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Larissa Takchi, 22, wins the MasterChef finale

MasterChef’s grand finale kicked off on Tuesday night with the final three chefs Larissa Takchi, Simon Toohey or Tessa Boersma vying for the top prize. 

And it was Larissa who took home the win after getting three perfect scores from the judges for her unusual take on pavlova. 

Aged just 22, she is the youngest winner ever in the show’s history. 

The youngest winner ever! Larissa Takchi, 22 (pictured) won the MasterChef finale on Tuesday night, after getting three perfect scores from the judges for her Szechuan pavlova

The youngest winner ever! Larissa Takchi, 22 (pictured) won the MasterChef finale on Tuesday night, after getting three perfect scores from the judges for her Szechuan pavlova

Larissa takes home a top-of-the-range Holden Equinox, a monthly column in Australia’s leading food magazine, Delicious, and a quarter of a million dollars.

Overwhelmed, the young cook said: ‘Thank you so much. Honestly, I can’t believe it. I am so surprised that I even made it this far in the competition. 

‘And to say that I’ve actually won is just so weird to even say out loud. I’ve got you three to thank for it,’ she told the judges. 

Overwhelmed, the young cook said: 'Thank you so much. Honestly, I can't believe it. I am so surprised that I even made it this far in the competition'

Overwhelmed, the young cook said: ‘Thank you so much. Honestly, I can’t believe it. I am so surprised that I even made it this far in the competition’

Great work: 'And to say that I've actually won is just so weird to even say out loud. I've got you three to thank for it,' she told the judges

Great work: ‘And to say that I’ve actually won is just so weird to even say out loud. I’ve got you three to thank for it,’ she told the judges

Second: Runner-up Tessa Boersma (pictured) was awarded $30,000 prize money and was gracious in defeat

Second: Runner-up Tessa Boersma (pictured) was awarded $30,000 prize money and was gracious in defeat

‘Honestly, you’ve seen me, how I’ve grown since I first came to the competition. You guys are like my three dads. You’ve kind of brought me up in this way!’ 

Larissa’s mum was so proud of her, saying: ‘I can’t believe what she’s achieved. She’s just young and just starting out and she just taught herself everything, really. She’s just got this drive in her and she has places to go.’ 

Runner-up Tessa Boersma, who was awarded $30,000, was gracious in defeat, saying: ‘I’ve learnt so much being in this competition about myself and what I’m capable of, and it’s changed me completely for the better.’ 

Tessa said: 'Larissa, she's so incredible and completely deserves to win'

Tessa said: ‘Larissa, she’s so incredible and completely deserves to win’ 

Perfect! Larissa took home the win after getting three perfect scores from the judges for her unusual take on pavlova. Pictured: Judge Matt Preston

Perfect! Larissa took home the win after getting three perfect scores from the judges for her unusual take on pavlova. Pictured: Judge Matt Preston 

‘And Larissa, she’s so incredible and completely deserves to win,’ she added. 

Earlier in the episode, the cooks were surprised with their families watching over their final challenges. 

It was revealed that this year, for the first time ever, a chef will win MasterChef by cooking nothing but their own food.

It's all on them! On Tuesday's episode, the chefs learned they were competing for the crown by cooking their own recipes for the first time ever. Pictured: Judges Gary Mehigan, George Calombaris and Matt Preston

It’s all on them! On Tuesday’s episode, the chefs learned they were competing for the crown by cooking their own recipes for the first time ever. Pictured: Judges Gary Mehigan, George Calombaris and Matt Preston

The service challenge involved creating a three-course menu, for 60 guests with 4.5 hours of prep time before service started.

It was announced that the night’s guest list would be a who’s who of the culinary world, including Curtis Stone, Kirsten Tibballs, Maggie Beer, Jock Zonfrillo, Darren Purchese and Donovan Cooke. 

Also in attendance would be Julie Goodwin, Andy Allen, Brent Owens, Diana Chan, and last year’s winner Sashi Cheliah.

Pressure! The cooks were surprised with their families watching over their final challenges

Pressure! The cooks were surprised with their families watching over their final challenges

Oh no! Tessa Boersma hit the first hurdle when she realised her marron tails are overcooked and had come apart

Oh no! Tessa Boersma hit the first hurdle when she realised her marron tails are overcooked and had come apart

Oh no! The bump in the road left her in tears before she gave herself a pep talk

Oh no! The bump in the road left her in tears before she gave herself a pep talk 

Tessa hit the first hurdle when she realised her  marron tails are overcooked and had come apart, leaving her in tears. 

