Five Minutes with MasterChef Runner-Up: Lynton Tapp

He was definitely the audience favourite going into the finale last night, but Lynton Tapp just missed out on the MasterChef title this year. We spoke with the Northern Territory stockman about the show and what he’d like to do next.

Lynton TappQ: How does it feel now that the winner of MasterChef has finally been revealed?

The show last night was the reveal for Emma and myself, so that we were on the edge of our seats for the whole episode – we watched it together. I’ve had a couple of weeks reprieve to get my head straight and think about where I’m going, which has been really good. And I’ve had some great advice and guidance from past competitors.

Q: How does it feel to make the final two and go the whole way in the competition?

It’s incredible. The more I think about it, the more I talk about it… It was a near-impossible task for me and now that I realise that I did it, I’m proud of myself. There are very few moments in my life where I’ve said that or recognised that. Not only to reach the final but to score a perfect dish in the final of MasterChef – I’ve definitely left my legacy in the finals.

Q: Everyone has mentioned how much you’ve learnt during your time in the competition…

I did have growth, but it wouldn’t have happened the way it did without the guidance and help of the other competitors. I learnt so much from them in the house, just talking about food and cooking with them. That’s where most of my knowledge and improvement came from, people like Rishi and Christina and Daniel and Lucy. We’d just sit and talk about food, and practice together.

Q: Would you change anything about what you cooked for the finale?

I’m extremely satisfied with what I did. I cooked the dishes that I loved – I do love cooking steak but I have a huge South-East Asian influence. When I cook by myself, I can plan ahead and get five or 10 steps ahead, but as for a recipe, that’s where I get tripped up!

Q: How will the prize money change your life, and what’s coming up next for you?

I want to earn my stripes as a cook and hopefully become a career chef. I’m trying hard to get as much work experience as I can in Melbourne, and hopefully through that someone will recognise my hard work and commitment to the industry and offer me an apprenticeship or a job, and I can continue learning.

Q: What three words best describe the MasterChef experience?

Exhausting. Incredible. Friends.