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Masterchef Winner Announced
Australian MasterChef 2017 winner is Diana Chan (CCSS Level: Grade 6, Words: 427)
Aug 18, 2017 Culture & Entertainment

At the end of Monday night's two-and-a-half hour finale, Diana Chan defeated Ben Ungermann by just one point which many viewers thought was just a little too "convenient". Chan, 29, an accountant from Victoria, triumphed over Queensland's Ungermann whose cooking ability was hampered when he sliced his finger.

It's been, to quote the 2017 winner, "a crazy 24 hours. There has been lots of love and support coming from so many different directions, it's been overwhelming. "

Her specialty, she says, is "cooking dishes that incorporate lots of greens and herbs - everything that's fresh and creating a well balanced, wholesome meal in under an hour."

Which is what we're all trying to do, every night, isn't it? Here are some of her cooking tips.

"I always have lots of fresh herbs on hand. I don't have a herb garden but I usually buy them and put them in a container, wrap in some damp paper towels to keep them moist so they don't dry out and keep longer. Herbs are a great way of injecting flavour into meals and they're also really good for you. Parsley would have to be my favourite and coriander is a close second."

"I do meal prep over the week, because as with everyone, coming home after a day of work I want something there almost ready that will make cooking easier. One of the things I do is a big pot of stock every week. I'll get a whole chicken and dissect it and to make the stock, then I'll eat the meat or I'll poach the breast and make it into a salad. I can usually get three meals out of one chook."

"I love to make my own infused oils, either chilli or something like rosemary. They're a grea way to flavour salads or roasted vegetables. Just chuck some rosemary in a jar with olive oil and let that infuse, but when you see it, heat it up with a bit of garlic for a real kick of flavour. "

"I usually make a lot when I'm making something like curry paste or pesto, because you always end up with more ingredients than you'll use once, and they'll go to waste otherwise. I pop the leftovers into an ice-cube tray and freeze them, then the next time I feel like curry or pesto I just pop out a cube and defrost it."

The first ever MasterChef final, in 2009, clocked up more than three million viewers. However last night's event pulled in less than half those numbers.

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