MasterChef crowns Tom Rhodes winner as chef plans to carve out cookery empire

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MasterChef winner Tom Rhodes is planning to carve out his own cookery empire.

The 31-year-old nabbed the trophy in tonight's final after wowing judges John Torode and Gregg Wallace.

He was in the final three alongside Mike Tomkins and Alexina Anatole as the trio battled it out for the coveted trophy.

And Tom's planning to cash in on his TV success with a string of lucrative projects.

He said: "I would love to write a cookbook and have a cookery school.

"During the competition, I have realised my love for developing recipes and cooking for other people outside of my friends and family, so would love to do more of this after the show.

"It would be great to spend time in professional kitchens as even after over 20 years of cooking I know I still have so much to learn.

"I'd also love to see more of east and south-east Asia to learn more about their food and culture."

Tom wants to be just like famous TV chefs Nigella Lawson and Nigel Slater.

The Manchester-born lad has followed their careers for years.

He said: "When I was younger, I watched a lot of Nigella and Nigel Slater.

"I have met Nigella and have a signed copy of How to Eat, which has a special place in my growing collection of over 300 cookbooks."

Viewers went into meltdown on Twitter after Tom was given the MasterChef trophy as they showered the chef with messages of congratulations.

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One said: "So pleased for Tom. His cookery has been fantastic for the whole competition. Well done him."

While another wrote: "Well done Tom – outstanding and well deserved".

A third added: "So well deserved Tom, congratulations!"

MasterChef aired tonight after being postponed for the coverage of Prince Philip's death.

The broadcaster postponed the much-awaited final after suspending all non-news broadcasting as a mark of respect for Prince Philip, the Duke of Edinburgh, who died on Friday morning.

It was originally set for a Friday evening air date, but was one of the many shows pushed back amid the schedule changes.

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