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Season 1

  • S01E01 Week 1, Day 1

    • August 25, 2008
    • BBC Two

    Michel Roux Jnr and Gregg Wallace hunt for a young chef who wants to make it as a chef. The usual “versatility test,” using provided ingredients to create, in 50 minutes, two dishes of the chef’s choice. Then the “classics test,” preparing two well known dishes, although we will learn in the series that some chefs have not made some of these before.

  • S01E02 Week 1, Day 2

    • August 26, 2008
    • BBC Two

    Two dishes in 50 minutes using haddock as the central ingredient before re-creating a Wild Mushroom Risotto and Macaroons.

  • S01E03 Week 1, Day 3

    • August 27, 2008
    • BBC Two

    Two dishes in 50 minutes from the central ingredient of lamb, then they must recreate two classic dishes, Sole a la Meuniere and Barquettes aux Abricots

  • S01E04 Week 1, Day 4

    • August 28, 2008
    • BBC Two

    Two dishes in 50 minutes from the central ingredient of chicken, then they must recreate two classic dishes, Omelette aux Fine Herbs and Profiteroles.

  • S01E05 Week 1, Quarterfinal

    • August 29, 2008
    • BBC Two

    A quarter final, with the four winning chefs from the week's heats cooking two courses of their own design for three restaurant critics.

  • S01E06 Week 2, Day 1

    • September 1, 2008
    • BBC Two

    Two dishes in 50 minutes from the central ingredient of seabass, then they must recreate two classic dishes - Eggs Florentine and Rhubarb Tart.

  • S01E07 Week 2, Day 2

    • September 2, 2008
    • BBC Two

    Two dishes in 50 minutes from the central ingredient of duck, then they must recreate two classic dishes Skate a la Grenobloise and Oeufs a la Neige

  • S01E08 Week 2, Day 3

    • September 3, 2008
    • BBC Two

    Two dishes in 50 minutes from the central ingredient of pork, then they must recreate two classic dishes Lobster Bisque and Coffee Dacquoise

  • S01E09 Week 2, Day 4

    • September 4, 2008
    • BBC Two

    Two dishes in 50 minutes from the central ingredient of squid, then they must recreate two classic dishes; Ballotine of Guinea Fowl and Millefeuille.

  • S01E10 Week 2, Quarterfinal

    • September 5, 2008
    • BBC Two

    A quarter final, with the four winning chefs from the week's heats cooking two courses of their own design for three restaurant critics.

  • S01E11 Week 3, Day 1

    • September 8, 2008
    • BBC Two

    Two dishes in 50 minutes from the central ingredient of rainbow trout, then they must recreate two classic dishes - Pork Robert and Poires Belles Helene

  • S01E12 Week 3, Day 2

    • September 9, 2008
    • BBC Two

    Two dishes in 50 minutes from the central ingredient of beef sirloin, then they must recreate two classic dishes - Bouillabaisse and Tarte Tatin

  • S01E13 Week 3, Day 3

    • September 10, 2008
    • BBC Two

    Two dishes in 50 minutes from the central ingredient of poussin, then they must recreate two classic dishes - Fish Quenelles with a Beurre Blanc and Mango Sables

  • S01E14 Week 3, Day 4

    • September 11, 2008
    • BBC Two

    Two dishes in 50 minutes from the central ingredient of prawns, then they must recreate two classic dishes - Spinach and Ricotta Ravioli with Pesto and Zabaglione

  • S01E15 Week 3, Quarterfinal

    • September 12, 2008
    • BBC Two

    A quarter final, with the four winning chefs from the week's heats cooking two courses of their own design for three restaurant critics.

  • S01E16 Finals Week: Semi Final 1

    • September 15, 2008
    • BBC Two

    The first two winners of the final six go head to head for a place in the final three. First they cook at the two Michelin starred Gidleigh Park under chef Michael Caines and then create a perfect dish in the Masterchef kitchen - only one can go through.

  • S01E17 Finals Week: Semi Final 2

    • September 16, 2008
    • BBC Two

    The second two winners of the final six go head to head for a place in the final three. First they cook at the two Michelin starred Vineyard at Stockcross under chef, John Campbell, and then create a perfect dish in the Masterchef kitchen.

  • S01E18 Finals Week: Semi Final 3

    • September 17, 2008
    • BBC Two

    The last two winners of the quarter finals go head to head for a place in the final three. First they cook at the Michelin starred Hibiscus under chef, Claude Bosi and then they create a perfect dish in the Masterchef kitchen.

  • S01E19 Final: Day 1

    • September 18, 2008
    • BBC Two

    It's the penultimate show and only three chefs are left. They face two challenges: create an amuse bouche and petit fours, and then cook for five top restaurateurs.

  • S01E20 Final: Day 2

    • September 19, 2008
    • BBC Two

    It's the final show and the three chefs face their most daunting task yet. First they have to cook for 30 of the best chefs in Europe and three former Michelin inspectors. Then they have to cook their best three course meal in the Masterchef kitchen and the champion is crowned.

Season 2

  • S02E01 Episode 1

    • September 15, 2009
    • BBC Two

    In this heat, four chefs face a nail-biting elimination round. In front of the watching Monica and Gregg, they have to earn the right to cook for the legendary Michel by demonstrating their culinary expertise with a skills test of spatchcocking a poussin and a palate test of making lemon curd. The remaining three chefs then face the first of the two gruelling tests that Michel and Gregg will judge them on. They must make two dishes in 50 minutes from the central ingredients of fillet of bream. The second test, recreating two classic dishes, will be concluded in the next show. Only one of them can make it through to the quarter-final, moving a step closer to winning the title of Professional MasterChef.

  • S02E02 Episode 2

    • September 15, 2009
    • BBC Two

    The three chefs who earned the right to cook for the legendary Michel face one final test: to recreate two classic dishes of steak with Bearnaise sauce and cannoli, an Italian pastry. Only one of them will make it through to the quarter-final, moving one step closer to winning the title of Professional MasterChef. Then, four new chefs face a nail-biting elimination round. In front of the watching Monica and Gregg, they have to earn the right to cook for the double Michelin-starred Michel by demonstrating their culinary expertise with a skills test of turning artichokes and a palate test of cooking a rump steak. Our remaining three chefs then face two more gruelling tests for an expectant Michel and Gregg: first they must make two dishes in 50 minutes from the central ingredient of sea bass, then they must recreate two classic dishes of ravioli and pears poached in red wine with Chantilly cream.

  • S02E03 Episode 3

    • September 16, 2009
    • BBC Two

    In this heat, four chefs face a nail-biting elimination round. In front of the watching Monica and Gregg, they have to earn the right to cook for the legendary Michel by demonstrating their culinary expertise with a skills test of prepping whole squid and a palate test of cooking it. Our remaining three chefs then face two more gruelling tests for an expectant Michel and Gregg; first they must make two dishes in 50 minutes from the central ingredient of a whole rabbit, then they must recreate two classic dishes of salmon en croute and a creme caramel.

  • S02E04 Episode 4

    • September 16, 2009
    • BBC Two

    In this heat, four chefs face a nail-biting elimination round. In front of the watching Monica and Gregg, they have to earn the right to cook for the legendary Michel by demonstrating their culinary expertise with a skills test of boning out an oxtail and a palate test of dressing a salad. Our remaining three chefs then face two more grueling tests for an expectant Michel and Gregg: first they must make two dishes in 50 minutes from the central ingredient of guinea fowl; then they must recreate two classic dishes of sole duglere and apple beignets with caramel sauce.

  • S02E05 Episode 5

    • September 17, 2009
    • BBC Two

    It's the quarter-finals; the four winning chefs from the first four heats have to cook three courses of their own design for three restaurant critics. Only two can go through to the finals.

  • S02E06 Episode 6

    • September 21, 2009
    • BBC Two

    Four chefs face a nail-biting elimination round. In front of Monica Galetti and Gregg, they have to earn the right to cook for the legendary Michel by demonstrating their culinary expertise with a skills test of spinning sugar and a palate test of making bruschetta. The remaining three chefs then face the first of the two gruelling tests that Michel and Gregg will judge them on. They must make two dishes in 50 minutes from the central ingredients of mussels and razor clams.

  • S02E07 Episode 7

    • September 22, 2009
    • BBC Two

    The three chefs who earned the right to cook for Michel face one final test: to recreate two classic dishes of coq au vin and plum clafoutis. Only one of them will make it through to the quarter-final. Then, four new chefs face a nail-biting elimination round. In front of Monica Galetti and Gregg, they have to earn the right to cook for Michel by demonstrating their culinary expertise with a skills test of jointing a chicken and a palate test of making goujons. The three remaining professionals then face two more gruelling tests for Michel and Gregg. First, they must make two dishes in 50 minutes from the central ingredient of lamb rump, then they must recreate two classic dishes of soupe a l'oignon and roule marquis.

