Professionals to bake off
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.