MasterChef Final 2014: Ping wins final with her Malaysian-inspired cooking


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After honing her culinary skills over eight weeks, Ping has been named the winner of the tenth series of BBC One's cooking programme MasterChef.

The 32-year-old full-time mother from Bath wowed judges John Torode and Gregg Wallace with her dishes inspired by her Malaysian upbringing.

For her final task she was asked to prepare a three-course meal.

Her winning menu featured her personal take on a Chinese wonton dumpling soup, a main of nasi lemak rice from her native Malaysia in a coconut and pandan sauce and a coconut and vanilla panna cotta for dessert.

Greg Wallace called her cooking: "Original, so damn clever, and delicious”, with both men agreeing that Ping was the “clear winner”.

“When I eat Ping’s food I feel happy, it makes my heart thump,” said Torode.

Runners-up Jack, a recent graduate from Exeter University, and Luke, a sales engineer for a robotics company, both praised Ping, and said that the best chef had won.

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Ping said after winning: “The last time I felt such emotion was when my daughter was born - something you don’t get to experience a lot. Pure joy, pure bliss, that feels incredible. Epic!”

“My mother will be really proud I’m sure.

“She still won’t let me in her kitchen,” added Ping.

Speaking on the highs and lows in the competition, Ping said: “I think the time I loved most was my time in Barcelona.

“Spain really does bring something out in me. Spain seemingly opened her arms and showed me her magic.

“I loved every moment especially cooking for Ferran Adria and I felt that anything was possible.

“Apart from my wedding and the birth of my daughter, the time I spent in Spain was truly magical.”