  • S02E08 Episode 8

    • September 23, 2009
    • BBC Two

    Four chefs face a nail-biting elimination round. In front of the watching Monica Galetti and Gregg, they have to earn the right to cook for Michel by demonstrating their culinary expertise with a skills test of shucking three oysters and a palate test of making an omelette of their choice. The remaining three professionals then face two more gruelling tests for an expectant Michel and Gregg. First, they must make two dishes in 50 minutes from the central ingredient of quail, then they must recreate two classic dishes of paella and Portugese custard tarts.

  • S02E09 Episode 9

    • September 23, 2009
    • BBC Two

    Four chefs face a nail-biting elimination round. In front of the watching Monica Galetti and Gregg, they have to earn the right to cook for Michel by demonstrating their culinary expertise with a skills test of filleting a flat fish and a palate test of pan-frying one of the fillets. The remaining three chefs then face two more gruelling tests for Michel and Gregg. First, they must make two dishes in 50 minutes from the central ingredient of lamb's kidneys, then they must recreate two classic dishes of brandade de Nimes and madeleines served with a sabayon cream.

  • S02E10 Episode 10

    • September 24, 2009
    • BBC Two

    It is the quarter-finals, and the four winning chefs have to cook three courses of their own design for three restaurant critics. Only two can go through to the finals.

  • S02E11 Episode 11

    • September 28, 2009
    • BBC Two

    Four chefs face a nail-biting elimination round. In front of the watching Monica Galetti and Gregg, they have to earn the right to cook for Michel by demonstrating their culinary expertise with a skills test of turning vegetables and a palate test of making a hollandaise sauce. The remaining three professionals then face the first of the two gruelling tests on which Michel and Gregg will judge them. They must make two dishes in 50 minutes from the central ingredients of tuna steak. The second test, recreating two classic dishes, will be concluded in the next episode.

  • S02E12 Episode 12

    • September 29, 2009
    • BBC Two

    The three chefs who earnt the right to cook for Michel face one final test: to recreate two classic dishes of poulet aux morilles and a far Breton. Only one of them will make it through to the quarter-final. Then, four new chefs face a nail-biting elimination round. In front of Monica and Gregg, they have to earn the right to cook for Michel by demonstrating their culinary expertise with a skills test of filleting a mackerel and a palate test of cooking one of the fillets. The remaining three chefs then face two more gruelling tests for an expectant Michel and Gregg. First they must make two dishes in 50 minutes from the central ingredient of wood pigeon, then they must recreate two classic dishes of roast leg of lamb and creamed rice pudding.

  • S02E13 Episode 13

    • September 30, 2009
    • BBC Two

    Four chefs face a nail-biting elimination round. In front of Monica and Gregg, they have to earn the right to cook for Michel by demonstrating their culinary expertise with a skills test of opening scallops and a palate test of making a potato rosti. The remaining three professionals then face two more gruelling tests for an expectant Michel and Gregg. First they must make two dishes in 50 minutes from the central ingredient of smoked eel, then they must recreate two classic dishes of beef bourguignon and a lemon tart.

  • S02E14 Episode 14

    • October 1, 2009
    • BBC Two

    Four chefs face a nail-biting elimination round. In front of Monica and Gregg, they have to earn the right to cook for Michel by demonstrating their culinary expertise with a skills test of boning out a pig's trotter and a palate test of making sweet pancakes. The remaining three professionals then face two more gruelling tests for an expectant Michel and Gregg. First they must make two dishes in 50 minutes from the central ingredient of venison, then they must recreate two classic dishes of mouclade and apple charlotte.

  • S02E15 Episode 15

    • October 1, 2009
    • BBC Two

    It is the quarter-finals, and the four winning chefs have to cook three courses of their own design for three restaurant critics. Only two can go through to the finals.

  • S02E16 Episode 16

    • October 5, 2009
    • BBC Two

    Four chefs face a nail-biting elimination round. In front of the watching Monica and Gregg, they have to earn the right to cook for the legendary Michel by demonstrating their culinary expertise with a skills test of butterflying prawns and a palate test of making pesto. The remaining three professionals then face the first of the two gruelling tests on which Michel and Gregg will judge them. They must make two dishes in 50 minutes from the central ingredient of mackerel. The second test, recreating two classic dishes, will be concluded in the next episode.

  • S02E17 Episode 17

    • October 6, 2009
    • BBC Two

    The three chefs who earned the right to cook for the legendary Michel face one final test: to recreate two classic dishes of salade Lyonnaise and Paris-Brest. Only one of them will make it through to the quarter-final. Then, four new chefs face a nail-biting elimination round. In front of Monica and Gregg, they have to earn the right to cook for Michel by demonstrating their culinary expertise with a skills test of making a fine mirepoix of vegetables and a palate test of making creme anglaise. The remaining three chefs then face two more gruelling tests for an expectant Michel and Gregg. First, they must make two dishes in 50 minutes from the central ingredient of scallops, then they must recreate two classic dishes of kidneys a la diable and tartelette aux fruits.

  • S02E18 Episode 18

    • October 7, 2009
    • BBC Two

    Four chefs face a nail-biting elimination round. In front of Monica and Gregg, they have to earn the right to cook for the legendary Michel by demonstrating their culinary expertise with a skills test of filleting a bream and a palate test of cooking one of the fillets. The remaining three professionals then face two more gruelling tests for Michel and Gregg. First, they must make two dishes in 50 minutes from the central ingredient of best end of lamb, then they must recreate two classic dishes of consomme and a vanilla studded baked pineapple.

  • S02E19 Episode 19

    • October 8, 2009
    • BBC Two

    Four chefs face a nail-biting elimination round. In front of Monica and Gregg, they have to earn the right to cook for the legendary Michel by demonstrating their culinary expertise with a skills test of jointing a rabbit and a palate test of making scrambled eggs. The remaining three professionals then face two more gruelling tests for Michel and Gregg. First, they must make two dishes in 50 minutes from the central ingredient of calves' liver, then they must recreate two classic dishes of matelotte d'anguille and a creme brulee.

  • S02E20 Episode 20

    • October 8, 2009
    • BBC Two

    It is the quarter-finals, and the four winning chefs have to cook three courses of their own design for three restaurant critics. Only two can go through to the finals.

  • S02E21 Episode 21

    • October 12, 2009
    • BBC Two

    It is the semi-finals. With only eight professional chefs remaining in the competition, each pair of winners from the quarter-finals will compete for a place in the last four. The two winners from the second quarter-final battle it out head to head. First they have to cook at the one Michelin-starred Roussillon in London's Pimlico, under chef Alexis Gaultier. Then they have to create two perfect dishes in the MasterChef kitchen - only one can go through.

  • S02E22 Episode 22

    • October 13, 2009
    • BBC Two

    It is the semi-finals for the professional chefs remaining in the competition, and each pair of winners from the quarter-finals go head to head for a place in the last four. The two winners from the fourth quarter-final battle it out head to head. First they have to cook at the two Michelin-starred The Square in London's Mayfair, under chef Philip Howard. Then they have to create two perfect dishes in the MasterChef Kitchen - only one can go through.

  • S02E23 Episode 23

    • October 14, 2009
    • BBC Two

    It is the semi-finals for the professional chefs remaining in the competition, and each pair of winners from the quarter-finals go head to head for a place in the last four. The two winners from the third quarter-final battle it out head to head. First they have to cook at the one Michelin-starred Maze in London's Mayfair, under chef Jason Atherton. Then they have to create two perfect dishes in the MasterChef Kitchen - only one can go through.

  • S02E24 Episode 24

    • October 15, 2009
    • BBC Two

    It is the semi-finals for the professional chefs remaining in the competition, and each pair of winners from the quarter-finals go head to head for a place in the last four. The two winners from the first quarter-final battle it out head to head. First, they have to cook at the one Michelin-starred The Greenhouse in London's Mayfair under chef Antonin Bonnet, and then they have to create two perfect dishes in the MasterChef kitchen. Only one of them can go through.

  • S02E25 Episode 25

    • October 15, 2009
    • BBC Two

    It is now the culmination of the semi-finals. The winning five chefs who made it through their head-to-head round have to cook three courses of their own design for four leading Michelin restaurateurs. Only three of them can go through to the finals.

  • S02E26 Episode 26

    • October 19, 2009
    • BBC Two

    It is finals time and the remaining three chefs are vying for the title of Masterchef Champion. For their first challenge, they have to prepare high tea at one Michelin-starred Sketch in London's Mayfair. Their efforts are judged by three well-known pastry chefs including the renowned patissier Michel Roux Sr. Then it is back to the Masterchef kitchen where they must cook the ultimate dessert trio.

  • S02E27 Episode 27

    • October 20, 2009
    • BBC Two

    It is finals time and the remaining three chefs are vying for the title of Masterchef Champion. In preparation for their upcoming challenge, they must make a two-course lunch out of a mystery box of ingredients at the Masterchef kitchen. Then the chefs are sent to Chelsea FC to cater a pre-match lunch in a million-pound-a-year sports VIP box for guests including Kevin Pietersen MBE and James Cracknell OBE.

  • S02E28 Episode 28

    • October 21, 2009
    • BBC Two

    It is finals time and the remaining three chefs are vying for the title of Masterchef Champion. They prepare historic dishes for a dinner hosted by the president of the Royal College of Physicians, the oldest medical college in England. Then the three chefs return to the Masterchef kitchen to cook dishes dedicated to their own personal heroes.

