MasterChef's 'joy' at culinary win
Londoner Steve Groves has been crowned the champion of BBC Two competition MasterChef: The Professionals.
The 28-year-old, originally from Essex, called his win "amazing" and vowed to "become the best chef", with his own restaurant serving British food.
Over a week of challenges, Groves edged ahead of fellow finalists Marianne Lumb and Daniel Graham.
Competition judge Michel Roux Jr said: "Steve has all the talents required to make it to the top."
Fellow judge Gregg Wallace agreed, saying: "I have absolutely no doubt that Steve is going to go on and have a very glittering career and will be a serious player in the culinary world."
He added that Groves possessed the perfect foundations to be an "exceptional chef".
The finalists' ultimate challenge was to create and prepare a three-course meal for the judges.
Groves' winning menu consisted of a starter of roast quail with scotch egg, morels and asparagus, a main of venison loin with potato rosti, watercress puree and roasted beetroot.
He finished off with a dessert of millefeuille of raspberries and bitter chocolate with lavender and honey ice cream.
He said his late father - who motivated him to carry on cooking - would have thought his success was "unbelievable".