BANK manager and father of two, Kenny Tutt, 36, has been crowned MasterChef 2018 Champion, it was announced today, becoming the fourteenth amateur cook to claim the title.
Facing competition from 55 other determined contestants, through seven gruelling weeks of culinary challenges and a close final cook-off, Kenny was awarded the MasterChef 2018 trophy by judges John Torode and Gregg Wallace.
Kenny said: “It is a really special day. I have learnt so much and I couldn’t appreciate it any more.
“Today was 100 per cent my best cooking in the entire competition everything just fell into place.
“I am just blown away. I have put my heart and soul into it and it’s been an absolute pleasure.
“It’s up there with the happiest days of my life!”
John Torode said: “I think Kenny’s journey has been extraordinary. He has come a long way.
“His food has got more and more refined and his main course was make-my-heart-thump fantastic!”
On his winning menu, John added: “Every single thing he cooked he poured his heart into. He nailed it.”
Gregg Wallace said: “Today we watched Kenny coming of age. We have just witnessed Kenny having his best round on MasterChef and he saved it for the final.
“His starter was a stunningly beautiful dish, it was quality restaurant-style perfection and his main course was even better.”
He added: “Kenny turned this competition on its head. What a brilliant champion.”
Ahead of Gregg announcing the winner, John said: “This has been a very special competition and you three have become three very special cooks.
“For me it has been an absolute privilege to watch you grow, to change and to taste your food. You three care.”