18 December 2020 00:32
Born and bred Essex chef Alex Webb became the 14th champion of MasterChef: The Professionals on Thursday night, a performance during which judge Marcus Wareing said the 25-year-old "came of age". Marcus said: "Today was Alex's finest day… He is a brilliant young chef, I love his thirst for knowledge, and he has cooked beyond his years. MasterChef judge Monica Galetti said: "It is just fabulous." During finals week, Alex had to defeat rivals Santosh Shah and Bart van Der Lee as they created and delivered a Michelin-standard dish for eight international culinary titans working in Britain today and then create a dish Dedicated to Someone Special. Alex said: "I decided to enter MasterChef because I wanted to see how far I could go; winning is something I will always be very proud of. Alex Webb has been crowned the winner of MasterChef: The Professionals 2020.
The chef, 25, faced a difficult challenge to beat his fellow finalists Bart and Santosh to the trophy and the title. It may have seemed like a close call, but experts Marcus Wareing, Monica Galetti and Gregg Wallace were confident the right chef won. Marcus called Alex a genius for his meal, as he began with a scallop ceviche with an artichoke and pickled pear tartare, yoghurt foam, parsley powder and crispy capers finished with a watercress oil. Alex chose for his main pan seared trout, with parsnip crisps, parsnip coleslaw, roasted parsnip, parsley gel and a parsnip puree, finished with a mussel and caviar cream sauce, served with a mini potato fish pie topped with caviar and parsley powder. Finally, his last course from his winning menu was a white chocolate and passion fruit dome, with passion fruit pearls, a prosecco sorbet on a feuilletine and dark chocolate base served with a passion fruit cocktail and passion fruit powder party poppers.
MasterChef: The Professionals finalist Alex named winner The latest series of Masterchef: The Professionals has followed a group of skilled chefs battling it in the cooking competition. The winner of MasterChef The Professionals 2020 was 25-year-old Alex Webb. Alex impressed the judges Marcus Wareing, Monica Galetti and Gregg Wallace over six weeks of competition. Alex's menu featured scallop ceviche, pan-seared trout, and a white chocolate and passionfruit dome Among those impressed with his skills was Wallace, who said: "I have nothing to do here but heap praise on your lap, for me with this dessert you have covered yourself in glory." Speaking about his win, Alex said: "It is the best feeling I have ever had in my life. MasterChef The Professionals: Alex Webb won the competition "Then, hopefully one day, I will be able to achieve my big dream of owning my own restaurant." The judges praised the chef, pointing out how he impressed them since day one.
The competition reached its ultimate level for the finalists, when they were asked to create their last menu and deliver the best three-courses of their lives for judges Marcus Wareing, Monica Galetti and Gregg Wallace, in three hours and 15 minutes. Emphasising his menu had all of his "heart and soul on a plate", Alex started with a scallop ceviche with an artichoke and pickled pear tartare, yoghurt foam, parsley powder and crispy capers finished with a watercress oil. Alex's main was pan seared trout, with parsnip crisps, parsnip coleslaw, roasted parsnip, parsley gel and a parsnip puree, finished with a mussel and caviar cream sauce, served with a mini potato fish pie topped with caviar and parsley powder. Alex said: "When he was a young chef I thought the only competition I could really do was MasterChef and now I am a MasterChef: The Professionals Champion, it is a day all my chef dreams have come true." On his MasterChef: The Professionals experience, Alex said: "I decided to enter MasterChef because I wanted to see how far I could go; winning is something I will always be very proud of.