Digital Spy gave Shelina a quick call this morning to find out whether her victory has started to sink in.
What's the response been like since the show aired last night?
"It's been really overwhelming. I've had lots of great feedback from people on Twitter, people have been emailing me, texting me, it's been really lovely."
Did you have to keep the result secret from everyone?
"I'd only told my mum and my husband, so it was a real shock for everyone when they watched the final. It was really tricky having to lie, but there was a good reason for it and I don't feel so bad now."
When did you begin to think that you could be MasterChef champion? After that final three-course meal, you must have been feeling pretty positive, right?
"In all honesty, there wasn't a point where I thought I was going to win. Tom and Andrew are absolutely incredible. We didn't get to taste each other's food, but from what they were saying and what I could see, it looked incredible. I think the boys were pretty confident about it all behind the scenes so I never really thought I was going to win."
Were there any moments that you thought you would be eliminated by John and Gregg?
"I was a bit shaky to begin with, wasn't I? My first invention test with chicken and rice was a bit shabby, then I did a lamb dish that didn't go right and there was the incident with the mousse that didn't set. So there were plenty of times in the competition where I thought my time was up."
What was your highlight from across the series?
"I think when Gregg tasted my trio of desserts. It was my first dessert, it was the mango trifle and rum baba and Gregg really couldn't keep his poker face. He was so in awe of the mango trifle and I looked at him and thought, 'He loves it, he actually loves it'. He gave me probably the best compliment I've ever had with that dish."
Were you aware of how good the other guys' food was?
"It's difficult because you don't get to really taste or see the food or hear any of their feedback. We can talk together in the contestant holding area and you can hear them going through their dishes and processes with John and Gregg in the kitchen, but that's the closest we get. But they were always huge competitors to me. I never thought I was on a par with them."
So you haven't ever tasted Andrew or Tom's food?
"Only after the show. Andrew has cooked for us a few times. We're still waiting for Tom's invite up in Leeds! But that's always homecooking we give each other, not show cooking. It's a very different sort of dish we serve up!"
What's your food guilty pleasure when you're feeling a bit lazy?
"Guilty pleasure? Probably a really good carbonara. My husband makes a really good carbonara because he's Italian. Loads of bacon, loads of cheese, really bad for you, but it tastes delicious. Also, probably a really good steak and ale pie with creamy mash. Those are my guilty pleasures. I'm a still a homecook at heart."
Let's talk about mangoes...
"Ha! I think I'm the new face of mangoes in the UK it seems. I'm sure there will be something with me and mangoes, promoting them in the future."
How many do you think you eat in an average day, week or year?
"Ha, ha. It's just so strange with me and mangoes, whenever I see them I have to buy them... I just absolutely love mangoes. Whenever I can incorporate them in my food, I do, I did and I will in the future."
Will you be keeping in touch with John and Gregg?
"John and Gregg were huge mentors for all of us when we got down to the final four. Especially when we went out to Thailand with them. They were incredible and they gave us all support and advice along the way. I'd really love to stay in touch with them both if I possibly can."
What's the big plan now you've won the show?
"To be honest with you, I have no plan yet. This is the first day I've been able to talk to people, so I think things are going to get quite hectic now. But I'm doing a BBC Good Food event in Kent in April, which will be me cooking live alongside other previous winners. So I think I'll be doing lots of live cooking events like that in the near future."
Do you have a big goal you are aiming for?
"In the long-term I genuinely don't know what will happen. But I guess my ultimate goal is to have a restaurant. I'd love a restaurant."
Shelina Permalloo will be appearing in a MasterChef Champions League Cook Off hosted by John Torode and Gregg Wallace at the BBC Good Food Show Spring in Bluewaters' Glow, Kent. Tickets for the event across April 12-15 can be purchased online at bbcgoodfoodshowspring.com