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Credit controller wins MasterChef final

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3rd May 2013
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Natalie Coleman is used to whisking up a healthy cash flow, but now the 2013 MasterChef winner is turning her hand to soufflés and scotch eggs.

The East London credit controller and part-time DJ was the third female to win the MasterChef title at the end of its 11th series.

Coleman, 29, saw off rivals Larkin Cen and Dale Williams in the final and has given up her job in finance to go full time working in a kitchen.

Coleman’s winning menu was a three-course banquet starting with a lobster tail teamed with fennel; a main of roast pork belly with pork tenderloin, pomme puree and black pudding scotch egg; and vanilla chocolate pannacotta with bitter chocolate tuile, caramelised pears and hazelnut crumble biscuits for dessert.

“I can’t believe I won MasterChef with a scotch egg,” she told The Guardian.

The final drew in millions of viewers after eight weeks of challenges that whittled down 50 amateur chefs to the final three.

A self-confessed ‘proper cockney’, Coleman said she went into finance as she was good at maths in school.

She attributes her interest and success in cooking to her Irish grandfather. After her grandmother died when Coleman was 16, she started preparing meals for her grandfather as she was sick of seeing his freezer full of “frozen pies”.

Masterchef judge John Torode told the Daily Mirror: “I think Natalie is destined for great things. She not only understands finery of great food, but she cooks for the people, food that people want to eat. She makes people smile and she’s not fazed by a thing.” 

The final was filmed on 11 December, so Coleman had to keep the win secret for months - which she admitted was something of a strain. 

It's sad to see someone turn their back on a promising career in finance, but this time AccountingWEB's Born Dull?! team is proud to salute this credit-controller turned creme-brulee-creamer as she looks forward to a promising culinary career. 

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