Irini Tzortzoglou (right) triumphed in the first all-female final of the cooking competition.
The nation may be rather fed up at the moment, but viewers of tonight’s MasterChef found solace, laughter and a real admiration for the three women in the all-female final on BBC One to distract themselves from current events.
When retiree Irini Tzortzoglou, and her Greek-infused dishes, won the hearts of Gregg Wallace and John Torode, she asked if she could share the trophy with the other competitors.
But all three contestants won fans on social media for their supportive ways, as viewers took to twitter to celebrate them. @thewisdomtooth said “I don’t care who wins, they’re all bloody awesome!”
Best thing about #MasterChef final is the three chefs absolutely supporting each other. I don't care who wins, they're all bloody awesome!
— thewisdomtooth (@thewisdomtooth) March 29, 2019
While comedian Jenny Eclair called the viewing experience “telly balm to the nation’s soul” congratulating the “three fabulous women” in the final.
#masterchef, telly balm to the nations soul, congratulations to all 3 fabulous women
— Jenny Eclair (@jennyeclair) March 29, 2019
Pointless’ Richard Osman couldn’t pick a winner, joining in to express his love of their efforts.
Just love all three of these finalists on #Masterchef
— Richard Osman (@richardosman) March 29, 2019
But it wasn’t just the supportiveness that fans were lauding, but also the diversity of the line-up too.
#Masterchef has made me very happy. Irini, a British woman of Greek origin. Delia, a young woman from Essex, fluent in 5 languages. Jilly, gay former rugby captain. All excellent. Perfect antidote to the tadpoles filling the news bulletins today. Diolch #Masterchef
— cris dafis (@crisdafis) March 29, 2019
— Andrew Dwyer (@andrewcdwyer) March 29, 2019
Winner Irini Tzortzoglou said afterwards: “I’m trembling, I’m floating on air, I don’t think my feet are touching the ground right now. What an experience, I just don’t have the words to say how thrilled and grateful I am.
"I’m trembling, I’m floating on air, I don’t think my feet are touching the ground right now." – Irini Tzortzoglou crowned #MasterChef 2019 Champion in the first ever all-female final: https://t.co/mQCGz4FlIB pic.twitter.com/XeyitOyJQO
— BBC Press Office (@bbcpress) March 29, 2019
2019 is the fifteenth year of the the competition to find the best amateur chef in the country, but it is the first time MasterChef has had an all-female final.
Before John Torode announced this year’s winner, Wallace said to the three finalists: “Watching you grow, watching you achieve your personal goals, I’ve found uplifting. I think today was a proper celebration of culinary art done by people who are obviously completely in love with what they do. It’s joyous.”
Speaking about this year’s competition, he added: “I have loved loved loved this year’s competition. We’ve had lawyers, engineers, digger drivers, estate agents, flight attendants, sculptors, nurses – people from all walks of life.”
You can watch the final now on BBC iPlayer.