Eighteen-year-old McReynolds, who has no experience in the industry, was declared the winner of the cook school's £30k scholarship at an award ceremony in London last night (Wednesday).
The scholarship includes training at Le Cordon Bleu at its Centre of Excellence in Bloomsbury Square, London, a nine month apprenticeship with Koffmann at his Knightsbridge restaurant and accommodation.
McReynolds, who counts chefs Clare Smyth and Phil Howard as her inspiration, said: "I am thrilled. I owe an enormous amount to the dozens of friends and family who have supported me.”
Le Grand Diplôme was introduced last year to give 17 to 20-year-olds with no experience of the industry, a chance to learn from the best in the industry. Last year's winner, Abigail Watson, landed an apprenticeship with Tom Aikens.