Steven Edwards was crowned winner of MasterChef: The Professionals 2013 after six weeks of incredible cooking and culinary challenges, and an exceptionally close final cook off.

His title was awarded by judges: legendary double Michelin-starred chef Michel Roux Jr, chef Monica Galetti and MasterChef’s seasoned diner, Gregg Wallace. The 27-year-old head chef is the seventh winner to take the coveted title.

The two other finalists were Scott Davies and Adam Handling. Steven was working at The Camellia at South Lodge Hotel when he won and his dream was to own his own restaurant within ten years.  

etch. by Steven Edwards, opened its Brighton doors to the public for the very first time in March 2017.

The MasterChef: The Professionals 2013 final

In the MasterChef: The Professionals 2013 final, Steven had to fully demonstrate his creativity, skill and determination as this year’s exceptional finalists undertook serious challenges that pushed them to their culinary limits. These included; travelling to Italy to the world’s number three restaurant, three starred Osteria Francescana, to cook for the brilliant and eccentric Massimo Bottura, and designing and preparing a Michelin standard two course menu each for over thirty world-renowned and critically acclaimed Michelin starred chefs inspectors and restaurateurs, at the esteemed Hix Mayfair, at Brown’s Hotel in the heart of London.

The final task was to prepare a three-course meal for judges Michel Roux Jr, Monica Galetti and Gregg Wallace.

Steve’s winning menu consisted of a starter of Anjou Pigeon Breast with roasted baby beetroot, caramelised feta dice, apple compote, watercress and a beetroot vinaigrette, a main of Pan Fried Stone Bass on a bed of tomato and parmesan orzo, with pureed poached and blackened Kohlrabi and a lime foam, and a dessert of Honey Cake topped with honeycomb, with poached peaches, peach compote, roast peach puree, yoghurt Espuma, a pistachio crumb and thyme syrup.