MasterChef UK winner served up Asian grub

COOKING UP A STORM: Coombes in action during one of the show's challenges. The 33-year-old won the 10th series of the annual reality show by serving Malaysian-inspired fare, beating co-finalists Lucas and Owen.


    May 19, 2014

    MasterChef UK winner served up Asian grub


    IPOH-BORN MasterChef UK 2014 champion Catherine Chin Coombes was at a loss for words over winning the title with wonton (Chinese dumpling) soup and nasi lemak.

    "Am so ermmm I have no words! Just am so grateful, so pleased, so chuffed and thank you thank you thank you for liking my food," wrote the 33-year-old mother on her Twitter account.

    Coombes, who was sharing her happiness with everyone she knows on Twitter, also paid tribute to her co-finalists, Jack Lucas and Luke Owen.

    "@jacklucas1 @MasterChef_Luke I love you two, we had so much fun! And I'm so so privileged to cook with you two!!" said Coombes, who made a total of 17 tweets after her win.

    She lives in Britain with her husband and 18-month-old daughter. She won the final challenge of the 10th series of the annual reality cooking show, which was aired on BBC One on Friday night, beating Lucas and Owen.

    Fans of Coombes urged her to open her own restaurant.

    "Please let me know about your restaurant - I honestly think I could eat your food for the rest of my life. Congratulations!" tweeted comedian Katy Brand.

    Prime Minister Najib Razak gave Coombes the thumbs up for showcasing Malaysian-inspired dishes.

    "Well done UK Masterchef @WanPingCoombes! Malaysian flavours and talent are truly world-class," he tweeted.

    Surprising judges with her three-course meal, Coombes met their expectations with her starter of wonton soup, a main course of nasi lemak and dessert of vanilla and coconut panna cotta.

    Her spread earned superlative comments from judges John Torode and Gregg Wallace.

    According to British online reports, Torode described Coombes as "a cook's cook", while Wallace quipped: "Rarely have I seen someone whose repertoire can span whole continents."

    Comparing her joy of winning to the birth of her daughter, Alexa, Coombes reportedly said: "The last time I felt such emotion was when my daughter was born.

    "Pure joy and pure bliss that feels incredible. Epic."

    Coombes said she started cooking while studying in Oxford, and learnt to recreate her mother's dishes to satisfy her cravings.