Celebrity MasterChef 2021 crowns winner in grueling final

Celebrity MasterChef 2021 spoilers follow.

Kadeena Cox has followed up her gold medals at the Tokyo Paralympic Games as the Celebrity MasterChef 2021 winner.

The parasport athlete became this year’s Queen of the MasterChef Kitchen in a gruelling finale on Friday night (September 17), after winning out over fellow finalists Megan McKenna and Joe Swash.

“I gave everything I could today,” she said following her victory. “I am absolutely buzzing. This smile is not disappearing from my face for a while. I am just proud of myself for doing it.

© BBC Celebrity MasterChef 2021: Kadeena Cox

“I didn’t change who I was, I learnt along the way but I was still Kadeena right to the end. It has just been a great journey and one that I am never going to forget.”

Friday’s finale saw Kadeena win over judges Gregg Wallace and John Torode with a three-course meal featuring torched salmon marinated in lime juice with caviar, tempura prawn topped with a crabmeat mayonnaise, asparagus salad, plus a Bloody Mary granite for its opening course.

© Shine TV – BBC Celebrity MasterChef 2021 has crowned its winner after a gruelling three-course final.

For the main course, she served French trimmed rack of lamb, Caribbean curried goat pie, roasted carrots, spinach, silver skin onions and a lamb curry sauce.

If you weren’t already in a food coma, Kadeena topped off her meal with a Choux au Craquelin filled with mascarpone whipped cream as well as hazelnut praline crumb and tempered chocolate.

© BBC Celebrity Masterchef Kadeena

“So many times during this year’s competition I forgot Kadeena had Multiple Sclerosis and was not only battling for the trophy but had her own personal battle going on,” John Torode said.

“She just never let up, she didn’t stop! For me, she is a true inspiration. Her food is special, not just because it is technically brilliant but also because it has heart, it’s got soul and it’s got love.”

Gregg Wallace agreed: “What a lovely, lovely final. Today from Kadeena we got very special dishes. It’s not just the quality of Kadeena’s cooking, it’s the originality of the ideas.

“There is a reason she has a bedroom full of medals, she is a serious competitor.”

© Shine TV – BBC John Torode and Gregg Wallace on Celebrity MasterChef season 16

Congratulations, Kadeena!

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