for a curly "m" trophy, pictured, and the glory alone.
For Tim Anderson, a former salesman who was running a pub before he claimed the title in 2011, the fact that there is no X Factor-style promise of instant riches is one of the programme's strengths. "If you start introducing money you start to attract the wrong sort of people," he said. "Everybody who is in MasterChef is just there because they love to cook. And they are not sure what they want to do with that love, but they want to do something more than just make the evening meal."
Even after winning, he wasn't certain he could make a career in cooking, he said. "Maybe I had confidence issues, but after winning I thought, I don't know if this is going to lead to anything. But the cool thing about MasterChef is that you are constantly thrown into situations that are sink or swim. You always think, I can't do this, and then you get to the end and you think, I actually did that." He is hoping to open a Japanese restaurant, Nanban, in east London this summer.
"They are all doing great things," Karen Ross, the series's creative director, said of the past winners, "but sometimes it takes them a while to get there. I remember saying to Dhruv [Baker, the 2010 winner] when he won, in five months you will be sitting in your pants watching daytime telly and feeling depressed, because it's not going to happen overnight. But it's going to happen." Baker, who still plans to open a restaurant, says on his website he is "currently embarking on the exciting journey of making my passion my career".
The role model for all previous winners is Thomasina Miers, the 2005 champion, whose Mexican restaurant Wahaca has now grown into a small chain. Mat Follas, the series five winner, opened the Wild Garlic in Beaminster, Dorset, the year he won, while viewers of this series saw former finalist Alex Rushmer returning as a mentor at his Cambridgeshire gastropub the Hole in the Wall. Permalloo has plans for a Mauritian-themed restaurant to open in London next year.
"I'm a Kiwi, and sometimes I think it would have been nice to win in New Zealand, where you get a car and a book deal," says Follas. "But I'm not sure if I had that I wouldn't have lived off it for a couple of years, and never got round to running the restaurant." Instead, having the advantage of business experience, "I just got on with it."
Despite the hard-earned reputation of his restaurant, however, it's a difficult business, MasterChef winner or not. "We've had a very tough year and I'm currently in the process of moving the restaurant, because if we stayed where we were we would be bust."
"What Masterchef does is to give you an opportunity to find out whether you want to be a chef, and then it opens doors for you," says Ross. "We genuinely want these people to do well what we provide is to give them an opportunity to try out the extremes of what they can be. It's someone saying to you: 'You can cook anything you want — just go for it.'"
A frightening health scare changed the life of MasterChef's Joe Bastianich
Joe Bastianich was just in his 30s when he received a medical diagnosis that spurred him to give his lifestyle a complete overhaul. He told Epicurious, "Food was always the main focus of what we did." While that may seem like a delicious way to live, he experienced the downside of his food-centric way of life when he was was diagnosed with sleep apnea, high cholesterol, and high blood pressure.
His doctor advised him to eat less, exercise more, and start taking medications (which he no longer needs). He did, and the result was a whopping 50-pound weight loss and a new outlook. "When I stopped looking at food as a reward or a celebration and began looking at food as energy to fuel my athletic ambitions, that really kind of changed the whole world for me," he said. "That was the real aha! moment."
This philosophy also bled into his restaurant business by leading him to offer healthier alternatives along with the old standbys. "That's been a big thing for me: allowing people to make healthy choices in our restaurants, as well as training the staff to be responsive to people with dietary issues," he explained.
Masterchef finalist Dev Griffin admits trying to CHEAT in BBC show by smuggling his phone in to research recipes
Dev Griffin, 36, appeared on MasterChef in 2017 and made it as a finalist alongside Ulrika Jonsson and eventual winner, Angellica Bell.
However, the radio presenter admitted thought the much-loved cooking show was “fake” and could cheat by looking up recipes.
In Saturday’s episode on Ainsley’s Food We Love, guest Dev Griffin told Ainsley he got into cooking in the past few years.
Talking about his MasterChef appearance in 2017, Dev said is it was an “incredible” experience.
But he also admitted: “I thought they would fake a lot of stuff for the telly.”