  • S02E29 Episode 29

    • October 22, 2009
    • BBC Two

    It is the final. The three remaining chefs face the toughest challenge of their careers - preparing a three-course menu designed by Michel for 30 of the world's leading Michelin chefs and inspectors at Brown's Hotel in London's Mayfair. Then they have one final cook-off at the Masterchef kitchen to decide who will be the 2009 champion. They must cook the best three courses of their lives for the judges. Only one of them can win the title of Professional Masterchef.

Season 3

  • S03E01 Episode 1

    • September 27, 2010
    • BBC Two

    Legendary double Michelin-starred chef Michel Roux Jr and Masterchef dining expert Gregg Wallace are joined by Michel's trusted sous chef Monica Galetti as they hunt for a young chef who has what it takes to go to the top of the culinary world. Four chefs must deal with the pressure of a nail-biting elimination round. In front of the watching Monica and Gregg, they must earn the right to cook for the legendary Michel. Each chef must demonstrate they have the necessary skills and palate by trussing a chicken, removing the liver and cooking it in a cream and madeira sauce. At the end of the round, one of the chefs will be going home, and the three remaining contestants face one more gruelling elimination challenge, as Michel cooks a classic recipe of cardoon gratin with bone marrow before asking them to recreate the dish in just 60 minutes. After judging each plate on presentation and flavour, Michel and Gregg will send one more chef home. The two remaining contestants will make it through to the quarter-final and a step closer to winning the title of Professional Masterchef.

  • S03E02 Episode 2

    • September 28, 2010
    • BBC Two

    Legendary double Michelin-starred chef Michel Roux Jr and Masterchef dining expert Gregg Wallace are joined by Michel's trusted sous chef Monica Galetti as they hunt for a young chef who has what it takes to go to the top of the culinary world. In an hour-long show, eight more chefs face a nail-biting elimination round. The first four contestants must demonstrate they have the necessary skills and palate by preparing and cooking wild mushrooms, while the second four must correctly fillet and cook fresh sardines. One chef from each round will be going home, and the remaining contestants face one more gruelling elimination challenge. Michel cooks a classic recipe of Dover sole with prawns, oysters and a cream sauce, before asking three of the chefs to recreate the dish in just 60 minutes, while the remaining three must recreate a classic bitter orange tart with orange sauce. After judging each plate on presentation and flavour, Michel and Gregg will send two more chefs home. The two best chefs from each part make it through to the quarter-final and are a step closer to winning the title of Professional Masterchef.

  • S03E03 Episode 3

    • September 29, 2010
    • BBC Two

    Legendary double Michelin-starred chef Michel Roux Jr and Masterchef dining expert Gregg Wallace are on the hunt for a young chef who has what it takes to go to the top of the culinary world. It is the quarter-final, and six successful chefs must first show Michel and Gregg they have the necessary skills and palate by cooking a dish of their own invention. At the end of this first round, two of the contestants will be going home. The four remaining chefs must then cook their own two-course menu for some of the UK's harshest food critics. Only two will make it through to the semi-finals, and a step closer to winning the title of Professional Masterchef.

  • S03E04 Episode 4

    • October 4, 2010
    • BBC Two

    Legendary double Michelin-starred chef Michel Roux Jr and Masterchef dining expert Gregg Wallace are on the hunt for a young chef who has what it takes to go to the top of the culinary world. Four chefs must deal with the pressure of a nail-biting elimination round. In front of the watching Monica and Gregg they have to earn the right to cook for the legendary Michel. Each chef must demonstrate they have the necessary skills and palate by trimming and slicing a smoked salmon and making a salmon mousse. At the end of it one will be going home. The three remaining chefs must then face one more gruelling elimination challenge. Michel cooks a classic recipe of roast duckling with cherries before asking the chefs to recreate the dish in just 60 minutes. After judging each plate on presentation and flavour, Michel and Gregg will send one more chef home. The two remaining chefs will make it through to the quarter-final and a step closer to winning the title of Professional Masterchef.

  • S03E05 Episode 5

    • October 5, 2010
    • BBC Two

    Legendary double Michelin-starred chef Michel Roux Jr and Masterchef dining expert Gregg Wallace are on the hunt for a young chef who has what it takes to go to the top of the culinary world. Eight more chefs must deal with the pressure of a nail-biting elimination round. In front of the watching Monica and Gregg, they have to earn the right to cook for the legendary Michel. In the first part, the four chefs must demonstrate they have the necessary skills and palate by preparing and cooking two different pastas and making a sauce. In the second, they must correctly prepare salsify for cooking and then make the perfect hollandaise sauce. At the end of it, one chef from each task will be going home. The three remaining chefs from each must then face one more gruelling elimination challenge. Michel cooks a classic recipe of saumon a' l'oseille before asking the chefs to recreate the dish in just 60 minutes. In the second part of the challenge, Michel cooks boules de Berlin. The two best chefs from each part make it through to the quarter-final and a step closer to winning the title of Professional Masterchef.

  • S03E06 Episode 6

    • October 6, 2010
    • BBC Two

    Legendary double Michelin-starred chef Michel Roux Jr and Masterchef dining expert Gregg Wallace are on the hunt for a young chef who has what it takes to go to the top of the culinary world. It is the quarter-final and the six winning chefs from this week's heats must first show Michel and Gregg they have the necessary skills and palate by cooking a dish of their own invention. At the end of it two will be going home. The four remaining chefs must then cook their own two-course menu for some of the UK's harshest food critics. Only two will make it through to the semi-finals.

  • S03E07 Episode 7

    • October 11, 2010
    • BBC Two

    Legendary double Michelin-starred chef Michel Roux Jr and Masterchef dining expert Gregg Wallace are joined by Michel's sous chef Monica Galetti as they hunt for a young chef who has what it takes to go to the top of the culinary world. The four chefs must first show Monica and Gregg they have the necessary skills and palate by French trimming a rack of lamb before cooking it perfectly. At the end of it one will be going home. The three remaining chefs must then face one more gruelling elimination challenge. Michel cooks a classic recipe of mussel soup served with breaded mussels and julienne leeks and carrots before asking the chefs to recreate the dish in just 60 minutes. After judging each plate on presentation and flavour, Michel and Gregg will send one more chef home. The two remaining chefs will make it through to the quarter-final and a step closer to winning the title of Professional Masterchef.

  • S03E08 Episode 8

    • October 12, 2010
    • BBC Two

    Legendary double Michelin-starred chef Michel Roux Jr and Masterchef dining expert Gregg Wallace are joined by Michel's sous chef Monica Galetti, as they hunt for a young chef who has what it takes to go to the top of the culinary world. In this one-hour show, eight more chefs must deal with the pressure of a nail-biting elimination round. In front of the watching Monica and Gregg, they have to earn the right to cook for the legendary Michel. In the first part, the four chefs must demonstrate they have the necessary skills and palate by preparing and cooking scallops with a beurre blanc; in the second they must correctly cook a souffle with caramel sauce. At the end of it, one chef from each task will be going home. The three remaining chefs from each part must then face one more gruelling elimination challenge. Michel cooks a classic dessert of sesame crisp marinated grapes and tipsy cream, before asking the chefs to recreate the dish in just 60 minutes. Next, Michel cooks a classic blanquette de volaille. The two best chefs from each part make it through to the quarter-final and a step closer to winning the title of Professional Masterchef.

  • S03E09 Episode 9

    • October 13, 2010
    • BBC Two

    Legendary double Michelin-starred chef Michel Roux Jr and Masterchef dining expert Gregg Wallace are joined by Michel's sous chef Monica Galetti as they hunt for a young chef who has what it takes to go to the top of the culinary world. It is the quarter-final and the six winning chefs from the week's heats must first show Michel and Gregg they have the necessary skills and palate by cooking a dish of their own invention. At the end of it two will be going home. The four remaining chefs must then cook their own two-course menu for some of the UK's harshest food critics. Only two will make it through to the semi-finals.

  • S03E10 Episode 10

    • October 18, 2010
    • BBC Two

    Legendary double Michelin starred chef Michel Roux Jnr and Masterchef dining expert Gregg Wallace are joined by Michel's sous Chef Monica Galetti, as they hunt for a young chef who has what it takes to go to the top of the culinary world. In this heat, four chefs must deal with the pressure of a nail-biting elimination round. In front of the watching Monica and Gregg they have to earn the right to cook for the legendary Michel. Each chef must demonstrate they have the necessary skills and palate by cooking an Italian meringue and serving it with fruit compote. At the end of it one will be going home. The three remaining chefs must then face one more grueling elimination challenge. Michel cooks a classic recipe of fennel stuffed sea bass cooked in paper before asking the chefs to recreate the dish in just 60 minutes. After judging each plate on presentation and flavour, Michel and Gregg will send one more chef home. The two remaining will make it through to the quarter-final and a step closer to winning the title of Professional Masterchef.

