Diana Chan is the first Malaysian woman to win MasterChef Australia

The Johor-born home cook wins the reality TV cooking competition in a nail-biter finale

By Lydia Chan | Published: 25 Jul 2017

Diana is Masterchef
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Congratulations are in order for 29-year-old Malaysian Diana Chan as she has just been crowned this year's Masterchef Australia!

Last night, the Melbourne-based accountant and aspiring chef went head-to-head with fellow contestant Ben Ungermann in the finale's three-course showdown. Ultimately, Diana was declared the winner, thanks to her precious one-point lead, earning her AUD250,000 and a monthly food column in Delicious magazine.

Diana was born in Johor Bahru and moved to Kuala Lumpur in her teens before moving to Australia when she was 19, according to The Star Online.

Talking about her future plans, Diana said she hopes to open a "fresh and casual" restaurant in inner Melbourne. "I definitely want to have Malaysian influences. But balanced, wholesome and delicious – that's my criteria," she added. She demonstrated this with one of her finale dishes, Malaysian-inspired oatmeal prawns.

This is not the first time a Malaysian won the Masterchef Australia title – Adam Liaw, who was born in Penang but grew up in Adelaide, won in 2010. Malaysia boleh!

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