However she gave herself a pep talk, saying: ‘Why back down now? I need to back myself and think that I can take this out. 

‘I’m trimming them up and I know that they’ll be timed and cooked perfectly, so I’m checking them before I’m putting them in the sous-vide bag.’ 

Stuffing it: Larissa hit a snag when she was called up to serve her entree in 30 minutes and she was not ready in time

Stuffing it: Larissa hit a snag when she was called up to serve her entree in 30 minutes and she was not ready in time

Larissa hit a snag when she was called up to serve her entree in 30 minutes and she was not ready in time. 

‘I can’t believe what I’m hearing. I haven’t prepped a single thing for my entree!’ she worried.   

‘Right now, I’m just feeling down in the dumps. This is such a physical pain and my arms are just killing me. Please, god!’ she begged. 

Wow! When it comes time to scoring, Tessa's marrow gets a total of 27 points out of 30 in the first round, including a ten out of ten from Matt Preston

Wow! When it comes time to scoring, Tessa’s marrow gets a total of 27 points out of 30 in the first round, including a ten out of ten from Matt Preston

The judges were impressed with Tessa’s entree of Marron, fennel, bisque and caviar and it was a hit with diners too.

However her bone marrow dish goes over well with the judges. 

George Calombaris said: Honestly, we watched her half an hour ago still scraping bone marrow bones, and what she’s put up is a super sophisticated, yummy dish that is unique as well.’ 

From the dirt! Simon's beetroot with foam, which the judges called 'earthy', also did well with judges. Simon's beetroot scored a total of 22 out of 30, placing him behind

From the dirt! Simon’s beetroot with foam, which the judges called ‘earthy’, also did well with judges. Simon’s beetroot scored a total of 22 out of 30, placing him behind

Simon’s beetroot with foam, which the judges called ‘earthy’, also did well with judges. 

When it comes time to scoring, Tessa’s marrow gets a total of 27 points out of 30 in the first round, including a ten out of ten from Matt Preston. 

Despite her stumbles, Larissa also scored 27 out of 30 for her bone marrow dish despite running late.  

Simon’s beetroot scored a total of 22 out of 30, placing him behind.  

A hit! When it comes time to scoring, Tessa's marrow gets a total of 27 points out of 30 in the first round, including a ten out of ten from Matt Preston

A hit! When it comes time to scoring, Tessa’s marrow gets a total of 27 points out of 30 in the first round, including a ten out of ten from Matt Preston

Next up were the mains, with Larissa’s marron with bisque being a hit with the judges. 

‘Everything just pops off the plate. There’s a lot of work in here, fellas. Roasted fennel puree, and then you’ve got roasted fennel chunks,’ George said. 

Simon’s Lobster with champagne sauce proved more impressive than his entree. 

Tessa served beef with celeriac, horseradish and bone marrow sauce, with the judges declaring they couldn’t have made the dish better themselves. 

Next up were the mains, with Larissa's marron with bisque being a hit with the judges. 'Everything just pops off the plate,' judge George George Calombaris (pictured) said

Next up were the mains, with Larissa’s marron with bisque being a hit with the judges. ‘Everything just pops off the plate,’ judge George George Calombaris (pictured) said

Tasty: Simon's Lobster with champagne sauce proved more impressive than his entree

Tasty: Simon’s Lobster with champagne sauce proved more impressive than his entree

Tasty: Next up were the mains, with Larissa's marron with bisque being a hit with the judges

Tasty: Next up were the mains, with Larissa’s marron with bisque being a hit with the judges

A hit! Tessa served beef with celeriac, horseradish and bone marrow sauce, with the judges declaring they couldn't have made the dish better themselves

A hit! Tessa served beef with celeriac, horseradish and bone marrow sauce, with the judges declaring they couldn’t have made the dish better themselves

When it came to scoring, Simon scored 21 out of 30, leaving his lagging with a score of 43 so far. 

Tessa scored 27 out of 30 again, coming to an impressive 54 out of a possible 60.

However Larissa was the overall winner of round two, with a ten from judge Gary Mehigan and a total 28 out of 30. 

With a combined score of 55 points, she was in the lead with just the desserts to go. 