Talking about one of his first challenges, he explained how they provided a lot of “random” ingredients and no instructions or recipe.
The Hackney-born DJ thought he could “look up a recipe on my phone” once the cameras “cut”.
He added: “You’re not allowed to bring your phone into the studio.”
But Dev was tempted to smuggle his phone in and look up recipes even though he wasn't allowed.
The former Strictly Come Dancing contestant said Masterchef was “one of the most stressful situations I’ve ever tried to cook in.”
Dev swapped the spinning decks for the famous dancefloor on Strictly in 2019.
Unfortunately, his time on the show was cut short as the pair were eliminated in week 3.
Speaking about his time on the show he said: "I'm not gonna lie I am absolutely gutted.
40 Rules You Didn't Know 'MasterChef' Contestants Have To Follow
Think you have what it takes to make it in the MasterChef kitchen? After 10 seasons of the reality cooking competition, we're diving into what truly goes on behind-the-scenes. From 12-hour days to a strict no recipe policy, we've rounded up the juiciest, most surprising rules that even the show's biggest fans probably don't know.
All applicants must be 18 or older. If you don't meet the age requirement, you can always apply for MasterChef Junior.
Since its conception, MasterChef has inspired franchises all around the world. However, to compete on the U.S. version of the show, you must be a legal citizen or permanent resident of the United States.
Sorry, if you're a professional chef or your income comes from cooking or preparing food, you're not allowed to compete.
Aside from some pre-registration online, it's relatively easy to attend an open casting call for MasterChef. You just have to prepare your best dish and bring it in to be sampled by a panel of expert chefs. Piece of cake.
Gordon Ramsay doesn't attend the open calls, but the panel of judges includes people who could give him a run for his money. "The chefs were tasting food and also critiquing, so people were getting critiqued on the spot which was not something I had expected. Then, on top of that, you're also talking to producers who wanna know what your personality is like," former contestant Elise Mayfield told AV Club.
Making sure your dish is the proper temperature before it's served is up to you. Mayfield told AV Club her trick: "So I came in with two insulated lunch bags. One of them was an aluminum foil takeout container and I had a sock&mdasha clean sock!&mdashfull of rice that I had heated up in the microwave, along with these glove warmer things so I had that and a heated bag of rice in the insulated lunch bag."
After your audition, the casting department and producers can take a long time to make their final decisions on the cast. According to Mayfield from season five, it took four months before she got a final decision from production.
Filming for MasterChef takes place in Los Angeles. If you make it to the competition round of the show, that means packing up your knives and heading out west.
Although casting takes months, once you hear back from production, you don&rsquot have a lot of time to get to LA. One season five competitor had just 10 days to pack for Los Angeles after learning she made it on the show.
About 100 applicants make the journey out to Los Angeles and are put up in a hotel by production. After they arrive, there's one more round of auditions and 70 people are sent home. "I was basically told, 'This is not a guarantee that you're on the show, this is not a guarantee you're going to meet the judges, this is a not guarantee of anything. It's just the final audition,'" Mayfield once said.
During the last round of auditions, each prospective contestant has to meet with production's psychologist for a formal evaluation. According to former contestant Jessie Glenn, you are never showed the results, so it's unclear what they are looking for in the evaluation.
Contestants are also required to meet with a private investigator who will perform a background check on you. The investigative meeting felt "invasive," one former contestant said.
When contestants journey to Los Angeles, they have to plan as if they will be gone for the entirety of filming. Producers tell them to pack as if they&rsquoll be gone for a few months and most quit their jobs for the show, while some are lucky enough to just take a leave of absence. "For me, I was really lucky because I was able to keep my job," Mayfield said: "A lot of people really quit their jobs to go to that show,"
Most of the show&rsquos behind-the-scenes secrets will remain secret, as the contestants are required to sign NDAs before officially joining the show. However, there's one contestant who didn't sign the show's tightly bound contract: season three's Jessie Glenn. According to Healthline, Glenn began asking questions when she received the contract and the show didn&rsquot notice she hadn&rsquot signed it until after she was eliminated.
Contestants on the show are put up in a hotel for the duration of filming. Additionally, their transportation and food expenses are paid for by the show.
