MasterChef: The Pro­fes­sion­als

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Sea­son 8 BBC Life­style (*174) 20:00

Sharpen your knives, be­cause sea­son 8 of MasterChef: The Pro­fes­sion­als (2008cur­rent) is start­ing tonight! And with the fo­cus on pro­fes­sional cooks, the stan­dards are pretty high – which is why strict judge and foodie Gregg Wal­lace is back to de­liver cri­tiques and help find the cream of the MasterChef crop…

Fifty-one-year-old Gregg Al­lan 1

Wal­lace started cook­ing in 1989 when he started his own green­gro­cer com­pany – Ge­orge Al­lan’s Green­gro­cer. At its height in the late ’90s, it had a turnover of £7.5 mil­lion (R140 mil­lion).

He also opened Wal­lace & Co res2

tau­rant in 2010 and Gregg’s Bar & Grill in 2012, but by Au­gust 2013, he’d closed both due to fi­nan­cial woes.

Gregg’s known for his sweet tooth 3

and has bragged nu­mer­ous times on MasterChef that he’s a “pud­ding ex­pert”. In 2010, he pub­lished a cook­book of his favourite desserts, in­clud­ing his favourite – tra­di­tional ap­ple crum­ble.

The un­lucky-in-love busi­ness­man 4

has been di­vorced three times and has two kids – Tom (21) and Libby (18) – from his 14-year sec­ond mar­riage to for­mer pas­try chef Denise.

De­spite his re­la­tion­ship track re5

cord, Gregg’s go­ing for mar­riage No. 4 when he weds his 30-year-old caterer fi­ancée Anne-Marie Ster­pini later this month. They met in 2014 on Twit­ter when she asked him if rhubarb went with duck. They’re mar­ry­ing in Italy and fel­low MasterChef judge and best friend John Torode will be Gregg’s best man.

Be­sides food, Gregg’s also a huge 6

fan of mu­sic from ’70s Bri­tish rock band Elec­tric Light Or­ches­tra.

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