Pro­fes­sion­als to bake off

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Pierre White is set to take no pris­on­ers when he starts film­ing MasterChef: The Pro­fes­sion­als on Fri­day. The in­ter­na­tional chef got his first look at the Mel­bourne head­quar­ters of Ten’s cook­ing show yes­ter­day and is im­pressed. The new MasterChef kitchen fea­tures a mon­ster pantry, new colours, re­mod­elled work­bench ar­eas, and a lounge. ‘‘I thought the MasterChef kitchen in Sydney was great but now I have seen this it’s on a dif­fer­ent level al­to­gether,’’ the Miche­lin star chef says. The 18 qual­i­fied chefs who will take part in MasterChef: The Pro­fes­sion­als are yet to ven­ture into what could quickly be­come hell’s kitchen. ‘‘I love noth­ing bet­ter than test­ing chefs,’’ Marco says. ‘‘I want to push them to their ex­tremes so they can dis­cover who they re­ally are and, in do­ing so, live out their full po­ten­tial.’’ Co-host Matt Pre­ston is champ­ing at the bit to get started. ‘‘I can’t wait to see what comes out of the kitchen with Marco at the helm,’’ he says. ‘‘He is a culi­nary gi­ant, a peren­nial over-achiever and a fe­ro­ciously tough task mas­ter. ‘‘He is a slightly scary bloke who can flip be­tween vol­canic in­ten­sity and a won­der­ful sup­port­ive warmth in sec­onds.’’ Ten is tight-lipped about the chal­lenges the chefs will face in MasterChef: The Pro­fes­sion­als. Ten is set to start the 2013 rat­ings year with MasterChef: The Pro­fes­sion­als which could pit it against Seven’s ri­val My Kitchen Rules. The 18 chefs will com­pete for cash and an around-the-world trip to ap­pren­tice at worl­drenowned restau­rants.

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