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MasterChef: The Professionals, 2014, Grand Final

MasterChef: The Professionals, 2014, Grand Final

by Ella Timney Wednesday, December 24, 2014

After 8 weeks, 21 hours of solid entertainment and food, food, food, this is it. There have been countless quarter, semi and finals week finals, and now it’s the actual, final episode of MasterChef: The Professionals.

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Ella is a Food Editor at Great British Chefs. She frequently puts her analytical skills to good use observing (and partaking in) drinking cultures in her favourite London ale pubs.

I cannot cope, especially because I’m well into Christmas holiday time and am in a state of perpetual mild hangover.

SPOILER ALERT - If you haven't seen the final yet, and don't want to know who wins, then why on earth are you reading this? Watch it now, then come back later. That's how a finals recap works.

Queue montages aplenty for the first portion of the show - a greatest hits of the finalists - Jamie’s awesome tortellini, Brian’s goats’ cheese croquette thing, Sven's pot au feu, the great time they had last week with what’s his name. It’s been beautiful.

We have the contestants staring off into middle distance as is customary, Jamie’s cool dog, a few girlfriends and mums. Lovely. Remember that time (all that time ago - last week) where Sven won over the chefs' table? Remember when Jamie didn't win over the chefs' table and cried?

Anyway, let’s crack on with the food, food, food, I must warn you - graphic food porn images to follow.

As you would hope and expect, there aren’t any dramas in this final cook off - just Monica and Marcus and the other one wafting around the kitchen, looking pleased and proud and excited. Brian’s got gurnard to start, then piglet, then an apple pithivier. This has truly been a season of croquettes. Everyone is all over the croquette.

Jamie sums up the level of expectation, the sheer fear - ‘It’s got to be above perfect, whatever that means’ - indeed.

We have the contestants staring off into middle distance as is customary, Jamie’s cool dog, a few girlfriends and mums. Lovely.
Brian masterchef final
Brian staring into the middle distance

This is the point in the competition where any cynicism or sarcasm or anything melts away. It's time to get emotional. The gurnard looks like heaven, with many twists and turns that make you marvel at how far Brian's come in terms of presentation.

Everyone’s in love with Brian’s piglet - Monica utters ‘you made your own black pudding’, as if to say ‘I love you’.

Apple pithivier, brown sugar ice cream and cider jelly with pecans sounds like an out and out winner - ‘How you’ve changed and improved has been a delight to watch’ said Marcus. Indeed! We love you Brian!

Now for Sven's dishes, kicking off with his quail, nasturtium and mushrooms, complete with a broth infused with a flavours of forest tea bag... The nasturtiums and mushrooms are trying to crawl off the plate, but I'll forgive you Sven, it does look pretty incredible.

Everyone's blown away by the dish. Marcus looks puzzled with awe and enthuses that ‘quails don’t fly that high... it makes you think a lot, it’s exquisite’. Anyone who knows quails, know that quails actually don't fly that much at all, but that's beside the point.

Now for his multi-element cod dish, with crispy skin, curds and whey (hey!), and many little leek bits that just look exquisite and come straight from his allotment (this guy - he's a chef AND has an allotment, and a girlfriend. How does he exist?!).

Brian's starter
Brian's gurnard starter
Sven's final Masterchef main
A close-up of Sven's main

There may be trouble ahead with the cod... 'One thing I keep staring at is the bloodline' - Marcus went Full Angry Marcus in one of the first episodes when someone left that in. However, at this stage, he seems much more forgiving. Look at this dish though. Look at the leeks!

His dessert elicits mixed reviews (I say mixed, I mean Marcus just isn't that into the cake element), but Monica and Gregg love it.

 
 
Masterchef final three
The final three
Masterchef mucky jacket
A mucky jacket pays off for Jamie

And now for Jamie, and holy moly, what a beautiful spread.

‘That jacket says one thing, these plates say something very different' - proving forever that whoever said that thing about how a good chef shouldn’t get mess all over their jacket was in fact an idiot.

Monica digs into his Arbroath smokie velouté with crab salad and doughnuts, and lets out a 'ooooffgh' - 'this is only your starter, and I’m blown over already'. At this stage, I actually want to smash through the screen and rob all of those doughnuts.

Now for the beefiest of main courses to exist in a long time. Flaky, unctuous short rib, smoked sirloin, oh my gawsh.

Again, Monica does an 'oooofhghg' and Jamie looks worried it might be a bad 'oooofhgh' - of course it isn't - it's one of the most beautiful things ever on MasterChef.

Jamie's Masterchef finals dishes
Jamie's stunning dishes
Jamie's beef main
Jamie's main - beef heaven

And now for the dessert, a lemon meringue pie, cheesecake, little macarons - incredible.

Marcus and Monica are all over it, but Gregg once again can't get over the idea of cheese in cheesecake. Marcus tightens his fist to punch him out. G'wan Marcus! Go for the eyes, Monica!

 
 
Angry Marcus Wareing
Marcus, waiting to strike
Jamie wins Masterchef
Hurrah for Jamie!

‘I don’t know what the hell Gregg’s talking about to be honest’ - so summarising this season in a single line.

And now for the judging - ‘This is the toughest judging decision I can remember’ says Gregg - yeah, since the last series when it was so tough that you awarded joint winners. Super tough.

More soppy times now, as Monica gives a nod to Marcus's n00b status - it's okay Marcus, you have been bloody brilliant - 'It’s the first time we’ve done this together, and it’s easier than I thought it’d be.' - aww.

With lots of smiliness and joy, they bring out the chaps.

Who's it going to be???

Of course, it's Jamie! YEAH! ‘I just want to cry a bit, I’m so happy’ - me too Jamie, me too!

So well done to Jamie, but well done to Brian and Sven too, and all of the wonderful chefs that have taken part. It's looking very likely that Jamie will go far indeed. In fact, one half of the aforementioned joint winners from last series, Anton, just got a Michelin star for his restaurant this year, so MasterChef does indeed seem to do good.

See you next year, it's been harrowingly long, packed with ups and downs, and flat-out beautiful.

Merry Christmas!

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