Rhys Badcock has been crowned the inaugural winner of Australia’s MasterChef: The Professionals. The announcement was made at the end of last night’s grand finale episode. The 29-year-old head chef, who splits his time between Byron Bay and Broome, beat his fellow grand finalists Sarah Knights and Rhett Willis to the title, $200,000 cash and a trip around the world that will give him the opportunity to cook in some of the best kitchens.
The winner was decided after three intense rounds. In round one, Momofuku chef/founder David Chang shaped the Reinvention Test when the contestants had to choose three of his favourite ingredients to create a dish with — a random knife draw meant their ingredients were miso, eggs and chicken. Hosts and judges Matt Preston and Marco Pierre White weren’t overly impressed with the dishes they were presented with, but they loved Rhett’s presentation and gave him the early lead.
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