Andy Allen Wins Masterchef and Katie Holmes' Fashion Sales Soar
25th OF July 2012
Andy Allen has taken out the Masterchef title for 2012 and Katie Holmes sees her fashion line sales increase since her split with Tom Cruise.
Andy Allen, the laid back, all-Aussie contestant on Masterchef 2012 has taken out the title beating third placed pocket rocket, Audra Morrice and came from behind to beat Julia Taylor at the post.
According to PopSugar: The 24-year-old former apprentice electrician from NSW took out the competition, beating second runner-up Audra Morrice and runner-up Julia Taylor. He scored a grand total of 76 out of a possible 90 points at the end of three rounds.
In the first challenge, he created an entree of seared tuna with cauliflower and squid ink puree for 35 guests; in the second challenge, an invention test, he cooked up a modern fisherman’s basket after being asked to create "Australia's national dish"; and finally, he cooked a Christine Mansfield-set dessert, a ‘Gaytime Goes Nuts,’ in a pressure test that decided the final result.
As the winner of MasterChef 2012, Andy gets $100,000, a cookbook deal, and work experience in some of the best kitchens in Australia. But Julia and Audra didn’t finish empty-handed — Julia was given $15,000 from American Express and a paid internship offer with Adriano Zumbo, while Audra also received $5,000 from American Express.
Congrats to all! Were you surprised Andy won the 2012 title?
Katie Holmes' fashion line has seen sales increase since she split from Tom Cruise. The 33-year-old actress-and-designer has reportedly seen her Holmes & Yang sales soar after she announced the end of her five-year marriage to the 'Mission: Impossible' actor last month. Since then Katie's range - which was previously stocked in Harvey Nichols in the UK before the shop opted against buying it for the autumn/winter 2012-13 season - has seen a sales increase in stores such as Barney's and Bergdorf Goodman, according to sales assistants.
A former Bergdorf Goodman executive told The New York Times: "The way she's getting photographed today, she's in a position to get more exposure than ever before. She's not waiting for fashion editors and stylists to come and pull her clothes."
Following the announcement of the couple's divorce, Katie - who has been granted primary custody of her and Tom's six-year-old daughter, Suri - has been photographed a number of times in her own designs, and fashion designer David Zyla believes the couple's split was a "dream publicity opportunity" for her range.
He told Fox News: "Katie's divorce and the masterful manner in which she handled it, is shining a light onto anything that she does at this moment. "This is a dream publicity opportunity for the label. The buyers will actually place their orders after the September show for delivery in February, so we will [have a better idea of its success] in the autumn/winter 2012-13 season. "Provided that the collection is on-trend as well as purchased and merchandised well by the store buyers, I predict a tremendous amount of interest in the collection at the retail level when it hits stores next February."
"The retail customer will pay the collection special notice, not only due to the styling but as art created by a role model who they respect for handling what would have been such a messy situation with such ease and poise."
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