CELEBRATION: MasterChef season five winner Emma Dean with judges (from left) Gary Mehigan, George Calombaris and Matt Preston.
CELEBRATION: MasterChef season five winner Emma Dean with judges (from left) Gary Mehigan, George Calombaris and Matt Preston. Contributed

Emma has world at her feet after win

FORMER town planner Emma Dean has a bright new future ahead of her in the food industry.

The 32-year-old was crowned the fifth-ever winner of MasterChef Australia last night.

Dean battled through three high-pressure rounds of cooking against fellow finalists Lynton Tapp and Samira El Khafir. With a score of 85 over three rounds, Dean was awarded the title, just four points ahead of Tapp on 81 points.

She takes home a $100,000 cash prize, an Alfa Romeo Giulietta, a New Holland publishing book deal and the opportunity to work in the kitchens of some of Australia's best chefs.

"I just can't believe it; it really hasn't sunk in yet," Dean said.

"The whole experience feels like a dream, what a rollercoaster! I'm really privileged to have been able to share this with Lynton, who's become a wonderful friend. I can't wait to head out into the food world and make this restaurant a reality."

Tapp and El Khafir a both received American Express cash grants of $20,000 and $10,000 respectively, to help with their food plans.

Dean has already purchased a second-hand commercial kitchen and is now looking for a space she can open her restaurant with her boyfriend, Dan.

Yesterday, Ten program chief Beverly McGarvey also told News Limited that all spin-offs of the show have been axed, including Professionals, Junior and Celebrity MasterChefs, with the show and its hosts taking a break until the sixth series airs later next year.



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