The time is nearly upon us when three talented chefs will battle it out to become the champion of MasterChef 2023.

The winner of the 19th series will be revealed on tonight’s show on BBC One following weeks of heated eliminations.

What time is the MasterChef final tonight?

The final episode will air on Thursday 1 June from 8pm to 9pm on BBC One.

Who is in the MasterChef final?

Chefs Chariya, Anurag and Omar have made it through to the final.

Omar was reeling from learning he was in the final three, saying: “To know you’re going to get to every part of the competition has blown my mind.”

Meanwhile Anurag, a 41-year-old accountant said: “I decided to enter MasterChef to express my passion for food and to learn from others. For me food is more than just ingredients, recipes or dishes, it’s an expression of who I am and demonstrates my creativity.”

What does the MasterChef winner get?

The winner is always awarded the coveted MasterChef trophy.

But the prestige and exposure is the main appeal of winning the contest, and many winners have gone on to open restaurants and write food columns.

Who are the previous winners?

Past winners of the show have had varying degrees of success since they were crowned victors. Here are all the winners since the show’s reboot in 2005.

Nikita Pathakji (2022)

Derby chef Nikita Pathakji was crowned MasterChef after impressing judges with innovative, memorable dishes inspired by her travels, mainly around Asia.

Tom Rhodes (2021)

As well as offering private dining, he regularly appears at events up and down the country.

Thomas Frake (2020)

He embarked on fine-dining deliveries at home during lockdown. He has appeared on numerous shows and written recipes for publications and plans to open a pub and is writing his debut cookbook.

Irini Tzortzoglou (2019)

Her first book, Under The Olive Tree (recipes from my Greek kitchen), was published in 2020 and she is currently writing her second. Her website includes more than 160 recipes and her food regularly features in the UK and Greek press.

Kenny Tutt (2018)

He launched a restaurant named Pitch offering a “contemporary mix of modern and classic British food”, in Worthing, West Sussex.

He has also hosted cooking classes in Brighton to help unemployed youths in the city.

Saliha Mahmood Ahmed (2017)

Her 2019 book, Khazana, was widely praised. She was also the winner of Best Chef at the British Restaurant Awards 2019. Her cookbook, celebrating her career as a gastroenterologist and chef, is called Foodology was released in May 2021.

Jane Devonshire (2016) 

She has presented at numerous food and drink shows around the UK and is currently writing her debut cookbook on glutton-free cookery.

Simon Wood (2015)

He was appointed executive chef of Oldham Event Centre part of Oldham Athletic Football Club and published his cookery book, At Home with Simon Wood – Fine Dining Made Simple.

Ping Coombes (2014)

She has become a Malaysia Kitchen Ambassador, promoting Malaysian food around the UK and abroad. She launched her own cookery classes and has written a cookbook on Malaysian food.

Natalie Coleman (2013)

She has written her own cookbook Winning Recipes: For Every Day and runs cookery courses during the school holidays. She also works at Hello Darling, a restaurant in London’s Waterloo.

Shelina Permalloo (2012)

She made numerous television appearances and has written cookbooks. She opened her first restaurant “Lakaz Maman” a Mauritian Street Kitchen in Southampton in April 2016.

Tim Anderson (2011)

Anderson has written five Japanese cookbooks. He is a regular panellist on the BBC Radio 4 programme The Kitchen Cabinet, and has contributed articles to numerous publications.

Dhruv Baker (2010)

Dhruv published his first book Spice in 2014 and in the same year opened his gastropub The Opened Jolly Gardeners. He also works as a brand consultant.

Mat Follas (2009)

He opened his first restaurant, The Wild Garlic which was awarded 2 AA Rosettes and was recommended in The Good Food Guide and The Michelin guide.

Then in 2016, he opened Bramble Cafe & Deli in Poundbury, Dorset, with his wife Amanda and their business partner Kate.

He has also written cookery books and articles and judges cookery competitions.

James Nathan (2008)

He has now had a number of head chef posts, including at the St Enodoc Hotel in Cornwall, and Bristol Lido. His company, “by James Nathan” offers private tasting menus at home, restaurant consultancy, and food for weddings and parties.

Steven Wallis (2007)

He has travelled the world on some culinary adventures and is a writer, private chef and flavour consultant.

Peter Bayless (2006)

He has written It Isn’t All Greek To Me, featuring Greek recipes and works as a private chef and cookery teacher.

Thomasina Miers (2005)

She is among the best-known winners, as she went on to co-found the popular Mexican food chain Wahaca and has written several cookbooks and regularly contributes recipes to publications

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