Maitland’s Andy Allen is the 2012 MasterChef winner.Maitland’s Andy Allen is Australia’s new MasterChef.

After a gruelling cook-off last night, Allen proved his prowess in the kitchen and brought home the title from Australia’s most popular television series.

Allen, 24, an electrician and Mustangs basketball player, is the son of Peter and Maree Allen of East Maitland, who looked on proudly from the sidelines as their son felt the heat inside MasterChef headquarters in Sydney.

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Mrs Allen said she never dreamed such a “magical thing would happen to our family”.

Allen began the night in a three-way competition with Sydney-sider Audra Morrice and Queenslander Julia Taylor.

Morrice was eliminated after the first test leaving Allen and Taylor to battle it out for the first prize of $100,000 cash, a publishing deal and culinary training with Australia’s top chefs.

Taylor won the entree test, but Allen blitzed the main course before sealing the competition – 76 points to 68 – with his dessert.

Allen said he was “over the moon”.

Allen has already had offers from MasterChef judge Matt Preston to produce a Mexican travelogue TV series starring Allen and his best MasterChef mate Ben Milbourne, who was eliminated earlier this week.

Dubbed the “dude food”

specialist, Allen is keen to make good his plans with Milbourne. The pair became close mates

during their time on the show.

In his MasterChef exit

interview, Milbourne, 30, a teacher from Tasmania, said he and Allen would remain best friends after the show.

They plan to open a restaurant together or travel to Mexico to learn more about food.

“We made a promise to each other that in the next two years we would do something together,” Milbourne said.

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