AFTER eight weeks of intense heat, MasterChef crowned its winner.
The 19th series of the hit BBC One show started with 45 home cooks but only one of them took the crown.
Chariya Khattiyot was crowned the winner of MasterChef 2023[/caption]
Who won MasterChef 2023?
MasterChef 2023 launched on BBC One on April 10, 2023 and ended with the crowning of a winner on June 1, 2023.
Judges Gregg Wallace and John Torode returned to heat up the nineteenth season of the BBC’s popular culinary competition.
In the final episode of the series, Chariya Khattiyot won the 2023 series, taking home the prestigious title and trophy.
The Hampshire-based chef battled stiff competition from Anurag Aggarwal and Omar Foster to become the champion.
After her win, Chariya said: “This is incredible. To me it means the world, the sun, the moon and everything. I don’t think anything can top that. I’m so happy!
“It just goes to prove that if you dream something, work really hard and never give up, you can achieve it.
“That’s what my grandpa said to me: never give up. He would be so proud of me!”
Judge John Torode said, “Chariya’s food has always been honest and heartfelt.” It’s always exciting, it’s always unusual, and it’s always beautiful and addictive.
“And not only the punchy, exciting Thai flavors we saw at the beginning, but also the extraordinary, innovative and exciting engineering throughout the game. A real master.”
Co-juror Gregg Wallace echoed his praise: “Chariya is outstanding and one of the best MasterChef candidates I can remember.
“Chariya thrilled and amazed me in equal measure.
“Some of her creations are absolutely beautiful – almost with an artistic touch.
“She is one of the most creative and skillful cooks I’ve seen at MasterChef in a long time.”
Who competed in the MasterChef 2023 finals?
Anuragi impressed the jury with his passion for Asian cuisine[/caption]
Anurag is an accountant living in Essex but originally from India.
He is married with two children and all live in the countryside near Basildon.
Anurag has been a constant competitor throughout the series.
He has a passion for Asian cuisine which showed in the amazing dishes he prepared throughout the show.
Speaking about making it to the MasterChef 2023 finals, he previously told the BBC: “I’m so happy to make it to the finals!”
“I see MasterChef as the perfect platform to express my love of cooking and what could be better than getting the opportunity to cook for the British Consul General in Turkey?!”
He added, “I previously worked in London for an insurance company in the city, but since filming MasterChef I’ve decided to take a break from business and make food my full-time job.”
Chariya won MasterChef 2023[/caption]
The Hampshire master coffee maker Chariya originally comes from Northern Thailand.
She won the nineteenth season of Masterchef, an emotional victory that brought both judges to tears by the end of the show.
At MasterChef, she impressed the jury with her Thai cuisine, which secured her a place in the final.
Speaking about being one of the three finalists, she previously said: “I’m really excited to reach the finals, especially considering the incredibly high level of the other chefs, but I’m determined to stay focused and do my best give.”
She added, “After MasterChef, I hope there are opportunities to work with food and I’m interested in gaining experience and turning that love of cooking into a career.”
“I’m excited about the opportunities that might come my way. My long-term dream is to open a restaurant – and eventually several restaurants – where I can showcase the dishes of my homeland in northern Thailand – and hopefully work towards a Michelin star!”
Chariya prevailed against strong competition from her two rivals and won the show. After her victory, she paid tribute to her late grandfather.
Omar said that being in the final was one of the “proudest moments” of his life[/caption]
The toy manufacturer Omar was delighted to have reached the final.
Originally from Barnsley and now based in Watford, he proved to be an influential force throughout the series.
Despite serving a bloody duck fillet to Judge Gregg, he rose from the ashes and was a finalist.
Speaking about reaching the final, he told the BBC: “I will look back with sincerity and say that making it to the final was one of the proudest moments of my life.”
“Knowing that all your hard work has paid off is something I can never really put into words. Being at this point means I’ve seen every stage of the competition so far and that’s all I wanted when I applied.”