MasterChef: The Professionals
Chefs Marcus Wareing and Monica Galetti reveal there are some surprises and unusual moments in store!
Q What is this year’s MasterChef: The Professionals giving us?
Marcus We’re seeing some inventive, creative, weird and wacky but simply brilliant cookery.
Monica This year’s been really exciting because we’ve seen lots of young talent. A lot of their cooking has been very healthy – we all want to be better in terms of what we eat and I think the younger chefs are clocking on to that and the clientele demand it. I like eating healthy food when it tastes good. Who doesn’t?
Q The skills test is different this year. In what ways?
Marcus Yes, it’s more of a creative skills test this time. Rather than have them recreate a dish that myself or Monica has made, we start with a key ingredient which, in episode one, is a duck breast. Then there’s a table full of ingredients that the chefs can choose from to create a dish of their own design in 20 minutes.
Monica There are certainly one or two car crashes!
Q With the mood so tense in the MasterChef kitchen, do you and fellow judge Gregg Wallace have any fun on set?
Monica Gregg has a great memory for remembering punchlines – but not how many times he’s told us that same joke! Gregg brings a real energy to the show – and a great palate that never stops eating. Marcus and I don’t eat as much as s
Q What’s the weirdest food you’ve had to taste so far this year?
Marcus We had some smoked sheep dung! It’s basically dried sheep dung that goes into a smoker to then burn and give an aroma to a meat on the bone. I’m sure you can guess what it tasted like!
Monica As judges, we do have to try everything!
Q This is the 10th series of MasterChef: The Professionals. Do you think the show can make it to 20?
Marcus MasterChef: The Professionals is still the most demanding cooking show of all and it takes a very courageous young chef to take it on. The format still works and I think the future of the show is even more exciting.
Appetite… Gregg’s looking for the best pro chefs Judging time… Will Marcus and Monica be impressed?