Mat Follas

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Mat Follas was the winner of the BBC's MasterChef programme in 2009. He was born in the UK, to New Zealand parents and grew up in New Zealand. He moved to the UK when in his 20s and is now the father of three children.[1]

Follas won MasterChef by beating Andy Oliver and Chris Gates in the grand final. His final winning dish consisted of a starter of trio of rabbit with nettles and pancetta crisps; a main of spider crab thermidor accompanied with mussels, foraged sea vegetables and a side of chips; and for dessert a creamy lavender and blackberry mousse with honeycomb and blackberry sauce.[2]

Following MasterChef, Follas, a well known collector of postcards, opened his own restaurant later in 2009, 'The Wild Garlic' in Beaminster, Dorset.[3], but this subsequently closed in 2013 indirectly as result of a road closure following the collapse of the Beaminster tunnel [4].

Follas has since opened a small cafe and evening restaurant, Bramble Cafe in Poundbury, Dorchester and published his books FISH and Vegetable Perfection.[5]


  1. ^ Revoir, Paul (2009-02-27). "Mat Follas wins MasterChef... but is forced to put dreams of opening restaurant on ice as financial crisis bites". Daily Mail. London.
  2. ^ "Mat Follas wins MasterChef 2009". The Daily Telegraph. London. 2009-02-27. Retrieved 2010-05-12.
  3. ^ Follas, Mat. "The Wild Garlic". Retrieved 4 April 2018.
  4. ^ Retrieved 15 April 2018. Missing or empty |title= (help)
  5. ^ Follas, Mat. "Mat Follas". Retrieved 4 April 2018.

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Preceded by
James Nathan
BBC Masterchef champion
Succeeded by
Dhruv Baker