After three weeks of friendly competition, Callum Hann was crowned the winner of MasterChef All Stars last night. The 22-year-old from Adelaide won $20,000 for his chosen charity, Cancer Council, the first MasterChef trophy, and was given the opportunity of cooking Peter Gilmore’s infamous Snow Egg dessert, which he struggled with in the 2010 grand finale. Aside from being a great cook, Callum showed his super likable personality when he donated $10,000 to runner-up Chris Badenoch’s charity. We caught up with Callum to discuss whether he had an unfair advantage with the Snow Egg, social media, and why All Stars was so much fun.
Congratulations on your MasterChef All Stars win! How long have you known for? I heard you filmed two winner announcements?
Yeah, that’s true. We probably filmed it about two-three weeks ago. We filmed a version where the scores were revealed and I won, and a version where Chris won, as well. So I only found out officially yesterday afternoon.
I don’t really understand how this whole double endings thing works. You have to act really excited in one, then not as excited in another . . .
It’s really bizarre. Obviously we can all cook, but none of us are particularly good actors. [Laughs] It’s a bizarre way to film television but I guess it just means they can keep the secret as long as possible, rather than just doing one and risking it getting out on Twitter or Facebook.
This is the first series of MasterChef where the contestants have had a presence on social media during the show.
It’s usually so strict and you can’t have a Twitter or Facebook while you’re on the show. If you do have one, you have to shut it down.
More from Callum when you keep reading.