He was crowned the winner of MasterChef Australia in May while filming for the reality cooking show.
But that win wasn’t even the biggest milestone in Justin Narayan’s life that week, as the 27-year-old youth pastor married long-time partner Esther Smoothy just days after shooting.
according to women’s Day, the reality star exchanged vows with his girlfriend of two years in Perth.
Just married! MasterChef winner Justin Narayan married his girlfriend of two years Esther Smoothy, according to Woman’s Day. The couple pictured here in May
Justin rated the event above his MasterChef win, calling the wedding “the best day of my entire life.”
The ceremony was held on the Swan River in Perth’s Midland and attended by: his fellow 2021 MasterChef alums Pete Campbell, Brent Draper, Minoli De Silva and Amir Manoly.
In an interview with the magazine, Justin revealed that the couple wanted kids “immediately” and that he planned to buy a home with his $250,000 prize money from the show.
It comes after the chef initially said in an interview with News.com that he wanted to invest in his money after updating his kitchen at home.
Killer view: The ceremony was held on the Swan River in Perth’s Midland and was attended by fellow 2021 MasterChef alums Pete Campbell, Brent Draper, Minoli De Silva and Amir Manoly
Changing his tune: Narayan previously said he had plans to update his kitchen with his $250,000 winners’ prize money before investing the rest, but now says he will use it to buy the couple a home
“I still have some work to do in the kitchen and go from there,” he explained at the time.
“I’m going to try to make some smart investments, and I’m going to create some online content. But I need experience in the kitchen to work towards opening my own place.’
While he’s in no rush to open his own restaurants, he said the idea is “definitely in the works.”
Narayan was elated after winning the top prize by beating fellow finalists Kishwar Chowdhury and Pete Campbell.
On the cards! While he’s not rushing to open his own restaurants, he said the idea is “definitely in the works.”
Winner’s grin: Justin won this year’s MasterChef title at the show’s nail-biting finale on Tuesday
“I feel incredibly honored and humbled to have that title and be able to win this competition,” said the stunned chef on the evening.
“I’m really going to take a week to process this and let it sink in, and then I’ll write you an email just to let you know how I feel.”
A gracious Justin congratulated both Kishwar, 38, and Pete and praised them for making it to the final.
Glorious win: He took home a whopping $250,000 in prize money, along with the coveted MasterChef trophy
“First of all, I want to praise Kish and Pete for being the most incredible people to cook with,” he began.
“Kish, you are a great cook and you should be so proud.”
Justin turned to Pete, 36, saying he considered him a “big brother” after the two men developed a close friendship during the match.
Grateful: An emotional Justin thanked his proud parents, saying he was ‘very grateful for everything you sacrificed and gave to be here, to have these opportunities’
“Pete, I look up to you in so many ways, you’re like my big brother. I certainly wouldn’t be here today without your encouragement, without your support,” he added.
Although he didn’t take first place, Pete won $30,000 for his second place finish, while Kishwar, who came in third in the competition, won $20,000.
An emotional Justin turned and thanked his proud parents, saying he was “very grateful for everything you sacrificed and given to be here to have these opportunities.”
Runner-up: A gracious Justin congratulated both Kishwar Chowdhury and Pete Campbell (pictured) and praised them for making it to the final
“First of all, I want to praise Kish and Pete for being the most incredible people to cook with,” he began. Pictured, finalist Kishwar Chowdhury
Strangely, Justin had to be reminded by Judge Jock Zonfrillo to thank his fiancée.
Esther stood next to him during the final.
“You’re so incredibly beautiful, and I love you so much, and I’m sorry I haven’t planned the wedding for the past six months, but I think I can afford it now,” he joked.
Stirring up a storm: The show’s finalists were tasked with recreating two dishes from celebrity chef Peter Gilmore – one savory and one sweet