quote:The Bafta-winning hit is back for its tenth series. Celebrated MasterChef presenter Gregg Wallace, chef Monica Galetti and two-Michelin-starred Marcus Wareing are together once again in their search for the UK's finest cooking talent. Over seven weeks, 48 professionals will face the rigours of the MasterChef kitchen before one chef is crowned culinary superstar of 2017.
In this opening heat, six professional chefs from all over the country arrive at the MasterChef kitchen and put their reputations on the line, to stake their claim to the coveted title. The chefs face two daunting challenges - at the end of which, three chefs are sent home and the strongest three go through to this week's quarter-final.
Each chef begins with the infamous Skills Test. Under the watchful eye of all three judges, the first moments for any competitor are nerve-wracking, as their knowledge, palate and experience are put under scrutiny. Nothing goes unnoticed as they chop, slice and sear their way through their first assessment.
This year the judges have raised the bar even higher - setting the chefs the task of creating and cooking a dish from scratch in just 20 minutes. The first test has been designed by Marcus, who demonstrates how he would make a superb duck dish from a whole duck and a table of ingredients in 20 minutes flat. As well as creating the dish, the chefs have their butchery and sauce-making skills put to the test as all three judges watch over them. Can these chefs hold their nerve and deliver a perfectly prepared duck dish of their own creation alongside a great quality sauce, or will they buckle under the pressure?
Next, the six chefs have a chance to redeem any earlier mistakes when they cook their own Signature Dish for Monica, Marcus and Gregg. In an hour and 15 minutes, they must showcase their creativity, palate and personal style. It is also their final chance to show off their culinary talent before the judges decide which three are sent home, and which three go through to this week's quarter-final.
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quote:The first challenge they face is the skills test, set by Monica. The chefs have 20 minutes to prepare a dish using cod cheeks and an accompanying sauce or garnish. They must remove the cod flesh from the head simply and cleanly with no waste, cook it to perfection and create a beautifully balanced accompaniment. Whilst Monica, Marcus and Gregg look on, will the chefs fade under the pressure of this test, or manage to impress with a beautifully prepared, seasoned and cooked fish dish?
quote:In the second heat of the week, six of the UK's chefs make the journey to the MasterChef kitchen ready to fight for the coveted title. First up is the terrifying skills test. Marcus sets the six chefs the task of preparing and cooking a fresh pasta dish with tiger prawns. Any chef should have the skills and know-how to achieve a great pasta dish but in the heat of the competition will their pasta dishes match expectations?
quote:This time round Marcus sets the test, giving the chefs 20 minutes to make a fruit-based dessert featuring Italian meringue and demonstrating his own version. The judges then watch over the chefs' every move as they set about choosing and cooking an accompanying fruit to go with their meringue. Whilst it sounds straightforward enough, will these chefs know the important difference between a French and an Italian meringue? And can they hit the right temperature for a perfect sugar syrup whilst creating a beautiful fruit sauce? This is a true test of their culinary knowledge and skills.
quote:In this heat, Monica sets a challenging skills test in which another six chefs from across the UK have just 20 minutes to prepare and cook a pigeon crown. They must also create an accompanying sauce from the beautiful array of ingredients provided.
Following Monica's own demonstration, the heat is on for the chefs to prove they have what it takes to make a perfectly balanced sauce in harmony with the pigeon breast. For 20 minutes of high-pressure cooking, the chefs must hold their nerve and prove they are accomplished professionals who know their way around filleting and cooking poultry. But under the watchful eyes of Monica, Marcus and Gregg, even the most seasoned chef can falter.
Zwezerik dus.quote:The chefs' first task is to undertake Marcus's skills test in front of the vigilant judges Monica, Marcus and Gregg. The chefs have 20 minutes to prove that they have the skill and technique to cook rose veal sweetbread.
quote:It is knockout week on MasterChef: The Professionals. MasterChef presenter Gregg Wallace teams up with two of Britain's leading chefs - Michelin-starred Marcus Wareing and Monica Galetti. The judges are at the sharp edge of the hunt for the country's next culinary superstar. After four weeks of intense competition, 12 most talented chefs remain from the initial 48. Tonight is the first time they all come together in the MasterChef kitchen, where their fate rests in an almighty cook-off.
