New Zealand's latest MasterChef winner last night started planning for a future in food, with a cookbook and new restaurant in her sights.

Chelsea Winter, 28, an Auckland marketing executive, edged out mother-of-three Ana Schwarz.

Ms Winter last night said she plans to put her new skills to good use.

"Step one is obviously the cookbook. Someday in future I would like to own my own establishment and take the first step in my new life."


Runner-up Mrs Schwarz told the Herald she was shocked: "I thought I was going to win. I actually couldn't think straight for a couple of minutes."

Despite this, she said the experience had been fantastic and she was now a star in her own right. "The [two] children were sad that Mummy didn't win. But they were so happy to have Mummy back."