In the closest MasterChef final ever, both Devon's Anton Piotrowski, 30, and Keri Moss, 41, have become the first ever joint-winners in the history of the competition, it was announced last night .
After four intense weeks, and a tough semi-final in which Keri and Anton battled head-to-head but both won a place in the final week, their MasterChef: The Professionals 2012 title was awarded by judges: double Michelin-starred chef Michel Roux Jr and food writer and ingredients expert, Gregg Wallace.
Anton Piotrowski, who lives in South Devon with his wife Clare, where they run their pub, The Treby Arms in Sparkwell, near Plymouth, said: "It's absolutely amazing; to share the title with someone that's so talented and so amazing is unreal. It's a good start to the rest of my life, mind blowing!"
Keri Moss said: "Joint winners is just fantastic, we've had a good run together, Anton is awesome."
She added: "Today has surpassed anything that I have ever achieved in my career, in my whole life, this is just massive."
Michel Roux Jr said: "This has probably been one of the hardest, tightest finals that I have ever seen. It was just impossible to split them – their talents have been matched plate for plate for the past several challenges and it was truly impossible to award one the title over the other."
Gregg Wallace added: "What an amazing final, I can't ever remember a decision this tight."
The judges couldn't separate the chefs and speaking whilst trying to decide the winner Gregg Wallace said: "Keri's cooking today was out of this world, incredible. I'm so impressed with her. Anton is an exceptional talent and had a brilliant competition, but for me I want to eat Keri's food more than anybody I've met in a long, long time.
He added: "I don't know what magic is running through Keri's fingertips, I don't know who poured the passion into her soul, but you can feel it and you can taste it on dish after dish."