Kate wins MasterChef, but fewer tune in

Posted by AFN Staff Writers on 8th August 2011

Channel Ten’s MasterChef 2011 has ended with contestant Kate Bracks being narrowly crowned the winner over second-placed Michael Weldon last night, August 7.

“I’m still pinching myself!” said Bracks. “If in the Top 50 someone had told me I was going to win I’d have laughed at them. I can’t believe it; I’ve done it!

“A big milestone too was making the Top 5. I guess quite a few of us in the house had been saying from the beginning, ‘I wonder who’s going to be in the Top 5?’ I’d always put other people in that, never myself, so to actually get there I think that was the point where I thought I have a shot at this!”

Bracks wins $100,000 and a cookbook publishing deal. She also plans to open a Bed and Breakfast on the outskirts of her home town of Orange.

“Obviously there’s a lot of work that has to go into seeing if it’s actually viable, business plans and finding the right property, but I’d really like to see if I can get that off the ground.”

Meanwhile, the ABC has reported that ratings for the final dropped to 2.659 million metropolitan viewers, down from the 3.962 million who viewed last year’s final.

In a decision that has been heavily criticised by fans on social media websites, Channel Ten split the broadcast of the final in half, showing another reality television show in between.