Sophie Thompson crowned 2014 Celebrity MasterChef champion
After four weeks of heats, two weeks of gruelling semi-finals and finals, and an incredible final cook off, Sophie Thompson (52) was awarded her trophy by judges John Torode and Gregg Wallace.
Actor, Sophie Thompson said: “I can’t Adam and Eve it! Thank you so much, this has been the best fun! It’s ridiculous winning something like this! The trouble is if you put it in your kitchen... you could be hoisted by your own petard, if you serve up something a bit naff!”
She added: “It’s awesome, honestly, it’s mad. It’s M for mad... the whole thing’s been mad!
“I really feel so thankful to all the people whose recipes I’ve used and abused. I’ve just relished the endeavour of the whole kitchen adventure, and all the contestants and the MasterChef team have been proper FANTASTIC.”
Of Sophie’s food John Torode said it was: “Original, exciting, daring. I think she’s a force to be reckoned with!”
Gregg Wallace said: “Sophie’s food is very much like her, it’s original, it’s individual, it has a style, it’s different. She creates some absolute delights on a plate, they look like little stories to me; they just look amazing.”
Throughout the final week Sophie, alongside other finalists Charley Boorman and Jodie Kidd, had to demonstrate her creativity, skill and determination as the finalists faced a series of exceptionally tough challenges.
These included: creating a selection of street food dishes from vans in the heart of London’s Queen Elizabeth Park (home to the 2012 Olympic Games) for 100 athletes and Olympians to celebrate the park’s opening to the public, producing a two course menu for the infamous restaurant critics, and the ultimate and most intimidating test – The Chef’s Table - cooking a Michelin standard meal at L’Anima, under the guidance of Francesco Mazzei, for the culinary Italian Mafia, Antonio Carluccio, Theo Randall, Giorgio Locatelli and Aldo Zilli.
The final task was to prepare an exceptional three-course meal for judges John Torode and Gregg Wallace in two and a half hours. Sophie’s winning menu consisted of a starter of Roulade of Duck stuffed with Juniper Berries and served with Sweetcorn puree, Wild Mushrooms and a Wild Mushroom and Port sauce, a main of Oven roasted Brill with a Pepper Crust, Seared Scallops, Black Pudding, Samphire, a Chive and Butter Sauce and Chorizo oil, and a dessert of Steamed Cherry Pudding served with Butterscotch Sauce served with Crushed Pistachios and Brandy Ice Cream.
Gregg Wallace said: “Nobody designs dishes like Sophie. Nobody I know successfully puts those flavour combinations together like Sophie. It’s a little bit wacky in a very, very good way!”
Of her MasterChef journey Sophie said: “Beside the salt and pepper for me now there’ll always be MasterChef… my new condiment. I feel very lucky and amazed.” She added: “Winning feels like a very guilty pleasure. Jodie and Charley have both been robbed but I’m an utterly chuffed tea leaf.”
For further information, pictures or interviews with Sophie please contact Plank PR on 020 8995 3936 or firstname.lastname@example.org
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