MasterChef judge Jock Zonfrillo shares his incredible mac and cheese recipe
The MasterChef judge has revealed his very special mac and cheese recipe – and his secret for making it extra delicious.
MasterChef judge Jock Zonfrillo has revealed the secret to the perfect mac and cheese sauce.
MasterChef judge Jock Zonfrillo has revealed the secret to the perfect mac and cheese sauce.
Jock reveals perfect cheese and mac sauce. Picture: Channel 10 Source:Channel 10
It’s a staple most of us have in our pantry ready to whip out whenever we need to dish up some comfort food.
But if a packet mix mac and cheese isn’t quite cutting it anymore, then MasterChef judge Jock Zonfrillo has the recipe for you.
The TV chef shared during a cooking masterclass with the show’s contestants how to make the perfect mac and cheese sauce – and the key is that more is definitely more.
“I love macaroni and cheese, so I’ve spent a long time trying to work out what the best possible cheeses are in your cheese sauce,” Jock said.
It’s all about the cheeses – four of them to be exact. Picture: Channel 10 Source:Channel 10
Rather than using just one type of cheese, he recommended four different types to get the perfect cheesy mixture.
“We have blue cheese, like really soft creamy blue cheese right, so you can use gorgonzola dolcelatte,” Jock said.
“Then we’ve got Tallegio, Tallegio is like a washing rind Italian cheese, soft, beautiful. And then we’ve got a smoked cheddar cheese and then Fontina.”
Mixing these four cheese together would result in the best mac and cheese sauce imaginable.
You sexy thing. Picture: Channel 10 Source:Channel 10
“Those are the best four cheese in combination to use for a cheese sauce, categorically,” Jock said.
“There is no better, that’s a fact, take it to the bank.”
Jock shared his mac and cheese sauce recipe for his pimped-out triple hog corn ’n’ cheese dish, which you can find in full here if you’re wanting to try a more OTT mac and cheese.
Otherwise, here’s Jock’s recipe for the best mac and cheese sauce out there – and after two plus months in lockdown, it’s time to put down the packet cheese mix.
MasterChef judge Jock Zonfrillo. Picture: Channel 10 Source:Channel 10
JOCK’S PERFECT MAC AND CHEESE SAUCE
60g unsalted butter, diced
130g creamy blue cheese, diced
130g sharp aged smoked cheddar, coarsely grated
130g Fontina, coarsely grated
130g Taleggio, coarsely grated
Cracked white pepper, to season
1. Bring milk to a simmer in a medium saucepan over a high heat.
2. On a medium heat, melt butter in a medium saucepan.
3. Remove the pan and add in flour, whisking to mix well. Then return the pan to the heat again and cook for another minute.
4. Next slowly add the heated milk in a large ladleful at a time, whisking the mixture smooth after each time you add. Return the saucepan to a high heat and bring the mixture to a simmer. Then reduce the heat to medium and simmer for a further two minutes, or until it starts to thicken.
5. Next add the cheeses and simmer the sauce for a further four to five minutes or until the mixture melts. Whisk the mixture as needed and add salt and pepper to season.
6. Pass the sauce through a fine strainer into a clean saucepan and keep warm over low heat until you’re ready to mix with your macaroni and serve up.
Speaking about his plans after winning the show, Thomas explained he would love to secure work experience in a kitchen before opening a gastropub of his own.
But after being furloughed from his banking job, he added his plans may have to be put on hold.
He told The Times: 'The restaurant trade has been quite badly hit so even when the lockdown comes to an end it's going to take a while for chefs to get their kitchens back up to speed.'
Amazing: The banking and finance professional from Tooting watched his victory play out on-screen on Friday, after wowing judges John Torode and Gregg Wallace
Praised: Thomas (pictured right with finalists David Rickett and Sandy Tang) said he hopes to land work experience in professional restaurants after his win
Delicious: Thomas won over the judges with his take on classic pub dishes, after growing up in East London
Thomas started cooking at the age of seven but said it was not until he was 21 that he began 'properly' getting into it.
