MasterChef pays tribute to Matt Campbell who died after London Marathon collapse

MasterChef has paid tribute to former contestant Matt Campbell, 29, who died after collapsing during the London Marathon.

The ‘ground-breaking and innovative’ chef competed in MasterChef: The Professionals back in 2017 where he reached the semi-final stage of the compeition.

Before that he finished second on BBC’s Young Chef of the Year in 2009 when he was 20 years old.

A spokesperson for MasterChef said Matt’s time on the show would never be forgotten, and their thoughts were with his family and friends.

They said in a statement: "We are shocked and saddened to hear the news about Matt Campbell, one of our talented contestants from last year. It was a privilege to have him on the show.

"He will always be remembered for producing some of the most innovative and ground-breaking food that we saw on the series.

"From the whole MasterChef team, our sincere condolences and thoughts are with his family and friends.”

Food critic Jay Rayner also took to social media to remember the ‘clever and creative’ chef.

"Awful news. I presented Matt with an award for outstanding achievement at last month’s Cumbria Life Food and Drink Awards.

"He was clever and […[ hugely creative and innovative. My thoughts are with his family."

Rayner then urged his followers to donate to Matt’s charity fund raising page he set up ahead of the marathon.

Matt was running for the Brathay Trust, which aims to improve the lives of children and young people.

While fellow critic Grace Dent tweeted: "Brilliant, clever, funny, incredibly talented Matt. This is unfathomable."

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