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​Winner Of MasterChef: The Professionals 2018 Named

​Winner Of MasterChef: The Professionals 2018 Named

Counttless invention tests and signature dishes later, we now have a winner!

Jess Hardiman

Jess Hardiman

It's that time of year again, kids! Nope, not the time where we're all frantically running around town trying to desperately tick off the last of the Christmas shopping (though that, too), but the one where we crown this series' winner of MasterChef: The Professionals.

WARNING: CONTAINS SPOILERS

I know, it seems like just yesterday all of those hopefuls were walking down the street in slow motion into the MasterChef kitchen.

Well, countless invention tests and signature dishes later, we now have a winner!

Our champ this year is the one and only Laurence, who beat Dean and Oli to the top spot this evening.

The three finalists had been given three hours for their last challenge, tasked with creating a starter, main course and dessert so that each could take their culinary abilities to a 'whole new level'.

Laurence made pan-seared scallop with heritage tomatoes for his starter, which was followed by pork loin and belly for main and aerated mint white chocolate with passionfruit gel and lemongrass and coconut ice cream for dessert.

While Wareing thought the scallop was 'beautifully cooked' he said the dish overall lacked a bit of punch. However, he said Laurence's kimchi and soy-brased main was a 'stunning, stunning dish', with fellow judge Gregg Wallace agreeing it was a' flavour and texture delight'.

The dessert also won Monica Galetti round, as Wareing gave it praise as 'minimalistic perfection'.

Wareing had tweeted before the show aired to say that this year has been 'on another level' and was the 'toughest' final he'd ever had to judge.

But after that 'very very late' night of judging, it seems Laurence was the one to stand out.

Congrats, Laurence!

Featured Image Credit: BBC