He said: 'My real appreciation for food started after travels to Greece and Spain, experiencing the Mediterranean diet for the first time.
'I love to understand why and how ingredients are cultivated where they are, the people that farm them and the origin of recipes. That's why I love the classics amplified and done well.'
Thomas won over judges John Torode and Gregg Wallace with his incredible version of pub favourites, with a starter of monkfish scampi with pickled fennel, gherkins, onions and tartar sauce.
For his main course he opted for ox cheek braised in black treacle, with crispy onions, shredded vegetables and horseradish mash.
Sensational: Speaking after his victory, Thomas said winning the series 'blew his mind,' and described it as a 'dream come true'
He then topped of his incredible meal with a salted caramel custard tart with orange zest, toffee popcorn and a popcorn ice cream.
The mixture of flavours and choosing to stick to dishes he would want to eat himself, proved to be the ideal combination, and Thomas was awarded the MasterChef trophy.
Speaking after the victory he said: 'Honestly, it's a dream come true. It's been immense and the best thing I've ever done in my life.
'I can't see me not working in food for the rest of my life because it just makes me happy seeing other people happy with it.'
Yummy: Thomas won over the judges with his take on classic pub food, with monkfish scampi, ox cheek and mash and a salted caramel tart (pictured on the show)
John added: 'Thomas is a real talent and his food has always been about putting a smile on your face. I admire Thomas' work ethic, he's a grafter.
'He's able to take a classic and deliver it with real style and finesse. That's the gift of a great cook. He knows exactly the direction he wants to go in and, for me, his food today tasted fantastic.'
Gregg added: 'Thomas has a definitive style. He takes the ordinary and make it extraordinary. I really admire Thomas. He wants to take all the foods that he grew up with and make them better.
'He has delighted me all the way through the competition and today I think his three courses were just exceptional. They had his heart and his soul in every single forkful.'
Sadly this meant fellow finalists David Rickett, 31, and Sandy Tang, 24, lost out on winning the trophy, despite producing equally impressive three course meals.
Battling it out: Sadly this meant fellow finalists David Rickett, 31, (left) and Sandy Tang, 24, lost out on winning the trophy, despite producing equally impressive three course meals
Despite winning the show, Thomas recently revealed that he is yet to receive the MasterChef 2020 trophy due to the coronavirus lockdown.
He explained: 'The trophy is still in lockdown because of the whole social distancing and quarantining in the UK.
'The crew can't actually get to it to be able to courier it to me.
'I have touched it once for some press photographs before Christmas and then I haven't touched it or seen it since then. I think it's going to be a few more weeks before it ends up on the bookshelf.
'It itself is in quarantine. I will see it once life starts to return to normal.'
Battling it out: The finale once again saw the finalists create a three course dinner. The series was filmed months ahead of the coronavirus pandemic
MasterChef final champion responds to win: ‘It’s a dream come true’
Tom Rhodes has been named MasterChef 2021’s winner.
The 31-year-old chef from Newcastle beat finalists Mike Tomkins, 27, and Alexina Anatole, 30, after cooking a five-course meal for hospitality sector workers at Plaisterers’ Hall in London and serving a spectacular dish for Michel Roux Jr’s famous fine-dining restaurant Le Gavroche.
The winner took to Twitter to respond to his win. He wrote: “An incredible end to the absolute experience of a lifetime! I’ve got so much more to say but I’m going to leave that till tomorrow and let it all sink in for now.
“For now, I’ll just say thank you to everyone that made the show possible and thank you to everyone who followed along, supported me and the other contestants and sent the most wonderful and kind messages.”
The final was originally due to air on Friday but was postponed following the death of Prince Philip. The BBC replaced scheduled programming with news coverage about the Queen’s husband, which received approximately 100,000 complaints.
Rhodes was a Nando’s front-of-house restaurant manager, who said that winning MasterChef is a “dream come true”.
“I entered last year because with lockdown it kind of really put into perspective and allowed me some time to think what I really wanted to do,” Rhodes said.
He added: “Being this year’s MasterChef Champion, after watching and admiring so many past Champions, seems like a dream come true.