The first challenge for the 12 chefs is to cook against each other in a terrifying invention test. They need to impress the three judges with one spectacular plate of food created from a heaving table of fresh sweet and savoury ingredients. But Monica and Marcus have raised the bar a little higher and challenge the chefs to the maximum by removing all the modern kitchen gadgets from the kitchen. In the absence of sous vide, or water bath, the emphasis is on classic cooking skills - plain and simple. With two hours and 15 minutes to create an innovative plate of excellence, they must seize this opportunity to make an impact on the judges. Only eight chefs will be guaranteed to move to the next round. The weakest four must cook again against each other.
In the cook-off round, the four remaining chefs have their final chance to showcase their talents to Marcus, Monica and Gregg, and save themselves from being sent home. With one hour to create one perfect dish, it is do or die. Can they sear, blowtorch and pickle their way into the judges' good books and convince them they deserve to continue in the competition? For two chefs, it is the end of the road when they are sent home. The best two chefs from this round join the other eight and continue their quest to raise the MasterChef: The Professionals 2017 trophy.
quote:In this episode, the remaining eight chefs face a double-headed beast of a challenge in the MasterChef kitchen. At stake is the chance to move forward in the competition and the opportunity to cook in some of the most influential and unique kitchens in the UK. The first challenge the eight chefs face is cooking against each other to create a dish dedicated to someone who has inspired them in life. Whether that's a professional from their career, a family member or a loved one, the challenge is to create a dish that in turn inspires the judges to send them straight through to the next round.
In just one hour and 45 minutes, they have to deliver a perfect plate of food that showcases their personality and style, and sets them apart from the other chefs. After tasting their dishes, the judges will decide which professionals have proved themselves strong enough to go directly through to the next round.
The remaining chefs must return to fight again in the MasterChef kitchen to secure one of the remaining four places in the next round. They face an invention test, where they are tasked with creating their own unique dish which celebrates the fresh and light ingredients on offer - and this time, there's no meat or fish for them to choose from. With this plate of food, the judges' expectations are high, so it's imperative that the chefs' ingenuity and skill shine through or they will forfeit their place in the next semi-final challenge.
After this hard-fought battle, two chefs are asked to leave the competition. The six who remain continue on their path in pursuit of the MasterChef: The Professionals title 2017.
quote:It is finals week and the competition is racing to the finish line. After six weeks of intense culinary battles, just four talented chefs remain from the original 48. As the tension rises, the chefs need to pull out all the stops for presenter Gregg Wallace and leading chefs Monica Galetti and Michelin-starred Marcus Wareing. Only one chef can be crowned MasterChef: The Professionals Champion of 2017.
Over three nights, the chefs face the close scrutiny of some of the world's greatest chefs and face the challenge and unique opportunity of working in some of the most groundbreaking restaurants around. The first challenge the four chefs face is the once-in-a-lifetime chance to cook at one of the most prestigious events in the UK culinary calendar - The Chef's Table. It allows the finalists to showcase their food to their professional heroes as 23 culinary giants descend on London for this unique annual event. It is the only time so many of the UK's top culinary talents gather together to dine and provides a potentially career-changing moment for the finalists. This year, the VIP chef guests have 22 Michelin stars between them and include three Michelin-starred Matt Abe, Atul Kochhar, Nigel Haworth, Andrew Fairlie and Gary Jones, as well as rising stars Tommy Banks, James Lowe, Selin Kiazim and Elizabeth Haigh.
Each chef takes charge of one of four courses, which are served to all 23 of their culinary idols. Over five intense hours, they are watched over by Marcus and Monica as they cook for their lives, preparing every last element of their ambitious creations to perfection to please their important guests. The stakes are incredibly high as the opportunity to be noticed by the leaders of the UK culinary industry doesn't come along every day. It is a career-defining experience for the chefs as they inch closer to the title of Professional MasterChef 2017.