Billie McKay has been crowned as “MasterChef Australia” 2015 winner after a five-hour test during the season finale.
The 23-year-old restaurant manager defeated Georgia Barnes and took home a cash prize of $250,000. Billie also secured work experience in some of Australia’s best kitchens, an Alfa Romeo Giulietta, and a job offer from Heston Blumenthal to work at “The Fat Duck” restaurant.
Runner up Georgia received a prize of $20,000 while third place, Jessica got $10,000.
Here are some fun facts about Billie.
1. One of the chefs she looks up to is Blumenthal, a known culinary expert in the United Kingdom.
After Billie was announced as MasterChef winner, Heston told her, “I saw something in you today that I have not seen in many professional chefs…So, I would like to offer you a job at the Fat Duck,” the Daily Mail wrote.
2. Billie can’t contain her excitement for the new job that awaits her in UK.
She shared a photo on Facebook which she captioned, “WHAT! This is EPIC! Heston! Hes-ton! The look on my face says it all! Safe to say I’m dying on the inside.” In another post, she said, “Ohhh my gosh!! AND OH MY GOSH THE FAT DUCK!”
Billie said in an interview with Nova FM that she and her boyfriend Haydn are already packing for UK.
“I can’t wait to get into the lab, I’m so excited just from seeing that dish from last night, I can’t wait to see what else he’s up to,” said.
3. Billie grew up in a farm and taught her younger brother how to make her famous chocolate slice.
Network Ten wrote Billie grew up on a dairy farm in New South Wales.
“Billie would often cook dinner for the family, as well as preparing her famous chocolate slice, which she had memorized by age eight and taught her younger brother how to make.”
4. Billie calls her mother, Allison, a “superwoman” and considered her mom as her main kitchen idol, Network Ten wrote.
5. Before joining “MasterChef”, Billie works as a restaurant manager in Ballina NSW. She said, “I’m constantly questioning the chefs in the kitchen, eager to learn more and more about food and cooking.”