  • S03E11 Episode 11

    • October 19, 2010
    • BBC Two

    Legendary double Michelin-starred chef Michel Roux Jnr and Masterchef judge Gregg Wallace are joined by Michel's sous chef Monica Galetti as they hunt for a young chef who has what it takes to go to the top of the culinary world. Eight more chefs must deal with the pressure of a nail-biting elimination round. In front of the watching Monica and Gregg they have to earn the right to cook for Michel. In the first part, four chefs must demonstrate they have the necessary skills and palate by filleting and cooking a John Dory; in the second another four must correctly make steak tartare with a poached egg. At the end of it one chef from each task will go home. The three remaining chefs from each then face one more gruelling elimination challenge. Michel cooks a classic recipe of cabri a la Provencal, before asking the chefs to recreate the dish in just 60 minutes. In the second, Michel cooks a classic nougatine basket fillet with fruit, Chantilly cream and topped with spun sugar. The two best chefs from each part make it through to the quarter-final and a step closer to winning the title of Professional Masterchef

  • S03E12 Episode 12

    • October 20, 2010
    • BBC Two

    Legendary double Michelin starred chef Michel Roux Jnr and Masterchef judge Gregg Wallace are joined by Michel's sous chef Monica Galetti, as they hunt for a young chef who has what it takes to go to the top of the culinary world. It's the quarter-final and the six winning chefs from the week's heats must first show Michel and Gregg they have the necessary skills and palate by cooking a dish of their own invention. At the end of it, two will be going home. The four remaining chefs must then cook their own two course menu for some of the UK's harshest food critics. Only two will make it through to the semi-finals.

  • S03E13 Episode 13

    • October 25, 2010
    • BBC Two

    Double Michelin-starred chef Michel Roux Jr and Masterchef judge Gregg Wallace are on the hunt for a young chef who wants to make it to the top of the culinary world. It is the first semi-final on MasterChef: The Professionals, and the eight winning chefs from the quarter-finals must cook one perfect dish to stay in the competition. Each chef must select a dish they believe best represents their cooking. Michel Roux Jr and his sous chef Monica Galetti will then taste and judge. The best six chefs will stay in the competition and two will be going home. .

  • S03E14 Episode 14

    • October 26, 2010
    • BBC Two

    Double Michelin-starred chef Michel Roux Jr and Masterchef judge Gregg Wallace are on the hunt for a young chef who wants to make it to the top of the culinary world. The semi-final week continues; over the next two nights the remaining six chefs will be split into pairs and battle it out head-to-head for a place in the final. Each pair will be sent to one of Britain's most famous Michelin-starred restaurants, and first up in this programme is the 1 Michelin-starred The Kitchin. First, the two chefs must cook a busy lunch service under chef patron Tom Kitchin, who was awarded a Michelin star in 2007. They have only two hours to perfect Tom's dishes before preparing them for customers and possible Michelin inspectors. Once they have finished service, the two chefs must recreate Tom's Michelin-starred signature dish for judgement by the chef himself. Then it is back to the MasterChef HQ where, inspired by their time at The Kitchin, the two chefs face a sudden death cook-off when they have to create two perfect dishes in one hour to show Michel and Gregg exactly what they have learnt. Only one chef can become a finalist - the other will be going home. The second pair of remaining semi finalists must cook a busy lunch service at the 2 Michelin-starred The Dining Room at Watley Manor, under the recently named Chef of the Year, chef patron Martin Burge. They have only two hours to perfect Martin's dishes before preparing them for customers. Once they have finished service, the two chefs must recreate Martin's Michelin-starred signature dish for judgement by the chef himself. The following night sees them back at MasterChef headquarters for a sudden death cook-off. At the end of it one chef from this pair will a finalist - the other will be going home. .

  • S03E15 Episode 15

    • October 27, 2010
    • BBC Two

    Double Michelin-starred chef Michel Roux Jr and Masterchef judge Gregg Wallace are on the hunt for a young chef who wants to make it to the top of the culinary world. The semi-final week continues as the contestants are split into pairs and battle it out head-to-head for a place in the final. Inspired by their time at the two Michelin-starred The Dining Room at Watley Manor, the chefs must put everything they've learned into preparing two courses in their sudden death cook-off. Only one chef can become a finalist - the other will be going home. The final two remaining semi-finalists must cook a busy lunch service at the two Michelin-star The Ledbury under acclaimed Australian-born Chef Brett Graham. They have only two hours to perfect Brett's dishes before preparing them for paying customers and possible Michelin inspectors. Once they have finished service, the two chefs must face another challenge: they must recreate Brett's Michelin-starred signature dish for judgement by the chef himself. Then it's back to the Masterchef HQ where the two chefs face a sudden death cook-off when they have to create two perfect dishes in one hour to show Michel and Gregg exactly what they have learnt. At the end of it one chef will be going home, leaving three finalists to prepare for the final week of competition. .

  • S03E16 Episode 16

    • November 1, 2010
    • BBC Two

    Double Michelin-starred chef Michel Roux Jr and Masterchef judge Gregg Wallace are on the hunt for a young chef who wants to make it to the top of the culinary world. Over the course of this week the three finalists are pushed to the limit when they are set an incredible series of challenges. This show sees the first ninety-minute special for final week and the penultimate show of the series, in which the chefs are taken to The Langham Hotel, winner of the 2010 Tea Guild Award for the Best Afternoon Tea in London. Here, for their first challenge, the finalists must match the perfection required in the culinary world's most feared discipline - pastry. Each chef must recreate one of Pierre's most famous and intricate signature pastries, and serve them to the man himself. Helping Pierre judge is the Langham Hotel's head pastry chef Cherish Finden, and James Petrie, head pastry chef at Heston Blumenthal's three Michelin starred The Fat Duck. They then return to the Masterchef studio to use their new-found skills to prepare their most elegant trio of desserts for Gregg and Michel. On day two, the three finalists travel to Denmark for a challenge that will push them to their culinary limits - cooking at Noma. Chef Rene Redzepi has propelled his Nordic foraging based cuisine to the forefront of international gastronomy. The young chefs receive a master class in Noma's innovative philosophy, before they prepare dishes for Rene. As well as having their performance judged by Rene, the finalists must also take charge of the restaurant kitchen and serve the lunch service to critical diners, including Gregg and Michel. Then it's back to the Masterchef kitchen where the three chefs must demonstrate what they have learnt from their time at Noma. .

  • S03E17 Episode 17

    • November 2, 2010
    • BBC Two

    It's the final of Masterchef: The Professionals 2010. Three exceptional young professional chefs have proven they have what it takes to make it to the top of the culinary world, but only one can carry off the title. In this ninety-minute finale the last three remaining chefs must now draw on everything that they have gained over the past few weeks when they face the toughest challenge of their careers - preparing an intricate Michelin standard three course menu designed by Michel. This will be served to 30 of the world's leading Michelin chefs with 40 Michelin stars between them, inspectors and restaurateurs, at Pearl in London. Then they must return to Masterchef HQ for the final time, to cook Michel and Gregg their last three course meal, at the end of which, one of them will be crowned Professional Masterchef Champion 2010. .

  • S03E18 Michel's Classics

    • November 8, 2010
    • BBC Two

    Off the back of the third series of Professional MasterChef, this half-hour programme is a special treat for all MasterChef fans and serious cooks alike, as Michel Roux Jnr cooks up some of the classic dishes which were merely highlighted on the show. This is not only a rare opportunity to see a two Michelin starred chef demonstrate the most complex of processes - in a way that makes it possible for even a novice to attempt - but it also gives some revealing insights into the history and meaning of the food that has defined a culinary generation.

Season 4

  • S04E01 Episode 1

    • November 7, 2011
    • BBC Two

    Legendary double Michelin-starred chef Michel Roux Jr and MasterChef dining expert Gregg Wallace are joined by Michel's trusted sous chef Monica Galetti as they hunt for Britain's next culinary superstar who has what it takes to go to the top of the culinary world. Ten chefs must deal with the pressure of an elimination round. In front of the watching Monica and Gregg, they must earn the right to cook for Michel. In the six-ingredient-invention-test, the ten chefs grapple with their nerves as they have one hour to prove their skill, palate, and creativity, preparing a dish from only six ingredients: duck breast, leeks, blackberries, garlic, thyme and cinnamon. The pressure is on if they are to impress the awesome palate of Michel's sous chef Monica and stand a chance of cooking for her boss. For now, they are all safe but in the next episode five of these ten chefs must return and face their final test, before Monica and Gregg decide who will be the first to cook for culinary giant Michel Roux Jnr.

