MasterChef 2014: From Thomasina Miers to Natalie Coleman - where are past winners now?
But while a trophy and a glass of champagne will be the first goodies to come their way, what else could be in store for their futures, if past victors are anything to go by?
Thomasina Miers, who triumphed in the first series with Gregg Wallace and John Torode, remains the show’s biggest commercial success.
Since winning in 2005, she has opened nine branches of Mexican street food restaurant Wahaca and penned five cookbooks.
Opening a restaurant is a common ambition among MasterChef winners, but a look back through history reveals that just Miers, 2008’s James Nathan, 2009’s Mat Follas and 2011’s Tim Anderson have cemented the dream so far.
Temporarily, at least, for Follas’ The Wild Garlic was forced to close six months ago after suffering financial difficulties. Anderson’s Japanese soul food restaurant Nanban popped up in Shoreditch last spring, while Nathan has a restaurant in Cornwall.
Shelina Permalloo from 2012 is making plans for a Mauritian restaurant in London and 2007 winner Steve Wallis wants to bring his food to the South of France.
Alex Rushmer, a 2010 finalist, is running The Hole in the Wall country pub in Cambridgeshire – reviewed by The Independent as “technically exceptional, deserving of a Michelin star”.
Thomasina Miers (right), Alex Rushmer (centre) and James Nathan Last year’s popular champion Natalie Coleman has been teaching in Jamie Oliver’s 15, while other winners have been releasing cookbooks, working as independent chefs and running catering companies.
So, whatever the future may hold for this year's champion (and finalists) - it doesn't look too shabby.
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