Mon­ica Galetti

The Samoan-born MasterChef judge de­scribes her per­fect day – and why now seems like her time…

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◆ It’s my ninth year on MasterChef:The Pro­fes­sion­als, but Mar­cus Ware­ing and I keep find­ing amaz­ing tal­ent. This year we have a mixed bag of mostly young chefs and some of them just take off. But you can never pre­dict from year to year what the chefs will be cook­ing. One year they were all smok­ing food, then they were cook­ing in pa­per bags, then play­ing with chem­istry sets. ◆ My favourite line from MasterChef fans is al­ways “You’re much nicer in per­son” and “Is Mar­cus re­ally as scary as he is?” and I al­ways an­swer, “Yes, Mar­cus is as scary as he seems!” I think it does sur­prise peo­ple that in per­son I’m quite ma­ter­nal. I can’t show too much of that on MasterChef, but I do give hugs out and con­sole the con­tes­tants when the cam­eras are off. ◆ In March this year my husband and I opened our own res­tau­rant, Mere, which is a dream come true. We wanted to do it 10 years ago, but then I got preg­nant, so it’s my time to open now; that’s when it was meant to be. At the same time I have a great tele­vi­sion ca­reer, which a lot of chefs would love to have as well, so I feel very grate­ful, even if I am work­ing flat out. As long as you en­joy what you’re do­ing, ex­haus­tion’s not an is­sue.

Cel­e­brat­ing the 10th an­niver­sary of the show MASTERCHEF:THEPROFESSIONALS IS CUR­RENTLY ON TUES­DAYS, WED­NES­DAYS AND THURS­DAYS AT 8PM ON BBC TWO

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