  • S04E02 Episode 2

    • November 8, 2011
    • BBC Two

    Five of the ten chefs return to face Monica and Gregg in a skills test before the judges must decide who will be eliminated. Only the best four chefs will cook for legendary Michel Roux Jnr. For the skills test, Monica asks them to demonstrate their ability to spin sugar and decorate a trio of pannacotta in three different ways. With only 10 minutes in hand to complete it, the heat is on. At the end, Monica and Gregg must decide who will be leaving the competition. The pressure now mounts as the four remaining chefs must raise their game for Michelin starred legend Michel Roux Jnr. Michel cooks a classic recipe of mackerel three ways, 'Trio de maquereaux', which is made up of an escabeche, a tartare and a sashimi, before asking the chefs to recreate the dish in just 60 minutes. To achieve such intricate presentation, fine flavours, and attention to detail the chefs will have to dig deep to impress. Then, they are asked to prepare their own classic dish for Michel and Gregg in just one hour. With so much at stake, nerves are running high. After judging each plate on presentation and flavour Michel and Gregg will send one more chef home. The best three remaining chefs will go through to the quarter final and move a step closer to winning the title of Professional MasterChef.

  • S04E03 Episode 3

    • November 9, 2011
    • BBC Two

    Five of the ten chefs return to face Monica and Gregg in a skills test before the judges must decide who will be eliminated. Only the best four chefs will cook for legendary Michel Roux Jnr. For the skills test, Monica asks them to make a dressed crab salad from the white and brown meat of a whole crab. With only 15 minutes to crack open the shell and extricate the edible meat, the chefs have to keep their focus and perform to the best of their ability. At the end, Monica and Gregg must decide who will be leaving the competition. The pressure mounts as the four remaining chefs must raise their game for Michelin starred legend Michel Roux Jnr. Michel cooks a classic recipe of 'Selle de lapin farci aux pruneaux', saddle of rabbit stuffed with prunes, before asking the chefs to recreate it in 60 minutes. Nerves are palpable as the chefs battle to produce a perfect plate. Then, they are given just one hour to prepare their own classic dish. With only three places up for grabs, there is a lot at stake to pull out all the stops. Only the best three remaining chefs will go through to the quarter final and move a step closer to winning the title of Professional MasterChef.

  • S04E04 Episode 4

    • November 10, 2011
    • BBC Two

    It is the first of the quarter finals and the six best chefs from the first heats must prove to Michel and Gregg they have what it takes by making a dish of their own invention. Choosing from a fantastic array of ingredients, including quail and loin of venison, they must blow the judges away with one course. Only the best four chefs will go on to showcase their skill to three of the UK's toughest restaurant critics. The critics will be expecting two exceptional courses and the chefs have only an hour and a quarter to produce a jaw dropping menu that will determine their MasterChef future. Only the two most talented chefs will go through to the semi- finals and stand a chance of becoming this year's Professional MasterChef.

  • S04E05 Episode 5

    • November 14, 2011
    • BBC Two

    Ten chefs must deal with the pressure of an elimination round. In front of the watching Monica and Gregg, they must earn the right to cook for Michel. In the six-ingredient-invention-test, the ten chefs grapple with their nerves. From only six ingredients: prawns, mango, lime, chilli, micro coriander and a chocolate bar, they have just 50 minutes to prove their skill, palate, and creativity. The pressure is on if they are to impress the awesome palate of Michel's sous chef Monica and stand a chance of cooking for her boss. For now, they are all safe but in the next episode five of these ten chefs must return and face their final test, before Monica and Gregg decide who will be the first to cook for culinary giant Michel Roux Jnr.

  • S04E06 Episode 6

    • November 15, 2011
    • BBC Two

    Five of the ten chefs return to face Monica and Gregg in a skills test before the judges must decide who will be eliminated. Only the best four chefs will cook for legendary Michel Roux Jr. For the skills test, Monica gives them 12 minutes to extract the marrow from a bone and then prepare a dish with it. It's a daunting challenge, and for those chefs who've never encountered bone marrow before, it's frankly terrifying. At the end, Monica and Gregg must decide who will be leaving the competition. The pressure now mounts as the four remaining chefs must raise their game for Michelin-starred legend Michel Roux Jr. Michel cooks two classic oyster recipes - oysters Rockefeller and oysters Kilpatrick - before asking the chefs to recreate the dishes in just 60 minutes. To achieve delicate flavours, stunning presentation and attention to detail, the chefs will have to dig deep to impress. Then, they are asked to prepare their own classic dish for Michel and Gregg in just one hour. With so much at stake, nerves are running high. After judging each plate on presentation and flavour, Michel and Gregg will send one more chef home. The best three remaining chefs will go through to the quarter-final and move a step closer to winning the title of Professional MasterChef.

  • S04E07 Episode 7

    • November 16, 2011
    • BBC Two

    Five of the ten chefs return to face Monica and Gregg in a skills test before the judges must decide who will be eliminated. Only the best four chefs will cook for legendary Michel Roux Jnr. For the skills test, Monica gives them just 15 minutes to prepare a whole monkfish, and then serve up one of the fillets with a sauce. As the chefs try to show off their knife skills, then wow the judges with a perfectly cooked fillet and a speedy yet sumptuous sauce, the pressure is well and truly on. At the end, Monica and Gregg must decide who will be leaving the competition. The pressure mounts as the four remaining chefs must raise their game for Michelin starred legend Michel Roux Jnr. Michel cooks a classic recipe of 'Tarte aux pralines roses avec poires au caramel' (pink praline tart with caramelised pears), before asking the chefs to recreate it in 60 minutes. Nerves are palpable as the chefs battle to produce a perfect plate. Then, they are given just one hour to prepare their own classic dish. With only three places up for grabs, there is a lot at stake to pull out all the stops. Only the best three remaining chefs will go through to the quarter final and move a step closer to winning the title of Professional MasterChef.

  • S04E08 Episode 8

    • November 17, 2011
    • BBC Two

    In another quarter-final, the six best chefs from the first heats must prove to Michel and Gregg they have what it takes by making a dish of their own invention. Choosing from a fantastic array of ingredients, including John Dory, quail and oysters, they must blow the judges away with one course. Only the best four chefs will go on to showcase their skill to three of the UK's toughest restaurant critics. The critics will be expecting two exceptional courses and the chefs have only an hour and a quarter to produce a jaw dropping menu that will determine their MasterChef future. Only the two most talented chefs will go through to the semi- finals and stand a chance of becoming this year's Professional MasterChef.

  • S04E09 Episode 9

    • November 21, 2011
    • BBC Two

    Ten chefs must deal with the pressure of an elimination round. In front of the watching Monica and Gregg, they must earn the right to cook for Michel. In the six-ingredient-invention-test, the ten chefs grapple with their nerves. From only six ingredients: bacon, chicken liver, two apples, almonds, blue cheese and a bunch of parsley, they have just 60 minutes to prove their skill, palate, and creativity. The pressure is on if they are to impress the awesome palate of Michel's sous chef Monica and stand a chance of cooking for her boss. For now, they are all safe but in the next episode five of these ten chefs must return and face their final test, before Monica and Gregg decide who will be the first to cook for culinary giant Michel Roux Jnr.

  • S04E10 Episode 10

    • November 22, 2011
    • BBC Two

    Five of the ten chefs return to face Monica and Gregg in a skills test before the judges must decide who will be eliminated. Only the best four chefs will cook for legendary Michel Roux Jr. For the skills test, Monica asks them to pluck and prepare a wood pigeon for roasting. With only 15 minutes in hand, the chefs have to pluck like never before if they are to deliver a perfect pigeon with skin intact. At the end, Monica and Gregg must decide who will be leaving the competition. The pressure now mounts as the four remaining chefs must raise their game for Michelin-starred legend Michel Roux Jr. Michel cooks 'calamars farcis aux riz sauvage' or squid stuffed with wild rice - before asking the chefs to recreate the dish in just 60 minutes. To achieve delicate flavours, stunning presentation and attention to detail, the chefs will have to dig deep to impress. Then, they are asked to prepare their own classic dish for Michel and Gregg in just one hour. With so much at stake, nerves are running high. After judging each plate on presentation and flavour, Michel and Gregg will send one more chef home. The best three remaining chefs will go through to the quarter-final and move a step closer to winning the title of Professional MasterChef.

  • S04E11 Episode 11

    • November 23, 2011
    • BBC Two

    Five of the ten chefs return to face Monica and Gregg in a skills test before the judges must decide who will be eliminated. Only the best four chefs will cook for legendary Michel Roux Jnr. For the skills test, Monica asks them to prepare and bone out a whole seabass for stuffing, and make a seabass tartare. With only 15 minutes to deliver it is seriously tough for the chefs who must show off their knife skills, then wow the judges with a perfectly tasting tartare. At the end, Monica and Gregg must decide who will be leaving the competition. The pressure mounts as the four remaining chefs must raise their game for Michelin starred legend Michel Roux Jnr. Michel cooks a classic recipe of 'tarte chocolat-framboises', chocolate tart with raspberries, before asking the chefs to recreate it in 60 minutes. Nerves are palpable as the chefs battle to produce a beautifully plated dessert. Then, they are given just one hour to prepare their own classic dish. With only three places up for grabs, there is a lot at stake to pull out all the stops. Only the best three remaining chefs will go through to the quarter final and move a step closer to winning the title of Professional MasterChef.

