FUNNYMAN Ade Edmondson has been crowned the winner of Celebrity MasterChef for his “mind-blowing” food.
The 56-year-old comic actor and writer – who has starred in The Young Ones and Bottom – joked that he would be celebrating with beans on toast after weeks of perfecting his skills on complex dishes.
Edmondson, who has a home in Chagford on Dartmoor and is a big Exeter City fan, beat fellow finalists Les Dennis and Janet Street-Porter to the title by cooking a faultless three-course meal of venison and sea bass.
Ade said he was shocked and delighted to win the award.
“I never really expected to win, I thought I’d just go on there to have fun,” he said.
“It was a lot more stressful than I thought – everyone else was actually very good at cooking.
“Everyone knows how to cook, you wouldn’t go on the programme if you didn’t know how to cook, but the difference was that I was making restaurant standard food. I had to practice a lot, cooking for my family.” He added: “I’m very, very chuffed, I’ve spent most of my life being second, so to actually come top it feels very weird. It feels unusual, but I’m very, very pleased indeed. It’s quite nice to be first.”
Judge John Torode said the winner’s dishes were “delicious and absolutely mind-blowing”.
Fellow judge while Gregg Wallace said: “What Ade has learnt along the way has just already enhanced the good cook that he was when he walked in here.”
Speaking to the Echo after his victory, Ade said his favourite dish to cook was Christmas dinner with plenty of vegetables with parmesan, and cabbage and parsnips with pine nuts.
At home in Chagford he usually cooks the big meals, though his wife, comedian Jennifer Saunders, also cooks and Ade described her cooking as “just naturally absolutely brilliant.”
Away from the kitchen the Grecians fan has attended all the home games so far this season, but said the football was better than the food at St James’s Park. “I always have the pasties and it has to be said they’ve gone up and down,” he said. “It’s alright – but the crust is a bit too thick.”
Ade will be making his next appearance with his band The Bad Shepherds at Exeter Phoenix on Friday, November 22.
The winning menu
Starter Pan-seared loin of venison, with a pepper crust, served with celeriac remoulade and lambs lettuce.
Main Butterflied fillet of sea bass stuffed with scallop mousse and served with a deconstructed ratatouille sauce.
Dessert Strawberries in caramel syrup, topped with a caraway shortbread and a raspberry sorbet.