DJ crowned MasterChef champion

Burnley and Pendle Citizen: Natalie Coleman is the new MasterChef champion Natalie Coleman is the new MasterChef champion

Part-time DJ Natalie Coleman has been crowned this year's MasterChef champion and said: "It's a dream come true."

She triumphed with a winning menu featuring dishes of lobster and pork to become the third woman to triumph in nine years.

And Natalie, who is a credit controller, was told by judges John Torode and Gregg Wallace she was "destined for great things".

Viewers of the BBC One show have seen the Hackney-born 29-year-old battle through from 50 contestants to the final three over the past eight weeks.

Alongside defeated finalists Dale Williams and Larkin Cen, she rounded off her tough challenges with a culinary odyssey across Italy. They cooked with rustic chef Mamma Agata on the Amalfi Coast, and headed to Enoteca Pinchiorri in Florence during their travels.

And they had to face an intimidating test of impressing four of the world's greatest chefs by preparing a three-course menu designed by two Michelin-starred chef Simon Rogan. The final task was to prepare a menu for the show's hosts.

John said: "I think Natalie is destined for great things. She not only understands finery of great food but she cooks for the people, food that people want to eat."

Gregg said of her: "Natalie is an incredible talent who grew in stature day after day... I love her food because it comes straight form the heart."

Natalie, who has had a sideline as a house DJ for the past five years, said: "This is probably the best thing that's ever happened to me in my life. It's like a fairytale really, the girl from Hackney done good."

In the immediate future she will be appearing on stage at the BBC Good Food Show Summer, at the Birmingham NEC along with her fellow finalists from June 12 to 16.

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