  • S04E12 Episode 12

    • November 24, 2011
    • BBC Two

    In another quarter-final, the six best chefs from the first heats must prove to Michel and Gregg they have what it takes by making a dish of their own invention. Choosing from a fantastic array of fresh produce including poussin, sea bream, girolles, asparagus, strawberries and white chocolate, they must blow the judges away with one course. Only the best four chefs will go on to showcase their skill to three of the UK's toughest restaurant critics. The critics will be expecting two exceptional courses and the chefs have only an hour and a quarter to produce a jaw dropping menu that will determine their MasterChef future. Only the two most talented chefs will go through to the semi- finals and stand a chance of becoming this year's Professional MasterChef.

  • S04E13 Episode 13

    • November 28, 2011
    • BBC Two

    It is the last of the heat weeks. The final set of ten chefs plucked from kitchens across Britain arrive at the MasterChef kitchen to face their first test. They have just one challenge that will demonstrate to Monica and Gregg whether they have the necessary skills and palate to cook for Monica's legendary boss Michel Roux Jr. In the Invention Test, the ten chefs have to grapple with their nerves as they have only 50 minutes to create a dish from just six ingredients: strawberries, a bar of white chocolate, an aubergine, tofu, a bunch of basil and a bag of St George's mushrooms. They must prove their skill, palate and creativity. The pressure is on if they are to impress Monica and stand a chance of cooking for Michel. For now, they are all safe, but over the next two nights each of these ten chefs must return to face on more test before Monica and Gregg decide who will win the honour of cooking for culinary giant Michel Roux Jr.

  • S04E14 Episode 14

    • November 29, 2011
    • BBC Two

    In this show, five of the ten chefs from the previous day's heat return to face Monica and Gregg in a skills test: Monica asks them to tunnel bone a leg of lamb and tie it ready for roasting. With only ten minutes in hand, the chefs have to work fast using their finest knife skills if they are to deliver. At the end Monica and Gregg must decide who will be leaving the competition. Only the best four chefs go forward to cook for legendary Michel Roux Jr. The pressure now mounts as the four remaining chefs face two challenges for Michelin-starred legend Michel Roux Jr. For their first classic test, Michel cooks nouilles aux fruits de mer, i.e. pasta with a light creamy seafood sauce, before asking the chefs to recreate the dish in just 60 minutes. To achieve such delicate flavours, faultless presentation and total attention to detail, the chefs have to concentrate and deliver like never before. Finally, the chefs are asked to prepare their own classic dish for Michel and Gregg in just one hour. With so much at stake, nerves are running high. After judging each plate on presentation and flavour, Michel and Gregg send one more chef home. The best three remaining chefs go through to the quarter-final, moving a step closer to winning the title of Professional MasterChef.

  • S04E15 Episode 15

    • November 30, 2011
    • BBC Two

    In this show, the remaining five chefs from Monday's heat return to face Monica and Gregg in a skills test. Monica asks them to make a swiss meringue to pipe on to a lemon tart, before glazing and serving it with a sauce. With only 15 minutes to deliver, it is seriously tough for the chefs, many of whom have little experience of the pastry section. They have to hold their nerve if they are to serve up a sumptuously piped dessert. At the end Monica and Gregg must decide who will be leaving the competition. Only the best four chefs go forward to cook for legendary Michel Roux Jr. The pressure now mounts as the four remaining chefs face two challenges for Michelin-starred legend Michel Roux Jr. For their first test, Michel cooks a classic recipe of pigeon roti aux petits pois a la francaise, i.e. roasted pigeon with stewed peas a la francaise, before asking the chefs to recreate it in 60 minutes. Nerves are palpable as the chefs battle to produce an elegant and perfectly executed plate. Finally, the contestants are given just one hour to prepare their own classic dish. With only three places up for grabs, there is a lot at stake to pull out all the stops. Only the best three remaining chefs go through to the quarter-final, moving a step closer to winning the title of Professional MasterChef.

  • S04E16 Episode 16

    • December 1, 2011
    • BBC Two

    For the week's six best chefs, this is where the battle really begins. First they must prove to Michel and Gregg they have what it takes with a dish of their own invention. Choosing from a beautiful array of fresh produce including clams, whiting, john dory, poussin, fennel, girolles and thyme, they must dazzle the judges with just one course. Only the best four chefs go on to showcase their skill to three of the UK's toughest restaurant critics. The critics are expecting two exceptional courses, and the chefs have only an hour and a quarter to produce an outstanding menu that will determine their MasterChef future. Only the two most skilful chefs go through to the semi-finals, standing a chance of becoming this year's Professional MasterChef.

  • S04E17 Episode 17

    • December 5, 2011
    • BBC Two

    After four weeks of competing, only 8 exceptionally talented young chefs remain. The competition now fires up with one extraordinary challenge: making a show stopping dish for judges Michel and Gregg, joined by Michel's formidable sous chef, Monica Galetti. To win over this trio of palates, they will have to cook out of their skin. With only one hour and 45 minutes to deliver, they have to make a simply sublime dish bursting with skill, flair, flavour, and of course it has to be immaculately presented. The stakes are high for the chefs who must fight for one of only six places - to stay in the competition they will have to fire on every cylinder. At the end of it, Michel and Gregg will decide which two chefs are leaving the competition. Only the six best chefs will go on to battle for the title of Professional Masterchef.

  • S04E18 Episode 18

    • December 6, 2011
    • BBC Two

    Double-Michelin-starred chef Michel Roux Jnr and MasterChef dining expert Gregg Wallace ask two of their skilful semi -finalists to step up to service at London's two star L'Atelier de Joel Robuchon, famous for its French cuisine with Spanish and Japanese influences. Working under head chef Olivier Limousin, they must now compete in the heat of service and reach the exacting standards of two Michelin star cuisine. They will each be responsible for a highly complex dish that must be executed with precision, finesse, and on time. No mistakes will be tolerated. Then, the bar is raised higher as Olivier asks them to recreate one of his favourite signature dishes: caramelised lamb sweetbreads with maple syrup walnuts, fresh almonds, pine nuts, served on blanched cabbage leaves, sauteed root vegetables and a lamb jus. With so many elements to balance, it's a battle for the chefs to reach the dizzy heights required. Then, the two semi-finalists return to the studio for one last challenge before one of them will be sent home. In this daunting final test, they must produce a main and dessert inspired by their Michelin experience in just two hours - they simply have to blow the judges' minds. Any mistake could cost them the competition so with the pressure firmly on, it is a tense and thrilling battle. Once Michel and Gregg have judged their two courses, they must decide which chef will leave the competition. At the end, only the very best chef will win a place in the finals and have the chance to become this year's champion.

  • S04E19 Episode 19

    • December 7, 2011
    • BBC Two

    Double-Michelin-starred chef Michel Roux Jnr and MasterChef dining expert Gregg Wallace throw their semi -finalists in to the white heat of service at Andrew Fairlie at Gleneagles. Working under chef patron, Andrew Fairlie, the formidable first winner of the prestigious Roux scholarship, they must now compete in service and reach the exacting standards of two Michelin star cuisine. Each semi- finalist will make a highly complex dish that must be executed with precision, finesse, delicacy, and it has to be on time. No mistakes will be tolerated. Then, the bar is raised higher as they compete again - they must both recreate one of Andrew Fairlie's signature dishes: cured mackerel, crab claw meat on cumin and seaweed paste, with a crab and sea cucumber jelly ballotine. With such an intricate balancing act of flavour and texture, the chefs battle to reach the awesome heights required. Then, the two semi-finalists return to the studio for one last challenge before one of them will be sent home. In this daunting final test, they must deliver a main and dessert inspired by their Michelin experience in just two hours - they simply have to wow the judges. Knowing that any mistake could cost them the competition, the chefs have to combat nerves, pressure, and cook their hearts out to stay in the running. After Michel and Gregg have judged their two courses, they will have to decide who will leave the competition. At the end, only the very best chef will progress to the Finals and have the chance to become this year's MasterChef Champion.

  • S04E20 Episode 20

    • December 8, 2011
    • BBC Two

    Double-Michelin-starred chef Michel Roux Jnr and MasterChef dining expert Gregg Wallace ask the last pair of semi-finalists to step up to service at Pied a Terre. Working under head chef Marcus Eaves, they must now compete in the heat of service and reach the exacting standards of Michelin star cuisine. They will each be responsible for a highly complex dish that must be executed with precision, finesse, and on time. No mistakes will be tolerated. Then, after a relentless service the chefs must compete again recreating one of Marcus's signature dishes: poached lobster with crushed peas, confit white peach and a mint and tarragon emulsion. To bring together such a delicate balance of flavour, it's a battle for the chefs to reach the extraordinary level required. Then, the two semi-finalists return to the studio for one last challenge before one of them will be sent home. In this daunting final test, they must produce a main and dessert inspired by their Michelin experience in just two hours - they simply have to electrify the judges with their cooking. Any mistake could cost them the competition so with the pressure firmly on, it is a tense and thrilling battle. Once Michel and Gregg have judged their two courses, they must decide which chef will leave the competition. At the end, only the very best chef will win a place in the finals and have the chance to become this year's champion.