“I’m grateful that I met, got to know, and cook alongside some of the most wonderful and talented people, and have found friends for life in them.
“I’ll also never forget and can’t be more thankful to all the friendly, hard-working, fantastic people, that make MasterChef such a special show.
“I feel this is just the start, and I’m excited for what comes next.”
The winner’s menu consisted of a trio of beer-battered oysters, baked beetroot cooked in beef fat, a reverse-seared ribeye steak with a kombu-pickled beetroot in a Japanese seaweed, and a wasabi leaf.
One of the hosts, Gregg Wallace, said: “What he’s absolutely brilliant at is European-style of cookery, with Japanese flavourings.”
Rhodes finished his winning menu with his own version of a lemon tart topped with black olive meringue.
A fan wrote on Twitter: “Absolute worthy winner. Congratulations Tom Rhodes.”
A previous Master Chef contestant Mike Rowe also wrote on Twitter: “What a final of Masterchef! Well done to all involved! Alexina, Mike and Tom- absolute geniuses of food. Couldn’t be prouder to have shared a series with you.”
Another fan wrote: “Delighted that Tom Rhodes won Master Chef Final 2021, he was my favourite all along! Well deserved, I hope I get the chance to eat his food one day.”
During a backstage interview, Rhode said: “During the competition, I have realised my love for developing recipes and cooking for other people outside of my friends and family, so would love to do more of this after the show.
“Having seen what past champions have done, it’s really exciting to think of the possibilities that are out there.”
Rhodes added that he is “very hopeful” about the future of the hospitality industry despite the issues caused by the pandemic.
“I know certainly myself I can’t wait to get back to restaurants with friends and family and I think a lot of people feel like that,” said the 17th winner of Master Chef.
MasterChef winner Tom Rhodes finally announced after delay due to Prince Philip's death
MasterChef fans finally found out who had won the show on Wednesday evening after the final had been pushed back due to Prince Philip&aposs death.
The final episode was due to air on Friday 9 March on BBC One, but was cancelled after it was announced that the Duke of Edinburgh had passed away that morning at Windsor Castle.
However, on Wednesday Tom Rhodes was crowned MasterChef winner for the 2021 series and said he hopes to release his very own cookbook in the near future.
The 31-year-old from Manchester was in the final alongside Mike Tomkins, 27 and Alexina Anatole, 30 - and was announced as the 17th winner by judges John Torode and Gregg Wallace.
Speaking after his win, Tom said: "From beginning to end, MasterChef is the most incredible experience. Being this year’s MasterChef Champion, after watching and admiring so many past Champions, seems like a dream come true.
"I’m grateful that I met, got to know and cook alongside some of the most wonderful and talented people, and have found friends for life in them. I’ll also never forget and can’t be more thankful to all the friendly, hard working, fantastic people, that make MasterChef such a special show.
"I feel this is just the start, and I’m excited for what comes next," Tom added.
MasterChef judge, John said of the winner: “Tom walked into this kitchen and surprised us. He has defined himself a style all of his own and it’s fantastic. His food is delicious and it looks beautiful. As an amateur chef what he is doing is really impressive.”
Fellow judge Gregg added: "I love this fella. He has delivered some of the most beautiful, elegant dishes I have seen in this competition for a long while. He is a phenomenal talent and the sky’s the limit for him."
Tom’s winning menu consisted of a trio of oysters, a reverse seared rib-eye steak, topped with kombu pickled beetroot, baked beetroot cooked in beef fat, wasabi buttermilk and a watercress puree served with sake and bone marrow sauce and and his version of a lemon tart.
Tom, who has loved being in the kitchen since he was just four-years-old, is now hoping to follow in the footsteps of Nigella Lawson and release his very own cookbook.
"When I was younger, I watched a lot of Nigella Lawson and Nigel Slater," Tom revealed.
"I have met Nigella Lawson and have a signed copy of How to Eat, which has a special place in my growing collection of over 300 cookbooks.
"One day I would love to write a cookbook and have a cookery school.
"During the competition, I have realised my love for developing recipes and cooking for other people outside of my friends and family, so would love to do more of this after the show," Tom added.