Retired Greek Banker Makes History Winning Masterchef UK 2019

Irini Tzortzoglou won Masterchef UK 2019. Shot from BBC iplayer

Irini Tzortzoglou, a 61-year old retired banker won Masterchef UK 2019 competing against two other female amateur cooks for the title of Masterchef.

Tzortzoglou, or simply Irini, as she is better known in Britain, managed to amaze John Torode and Gregg Wallace, the judges of the popular BBC One television show.

Her winning dishes were squid risotto, griddled lamb chops, and fig leaf ice cream, all of which were cooked with Greek elements and flavors, something that amazed the judges.

Wallace, speaking about Irini’s talent said ”you can learn cooking technique. What you can’t put into somebody is absolute love and passion; and Irini is just bursting with it!”.

After receiving her prize, Irini burst into tears saying that she was thrilled and grateful adding that ”I can finally say that I believe in me!”

Irini was born in Heraklion, Crete, but in her early twenties she moved to the United Kingdom; for years now, she has lived in Cumbria but divides most of her time between Britain and her native island in Greece.

Irini had huge fan support throughout the competition. Here are some of the comments people posted on Twitter after her win: