After the shock exit of front running MasterChef favourite Rishi Desai in the semi-finals last week, it appeared to be an even playing field in the battle for this year's top culinary title.
But after a set of nail-biting challenges that were tackled under immense pressure by top three finalists Emma Dean, Samira El Khafir and Lynton Tapp, it was Melbourne foodie Dean who came out on top.
The 35-year-old claimed victory in the third and final pressure-test round which saw her go up against Tapp, who also panned out to be a strong contender, to win this year's series.
Winning by just four points, Dean has not only won $100,000 in cash but has also landed a cookbook deal and the opportunity to work in the kitchens of some of Australia's best chefs.
"I just can't believe it, it really hasn't sunk in yet," Dean said. "The whole experience feels like a dream, what a rollercoaster."
Tapp and El Khafir won't leave the competition empty-handed, having both received cash grants of $20,000 and $10,000 respectively to help kick-start their food dreams.
Meanwhile, Ten yesterday revealed that it will be dumping all of its MasterChef spin-offs - which includes the Professionals, All Stars, Celebrity and Kids versions - to instead focus on pumping up the original cooking series when it returns next year.
"The whole experience feels like a dream, what a rollercoaster."