Andy Allen (right) shares the joy of his MasterChef win with his sister Philippa and parents Peter and Maree.MasterChef’s gain is the Maitland Mustangs loss as fledgling celebrity chef Andy Allen trades hoops for

hollandaise in his new role as the dude food specialist.

As Allen rapidly gains popularity following Wednesday’s MasterChef win, his duties as basketballer with the Mustangs will be forced to take a back seat.

Click the image below for more pics of Andy in action in the kitchen and on the basketball court

“I would say we’ve lost him for a while and he definitely won’t make our finals, but this is fantastic news,” Mustangs general manager Chris Heath said.

“Andy is a great bloke who really deserves this success. He’s the sort of guy who would do anything for you, he’s outgoing and he’s going to make a great chef.”

Heath said Allen, 24, of East Maitland, was one of the team’s top players.

“Andy won’t be with us for the finals, but he won’t be a stranger,” he said.

Allen, also an apprentice electrician, said he was over the moon with the win.

“I bet you no one would have picked me at the start to win – let alone two weeks ago. I’m so happy that I know my life will involve food,” Allen said following the nail-biting final.

“I am overwhelmed.

“I never thought this would happen. It just goes to show what you can do if you put your mind to something you love.

“For me, the most important thing is to keep learning and whatever I do next that’s my priority.

“Now that I’ve realised how

quickly I can take on skills and learn more, I just want to push myself to find out how far I can go.

“I’m a quick learner; any technique that was thrown at me I had to master. There was no time in the competition that I really knew what I was doing. I’m so happy with my progress.”

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