The winner of Celebrity MasterChef 2017 has been crowned - but who own the competition last night?
After four weeks of heats, two weeks of gruelling semi-finals and finals, and an incredibly emotional final cook-off, Angellica Bell beat 19 celebrities to be awarded her trophy by judges John Torode and Gregg Wallace.
Throughout the final week Angellica, alongside other finalists Dev Griffin and Ulrika Jonsson, had to draw on everything she had learnt over the course of the competition, and cook to the very highest standards to impress judges John Torode and Gregg Wallace.
TV Presenter, Angellica Bell, said: “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.”
Gregg Wallace added: “Angellica is one of the best Celebrity MasterChef contestants I have ever seen, her food has elegance and style. As the competition has gone on she has got technically better. I think she is a very, very worthy winner.”
And speaking on the final John Torode said: “Angellica makes sure everything that she does is done to absolute perfection. Throughout this competition Angellica has pushed herself. Give her an opportunity to learn she sucks it up and does it brilliantly. Today she has done herself proud.”
The final task to decide the winner of Celebrity MasterChef 2017 was to cook and present a faultless three-course meal for judges John Torode and Gregg Wallace in two-and-a-half hours.
Angellica had to demonstrate all she had learnt about modern cuisine and difficult techiques to produce professional standard food, and some of the best viewers have ever seen in any Celebrity MasterChef competition.
Her 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 described as ‘nothing short of brilliant, one of the best desserts I have ever tasted’, and John deliverd a similar critique calling it ‘perfect in every way, shape and form’.
On her MasterChef journey Angellica added: “There have been some incredible moments. It is those moments where you just say ‘wow’ - they will stay with me forever.”
Angellica follows in the footsteps of previous winners Alexis Conran, Kimberly Wyatt, Sophie Thompson, Ade Edmondson, Emma Kennedy, Phil Vickery, Lisa Faulkner, Jayne Middlemiss, Liz McClarnon, Nadia Sawalha and Matt Dawson.