  • SPECIAL 0x1 Michel's Classics

    • December 9, 2011
    • BBC Two

    Hot off the back of MasterChef: The Professionals, double Michelin-starred Michel Roux Jr gives MasterChef fans and serious cooks a culinary masterclass, demonstrating classics from the latest series as well as others from his legendary heritage. In the first of these two half-hour specials, Michel lovingly prepares sumptuous dishes close to his heart with unique tips and historic notes from his Roux heritage. Michel introduces us to indulgent French classics at their most delectable, with dishes such as the divine Burgundian classic oeufs pochés meurette - a red wine poached egg on fried brioche with mushroom duxelle; an incredibly extravagant brunch for even the most practised of diners. We also see the paté of all patés - dodine de canard aux pistaches, a whole stuffed duck with pistachios prepared over three days and served as a terrine with pickles. Finally, there's the sublime patisserie St Honoré a la crème chantilly, choux buns with caramel and crème chantilly in abundance. This is cooking at its most extravagant but Michel Roux Jr guides viewers through these beautiful dishes with ease and flair, leaving their mouths watering.

  • S04E21 Episode 21

    • December 12, 2011
    • BBC Two

    It's Final Week on MasterChef: The Professionals and only four exceptional chefs remain to battle it out for the title. Michel Roux Jr and Gregg Wallace will really push the finalists to the absolute extremes of their cooking ability. The week starts with double Michelin starred Michel asking the finalists to show off some creativity, skill and ambition. They are given a range of great cuts of meat as inspiration - beef cuts including fillet, sirloin, bavette, rump, rib eye and fore rib, as well as a whole chicken and giblets. They have just one hour and forty-five minutes to prepare a stand out starter and main. At this point in the competition, there is nowhere to hide. The chefs have to be brave, push boundaries and excel if they are to come close to claiming the title. Only the most outstanding will walk away as Professional MasterChef Champion 2011.

  • S04E22 Episode 22

    • December 13, 2011
    • BBC Two

    It's Final Week on MasterChef: The Professionals and only three exceptional chefs remain to battle it out for the title. It's time for Michel Roux Jr and Gregg Wallace to turn the heat up to boiling point. The three finalists hit the culinary fast lane cooking at San Pellegrino's second best restaurant in the world: El Celler de Can Roca, in Catalonia. Double Michelin starred Michel Roux Jr and MasterChef Judge Gregg Wallace challenge the three finalists to make the leap into the gastronomic top league and prove they can cook with the best in the world. The chefs travel to Catalonia in northern Spain to the three Michelin starred El Celler de Can Roca where they are in for the biggest culinary treat of their lives.

  • S04E23 Episode 23

    • December 14, 2011
    • BBC Two

    It's Final Week on MasterChef: The Professionals and only three exceptional chefs remain to battle it out for the title and Michel Roux Jr and Gregg Wallace have turned the heat up to boiling point. It's time for the penultimate challenge - The Chef's Table. Michelin starred Michel and MasterChef Judge Gregg take the unprecedented risk of asking the three finalists to design and cook three courses, one dish each, to be served to a collection of some of the greatest chefs in Europe.

  • S04E24 Episode 24

    • December 15, 2011
    • BBC Two

    It's the Grand Final of MasterChef: The Professionals. After six weeks of fierce culinary jousting, one of the three exceptional finalists will be crowned Professional MasterChef Champion 2011. Double Michelin starred Michel Roux Jr and MasterChef Judge Gregg Wallace ask the finalists to cook one last time. They need to aim for the stars with their ultimate three-course menu. This is the summit of their journey where they have to bring together all their inspiration, hard work, flair, skill, in order to delight the judges with some jaw dropping dishes. These professional chefs all share the same goal, to become champion, and an intense finale awaits with some of the most ambitious dishes ever on MasterChef.

Season 5

  • S05E01 Episode 1

    • November 5, 2012
    • BBC Two

    Ten chefs from kitchens all over Britain begin this year's competition. The chefs must make one dish using a selection of just seven ingredients.

  • S05E02 Episode 2

    • November 6, 2012
    • BBC Two

    Five of the ten chefs return to face Monica and Gregg in a skills test before the judges decide who will be eliminated.

  • S05E03 Episode 3

    • November 7, 2012
    • BBC Two

    Each chef has to make honeycomb and then mould it into three different dessert decorations, with only 15 minutes to show off their skill.

  • S05E04 Episode 4

    • November 8, 2012
    • BBC Two

    The six best chefs from this week's heats return for this week's quarter final. First they must prove to Michel and Gregg they have what it takes with a dish of their own invention.; the best four then showcase their skill to three of the UK's toughest restaurant critics.

  • S05E05 Episode 5

    • November 12, 2012
    • BBC Two

    In this heat, ten chefs plucked from kitchens across Britain arrive at the Masterchef kitchen to face the first of two tests. They must prove to Monica and Gregg that they have skills and palate required to cook for Michel. In today's seven ingredient invention test, the ten chefs must put nerves aside and create a dish from a selection that includes puy lentils, goats cheese and peaches, in just one hour. The pressure is on if they are to impress the palate of Monica and stand a chance of cooking for Michel. For now, they are all safe but tomorrow night five of these ten chefs must return and face their final test before Monica and Gregg decide who will cook for Michel Roux Jr.

  • S05E06 Episode 6

    • November 13, 2012
    • BBC Two

    Five of the ten chefs from the previous heat face Monica and Gregg in a skills test. Only the best four chefs will get through to cook for Michel Roux Jr.

  • S05E07 Episode 7

    • November 14, 2012
    • BBC Two

    The five chefs from the first heat face Monica and Gregg in a skills test; the best four then meet Michel Roux who demonstrates how to prepare foie de lotte, monkfish liver three ways and asks them to recreate the dishes.

  • S05E08 Episode 8

    • November 15, 2012
    • BBC Two

    The best four chefs showcase their skill to the UK's hardest to please restaurant critics.

  • S05E09 Episode 9

    • November 19, 2012
    • BBC Two

    Ten chefs are challenged to create a dish from a selection of seven ingredients.

  • S05E10 Episode 10

    • November 20, 2012
    • BBC Two

    To begin, the remaining four chefs are challenged to prepare three different sauces.

  • S05E11 Episode 11

    • November 21, 2012
    • BBC Two

    The remaining five chefs from the last heat are challenged to prepare a beef kidney.

  • S05E12 Episode 12

    • November 22, 2012
    • BBC Two

    The week's five best chefs must create a dish of their own invention.

  • S05E13 Episode 13

    • November 26, 2012
    • BBC Two

    In this heat, ten chefs face their first test, to create a dish from a selection of beef mince, wild mushrooms, aubergine, red wine, pears, brioche and almonds.

  • S05E14 Episode 14

    • November 27, 2012
    • BBC Two

    The remaining five chefs are challenged to make a crepe soufflé.

  • S05E15 Episode 15

    • November 28, 2012
    • BBC Two

    The remaining five chefs face a skills test to prepare and serve sea urchin.

  • S05E16 Episode 16

    • November 29, 2012
    • BBC Two

    The week's six best chefs must create a dish of their own invention.

  • S05E17 Episode 17

    • December 3, 2012
    • BBC Two

    Hoping to progress to the last six, the chefs make a show-stopping dish for the judges.

  • S05E18 Episode 18

    • December 4, 2012
    • BBC Two

    The first pair of semi-finalists go head to head as they face three grueling challenges.

  • S05E19 Episode 19

    • December 5, 2012
    • BBC Two

    The second pair of semi-finalists go head to head in service at Midsummer House with double Michelin starred Daniel Clifford who has run the restaurant for 15 years. They must meet the exacting standards of two Michelin star cuisine, making a highly complex dish executed with precision, finesse, delicacy - and it has to be on time. The bar is then raised higher as they compete again, recreating one of Daniel Clifford's signature dishes: rosemary smoked rump of lamb, courgette and basil puree, piquillo pepper puree and a courgette and yogurt dressing. Finally, the chefs return to the studio where they must deliver a main and dessert inspired by their Michelin experience. They simply have to wow the judges. After Michel and Gregg have judged their two courses, they decide who will leave the competition.

  • S05E20 Episode 20

    • December 6, 2012
    • BBC Two

    The last pair of semi-finalists go head to head in service at the UK's only two Michelin starred pub, The Hand and Flowers in Marlow, Buckinghamshire, as they fight for a place in the final. Working under chef-patron Tom Kerridge, the contestants must compete in the heat of service and reach the exacting standards of Michelin star cuisine. They are each responsible for a highly complex dish that must be executed with precision, finesse and on time. Then the chefs must compete again, recreating one of Tom Kerridge's signature dishes: duck breast, duck fat chips and gravy. The two semi-finalists return to the studio for one last challenge - they must produce a main and dessert inspired by their Michelin experience. Once Michel and Gregg have judged their two courses, they must decide who will win a place in the final.

