Winner of MasterChef: The Professionals 2018 revealed

Laurence Henry has won this year’s MasterChef: The Professionals.

The young chef, 26, cooked his way to victory tonight after wowing judges Marcus Wareing, Monica Galetti and Gregg Wallace with his three-course masterpiece.

Tonight, Laurence was hailed for "cooking from the heart" and branded "the next generation" by Monica and Marcus.

"It has been a really long journey, I have certainly learnt a lot about myself and found my feet," Laurence said. "With this kind of ending who knows what the future holds; it is just so exciting. Hopefully though this is the first step in the long road to the chef I want to be one day."

Meanwhile Gregg added: "For a chef so young he is an immense talent. He has a hunger for knowledge and he is willing to push himself until he accomplishes greatness."

Laurence, from Nottingham, had been competing against finalists Dean Banks, 30, and Oli Martin, 30, in a bid to win the BBC competition.

In the final task, each of the finalists had to create their own three-course meal.

Laurence’s starter consisted of a hand-dived scallop marinated cherry tomatoes, roast tomato dashi, strawberries and coriander oil seasoned with sansho pepper.

Next up was his main of loin and belly of suckling pig, kimchi glaze, braised fermented hispi cabbage hearts, Nashi pear puree and sliced pears.

To finish, he served the judges aerated mint white chocolate, lemongrass and coconut ice cream, passion fruit ripple and caramelised white chocolate crumb.

Opening up about his plans for the future after winning the show, Laurence said: "I still have a lot to learn in my current role so I don’t plan on moving on any time soon. I am exploring the possibility of opening my own restaurant in the future, however before all this I plan on having a bit of time off and travelling."

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