The time is almost up when the MasterChef 2022 champion will be announced.
The winner of the 18th series will be announced on today’s show on BBC One.
But before that, some serious cooking needs to be done in the kitchen.
What can we expect from tonight’s show?
Finalists Eddie, Pookie and Radah are pushed to the limit when they are instructed to prepare their top three dishes for judges John Torode and Gregg Wallace.
Whoever manages to tickle their discerning taste buds is declared a MasterChef champion.
Eddie, a Navy pilot, has received praise for his fusion dishes inspired by his family and travels
Pookie, a former beauty salon owner, wowed the judges with dishes inspired by her Thai with Chinese heritage
Radah is a 23-year-old law graduate who has reimagined some of the world’s most popular dishes with a flexitarian twist.
Who are the previous winners?
Previous winners of the show have had varying degrees of success since being crowned victors. Here are all of the winners since the show restarted in 2005.
Tom Rhodes (2021)
In addition to offering private dining, he makes regular appearances at events across the country.
Thomas Frake (2020)
During the lockdown he started doing fine food deliveries at home. He has appeared on numerous shows and has written recipes for publications and is planning to open a tavern and is writing his first cookbook.
Irini Tzortzoglou (2019)
her first book Under the olive tree (Recipes from my Greek kitchen), was released in 2020 and she is currently writing her second. Their website has more than 160 recipes and their food is regularly featured in the British and Greek press.
Kenny Tutt (2018)
He opened a restaurant called Pitch in Worthing on the Sussex coast, which offers a “contemporary mix of modern and classic British cuisine”.
He has also run cooking classes in Brighton to help unemployed youth in the city.
Saliha Mahmoud Ahmed (2017)
Her book of 2019, Khazana, has been widely praised. She was also the winner of Best Chef at the British Restaurant Awards 2019. Her cookbook, celebrating her career as a gastroenterologist and chef, is entitled ‘Foodology’ and was published in May 2021.
Jane Devonshire (2016)
She has presented at numerous Food & Drink shows across the UK and is currently writing her debut cookbook on non-glutton cooking.
Simon Wood (2015)
He was appointed Executive Chef at Oldham Event Center which is part of Oldham Athletic Football Club and published his cookbook, At Home with Simon Wood – fine dining made easy.
Ping Coombes (2014)
She has become a Malaysia Kitchen Ambassador and promotes Malaysian food across the UK and abroad. She started her own cooking classes and has written a cookbook about Malaysian food.
Natalie Coleman (2013)
She wrote her own cookbook Winning recipes: For every day and runs cooking classes during the school holidays. She also works at Hello Darling, a restaurant in London’s Waterloo area.
Shelina Permalloo (2012)
She has had numerous television appearances and has written cookbooks. In April 2016 she opened her first restaurant, Lakaz Maman, a Mauritian street kitchen in Southampton.
Tim Anderson (2011)
Anderson has written five Japanese cookbooks. He is a regular panelist on BBC Radio 4 programming Kitchen cupboardand has contributed articles to numerous publications.
Dhruv Baker (2010)
Dhruv published his first book Spice up 2014 and opened his gastropub The Opened Jolly Gardeners in the same year. He also works as a brand consultant.
Matt Follas (2009)
He opened his first restaurant, The Wild Garlic, which was awarded 2 AA Rosettes and featured in the Good Food Guide and Michelin Guide.
In 2016 he opened Bramble Cafe & Deli in Poundbury, Dorset with his wife Amanda and their business partner Kate.
He has also written cookery books and articles, and hosts cooking competitions.
James Nathan (2008)
He has since held a number of executive chef positions, including at the St Enodoc Hotel in Cornwall and the Bristol Lido. His company “by James Nathan” offers private at-home tasting menus, restaurant advice and dining for weddings and parties.
Steven Wallis (2007)
He has traveled the world on a number of culinary adventures and is a writer, private chef and taste consultant.
Peter Bayless (2006)
He wrote It’s not all Greek to mewith Greek recipes and works as a private chef and cooking teacher.
Thomasina Miers (2005)
She’s among the most notable winners, having later co-founded the popular Mexican grocery chain Wahaca, has written several cookbooks, and regularly contributes recipes to publications.
How can I watch the final tonight?
MasterChef can be seen on BBC One at 8pm or on BBC iPlayer. You can view it here.