Young Basingstoke chef crowned winner of new BBC Three cooking show hosted by Stacey Dooley

A woman from BASINGSTOKE has taken the crown in the grand finale of the new Hungry For It cooking competition.

The show, hosted by Stacey Dooley, which made its debut on BBC Three in early June, saw ten novice cooks take the ultimate crash course in how to succeed in the food business.

Mentored by TV cook Big Zuu and chef Kay Kay, a personal chef to stars like Drake, P Diddy, Demi Lovato and Justin Bieber, cooks across the UK have had the chance to hone their skills and put their skills to the test, with the chance to win a culinary journey of a lifetime, working restaurants around the world.

After eight weeks of grueling challenges, this week the three remaining cooks entered the Hungry For It hub as finalists.

They were Joe Twyford, 24, from Bristol, Serena Appleby, 28, from Accrington and Amelia Ng, 24, from Basingstoke.

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Amelia, whose grandparents are from Hong Kong, went through the process with determination to add a twist to her dishes inspired by her Asian heritage.

For the latest Level Up challenge, cooks were asked to reinvent their favorite childhood dishes and each deliver two plates.

After this round, Joe was eliminated

The latest Service Challenge then saw the final two cooks enter the world of Kayla’s private kitchen as they are tasked with creating rival four-course menus for a celebrity client: actor, comedian and musician Michael Dapaah and 20 celebrity friends, including top rapper AJ Tracey, DJ and radio presenter Snoochie Shy and WBO cruiserweight boxing champion Lawrence Okolie.

Over the past day, the kitchens have seen drama, tears, and triumph from the two top cooks, leaving Kayla and Zuu with their toughest decision of the entire process.

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However, on Tuesday July 26, the mentors finally crowned Amelia from Basingstoke as the winner.

Big Zuu said, “Amelia, no words could describe the energy you have. Seeing yourself in the kitchen, you are focused, you are doing the work. Your menu was well put together, your main course was amazing.

Reacting to the news, Amelia said: “It’s been a crazy journey for me. Thanks to my mentors and everyone here.

“It means a lot. Now I can go globetrotting!

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