Angellica Bell has been crowned Celebrity Masterchef 2017 Champion.
“I’m overwhelmed to become this year’s Celebrity MasterChef Champion – it has been one of the most stressful yet rewarding experiences I’ve ever been through! I didn’t realise just how passionate I was about food and how much I thrived on learning more. When John and Gregg announced my name, I was beyond thrilled and I want to thank them and the show for allowing me to have this experience.” – Angellica Bell
The television and radio presenter triumphed over Ulrika Johnson and Dev Griffin in this year’s final.
The series of final challenges included: surviving John Torode’s highly complex Palate Test; producing a two-course menu for the infamous restaurant critics; and one of the most daunting challenges of the competition – The Chef’s Table. The latter saw them cook a Michelin-star standard three-course meal for some of the country’s top culinary talent under the guidance of Michelin starred chef Jason Atherton.
Their final task was to cook and present a faultless three-course meal for judges John Torode and Gregg Wallace in two-and-a-half hours.
Angellica’s winning menu consisted of a starter of Camembert, fig and onion tart, a main of Pan-fried halibut and king prawns with a creamy vermouth sauce, and a dessert of Pear Bourdaloue, which Gregg said was ‘one of the best desserts I have ever tasted’, and John called ‘perfect in every way, shape and form’.
“There have been some incredible moments. It is those moments where you just say ‘wow’ – they will stay with me forever.” – Angellica Bell
Angellica joins names such as Kimberley Wyatt, Sophie Thompson and Lisa Faulkner in getting her hands on a Masterchef trophy after emerging victorious on the showbiz variant of the popular beeb-aired cooking competition.