Not gonna make it? With his score so far behind the other two contestants, Simon felt a bit down going into the final round

Not gonna make it? With his score so far behind the other two contestants, Simon felt a bit down going into the final round

A little help: However he got a pep talk from chef Shannon Bennett, who told him: 'I know, like, what you're feeling, OK? So, don't try and hide it or whatever, OK? 'You're still in this, OK? You are totally still in it'

A little help: However he got a pep talk from chef Shannon Bennett, who told him: ‘I know, like, what you’re feeling, OK? So, don’t try and hide it or whatever, OK? ‘You’re still in this, OK? You are totally still in it’ 

With his score so far behind the other two contestants, Simon felt a bit down going into the final round. 

However he got a pep talk from chef Shannon Bennett, who told him: ‘I know, like, what you’re feeling, OK? So, don’t try and hide it or whatever, OK?

‘You’re still in this, OK? You are totally still in it. Like, seriously, 10 out of 10. Let’s do it,’ he said. 

Oh no! Larissa suffered a setback when her meringues fell apart in the oven

Oh no! Larissa suffered a setback when her meringues fell apart in the oven

On no! 'I cannot believe it. My meringues have actually collapsed!' she said in shock. 'All I can think is how screwed I am right now. There's no time to do another batch of meringues,' she lamented, before deciding to serve them broken and 'rustic'

On no! ‘I cannot believe it. My meringues have actually collapsed!’ she said in shock. ‘All I can think is how screwed I am right now. There’s no time to do another batch of meringues,’ she lamented, before deciding to serve them broken and ‘rustic’

Chaos: There is even more drama when her sorbet comes out of the freezer rock solid, causing her to lament: 'I'm paralysed in fear because I don't know what to do'

Chaos: There is even more drama when her sorbet comes out of the freezer rock solid, causing her to lament: ‘I’m paralysed in fear because I don’t know what to do’ 

Larissa suffered a setback when her meringues fell apart in the oven but she soldiered on.   

‘I cannot believe it. My meringues have actually collapsed!’ she said in shock. 

‘All I can think is how screwed I am right now. There’s no time to do another batch of meringues,’ she lamented, before deciding to serve them broken and ‘rustic’.   

There is even more drama when her sorbet comes out of the freezer rock solid, causing her to lament: ‘I’m paralysed in fear because I don’t know what to do.’ 

Worked out! Despite the early drama, Matt Preston called Larissa's Szechuan pavlova with egg, beetroot and blackberry sorbet, a lemon cream and a beetroot syrup, 'brain-frazzlingly good'

Worked out! Despite the early drama, Matt Preston called Larissa’s Szechuan pavlova with egg, beetroot and blackberry sorbet, a lemon cream and a beetroot syrup, ‘brain-frazzlingly good’

Tasty: Tessa's smashed pavlova was considered good but safe, and it remained to be seen if she could bring it home

Tasty: Tessa’s smashed pavlova was considered good but safe, and it remained to be seen if she could bring it home

Good work: Simon's pumpkin and coffee cake was a hit, giving him a chance to catch up

Good work: Simon’s pumpkin and coffee cake was a hit, giving him a chance to catch up

The desserts were up next, with Simon’s pumpkin and coffee cake was a hit, giving him a chance to catch up.

Despite faltering, Larissa pulled it together and judge Matt Preston called her Szechuan pavlova with egg, beetroot and blackberry sorbet, a lemon cream and a beetroot syrup, ‘brain-frazzlingly good food.’ 

Tessa’s smashed pavlova was considered good but safe, and it remained to be seen if she could bring it home.  

When it came to scoring, Simon brought home a a grand total of 65 points, sadly placing him too far behind to win. 

He's out: When it came to scoring, Simon brought home a a grand total of 65 points, sadly placing him too far behind to win.  However, he was gifted $20,000 for coming in third to help make his culinary dreams come true

He’s out: When it came to scoring, Simon brought home a a grand total of 65 points, sadly placing him too far behind to win.  However, he was gifted $20,000 for coming in third to help make his culinary dreams come true

Did well! Tessa came in with a final score of 77 after being judged for her 'beautiful, crowd-pleasing dessert'

Did well! Tessa came in with a final score of 77 after being judged for her ‘beautiful, crowd-pleasing dessert’

However, he was gifted $20,000 for coming in third to help make his culinary dreams come true. 

Tessa came in with a final score of 77 after being judged for her ‘beautiful, crowd-pleasing dessert’. 

Larissa’s dessert however was a smash, getting ten out of ten from all three judges and crowning her winner of MasterChef.  

She did it! Larissa's dessert however was a smash, getting ten out of ten from all three judges and crowning her winner of MasterChef

She did it! Larissa’s dessert however was a smash, getting ten out of ten from all three judges and crowning her winner of MasterChef

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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