  • S05E21 Episode 21

    • December 10, 2012
    • BBC Two

    Michel Roux Jr and Masterchef Judge Gregg Wallace are on the hunt for an ambitious talented chef who wants to make it to the top of the culinary world. After five weeks of competing the most talented contestants have made it through to the finals week and are one step closer to winning the Professional MasterChef title. But there is one more task standing between them and the amazing culinary adventures ahead. The chefs have to invent two courses from a range of ingredients. But to really push their creativity and inventiveness, they are given no fish, no meat and no poultry. Who is versatile enough to cook a daring, flavoursome and delicious meal for the judges without some of the most common ingredients at their disposal? And who will fall by the wayside at this crucial stage?

  • S05E22 Episode 22

    • December 11, 2012
    • BBC Two

    The three chefs cook a three course menu for one, two, and three-Michelin-starred chefs including culinary godfathers, Anton Mosimann and Michel Roux.

  • S05E23 Episode 23

    • December 12, 2012
    • BBC Two

    The three finalists compete at the one restaurant which has been more influential to its generation than any other in the world - Heston Blumenthal's.

  • S05E24 Episode 24

    • December 13, 2012
    • BBC Two

    It's the final of professional MasterChef and there is just one challenge left.

Season 6

  • S06E01 Episode 1

    • November 4, 2013
    • BBC Two

    Michel Roux Jr, Monica Galetti and Gregg Wallace begin their search for a 2013 winner.

  • S06E02 Episode 2

    • November 5, 2013
    • BBC Two

    Four of the chefs face three daunting tests and meet Michel Roux Jr for the first time.

  • S06E03 Episode 3

    • November 6, 2013
    • BBC Two

    The next four chefs are tested and must create a classic dish with no weights or measures.

  • S06E04 Episode 4

    • November 7, 2013
    • BBC Two

    The six best chefs return for the quarter-finals. Only two will progress to next level.

  • S06E05 Episode 5

    • November 11, 2013
    • BBC Two

    The eight chefs must concoct a dish using a selection of just seven ingredients.

  • S06E06 Episode 6

    • November 12, 2013
    • BBC Two

    The chefs return to face Monica's Skills test and cook two classic dishes for Michel.

  • S06E07 Episode 7

    • November 13, 2013
    • BBC Two

    The second set of four chefs face Monica's Skills Test then cook two classics for Michel.

  • S06E08 Episode 8

    • November 14, 2013
    • BBC Two

    The pressure is on as the week's six best chefs are cut down to only two.

  • S06E09 Episode 9

    • November 18, 2013
    • BBC Two

    It is the third week of heats. Eight chefs begin by facing Monica's Invention Test.

  • S06E10 Episode 10

    • November 19, 2013
    • BBC Two

    The first four chefs from this week's heat are challenged to create a savoury sabayon.

  • S06E11 Episode 11

    • November 20, 2013
    • BBC Two

    The remaining four chefs in this week's heat face a test of their bread-making skills.

  • S06E12 Episode 12

    • November 21, 2013
    • BBC Two

    The week's six best chefs must first impress Michel and Monica, then a panel of critics.

  • S06E13 Episode 13

    • November 25, 2013
    • BBC Two

    Monica challenges the eight chefs to make a dish using a selection of seven ingredients.

  • S06E14 Episode 14

    • November 26, 2013
    • BBC Two

    Monica challenges the chefs to debone a saddle of lamb and roll and tie it for roasting.

  • S06E15 Episode 15

    • November 27, 2013
    • BBC Two

    The chefs are given 15 minutes to make a creme patissiere to use as base for a souffle.

  • S06E16 Episode 16

    • November 28, 2013
    • BBC Two

    The week's six best chefs face a tough battle for just two semi-final places.

  • S06E17 Episode 17

    • December 2, 2013
    • BBC Two

    The eight remaining chefs are given two hours to prepare a dish to impress Gregg Wallace.

  • S06E18 Episode 18

    • December 3, 2013
    • BBC Two

    The first two semi-finalists do battle at London restaurant Dinner by Heston Blumenthal.

  • S06E19 Episode 19

    • December 4, 2013
    • BBC Two

    The second pair of semi-finalists take charge of courses at The Latymer in Surrey.

  • S06E20 Episode 20

    • December 5, 2013
    • BBC Two

    The last pair of semi-finalists are sent into service at Sat Bains in Nottingham.

  • S06E21 Episode 21

    • December 9, 2013
    • BBC Two

    The finalists must create dishes from a selection of kitchen scraps and leftovers.

  • S06E22 Episode 22

    • December 10, 2013
    • BBC Two

    The finalists are sent to cook at the celebrated Osteria Francescana restaurant in Italy.

  • S06E23 Episode 23

    • December 11, 2013
    • BBC Two

    The finalists hope to impress thirty of the world's greatest chefs at a unique dinner.

  • S06E24 Episode 24

    • December 12, 2013
    • BBC Two

    In the final, the chefs have three hours to create an exceptional three-course meal.

Season 7

  • S07E01 Episode 1

    • November 4, 2014
    • BBC Two

    Monica Galetti, Gregg Wallace and new judge Marcus Wareing begin their search for a 2014 winner as five ambitious chefs cook to impress, hoping to secure a quarter-final place.

  • S07E02 Episode 2

    • November 5, 2014
    • BBC Two

    Monica Galetti, Gregg Wallace and Marcus Wareing search for a culinary star as five more chefs cook to impress, hoping to secure a quarter-final place.

  • S07E03 Episode 3

    • November 6, 2014
    • BBC Two

    Monica Galetti, Gregg Wallace and Marcus Wareing search for a culinary star. In the first quarter-final, the chefs must produce a two-course menu for a panel of restaurant critics.

  • S07E04 Episode 4

    • November 11, 2014
    • BBC Two

    Monica Galetti, Gregg Wallace and new judge Marcus Wareing put five new chefs through their paces including preparing a woodcock for roasting and recreating Marcus's custard tart.

  • S07E05 Episode 5

    • November 12, 2014
    • BBC Two

    Monica Galetti, Gregg Wallace and new judge Marcus Wareing put five new chefs through their paces, challenges include preparing a pork belly for roasting in just 20 minutes.

  • S07E06 Episode 6

    • November 13, 2014
    • BBC Two

    It's quarter-final day. Two Michelin-starred chef Marcus Wareing, the formidable Monica Galetti and MasterChef's seasoned diner Gregg Wallace push the professional chefs to the limits as they hunt for Britain's next culinary superstar. The chefs' first challenge is the Invention Test - this one will push them to their limits. Whilst the chefs are used to cooking with the finest ingredients, they are instead faced with the kitchen scraps and trimmings, from which our judges expect them to create one course that truly impresses. Their ingredients include bones and offcuts, fish skin, overripe fruits, cooked rice, cheese and stale bread. It's a daunting challenge but the price is high - after judging their dishes, Marcus and Monica will decide who is worthy of continuing in the competition. Next, the chefs face the terrifying task of showcasing their skill to three of the UK's hardest-to-please restaurant critics. With a semi-final place at stake, the chefs have an hour and 15 minutes to create a stunning two-course menu which will determine their MasterChef future. Sitting in judgement of their culinary abilities are critics Tracey MacLeod, Jay Rayner and William Sitwell. Only the most exceptional chefs can make it through to the semi-finals and move a step closer to the coveted title of Professional MasterChef 2014.

  • S07E07 Episode 7

    • November 18, 2014
    • BBC Two

    It's the third week of the heats, and five ambitious chefs from across the country begin their bid for the title with the first challenge - the Signature Dish Test. The professional chefs have just one hour to cook a stunning plate of food that truly showcases their talent. This could be their only chance to impress the judges as after the test, one chef will be sent home. Next, the remaining four chefs face Monica's Skills Test. Monica and Gregg ask each chef to showcase their pastry skills by making Monica's version of the French pastry, millefeuille. They must use their culinary skills and knowledge to first create caramel tuiles before using them to build a perfectly formed millefeuille with crème patissiere and raspberries, all in just 20 minutes. Finally, the chefs face Michelin-starred legend Marcus Wareing with his version of the infamous Invention Test. Marcus cooks roast lamb, mint and radish, but this is no simple dish. Once Marcus has shown the viewers how, he cooks his stunning shoulder of lamb. The chefs then have just ten minutes to compose and one hour to cook a spectacular lamb dish, which will prove they are worthy of a quarter-final place. Marcus is joined by Monica to decide who must go home and who has the culinary talent to continue in the competition.

  • S07E08 Episode 8

    • November 19, 2014
    • BBC Two

    Two Michelin-starred chef Marcus Wareing joins perfectionist chef Monica Galetti, and MasterChef's seasoned diner Gregg Wallace to seek out up-and-coming culinary stars. Five more ambitious chefs from across the country begin their bid to be crowned Professional MasterChef 2014 by facing three daunting tests. Their first challenge is the Signature Dish Test. The five chefs have one hour to cook one plate of food that showcases just what they can do. They must show off their culinary skills and impress the judges from the off as after this one chef must leave the competition. The pressure mounts for the remaining four chefs with Monica's feared Skills Test. The chefs have just 20 minutes to prepare a whelks and winkles dish. Monica shows viewers how she would prepare her seafood dish, but the chefs won't get to see how she tackles the challenge. Instead, they have to use their wits, culinary knowledge and common sense to create a dish that impresses. With Monica scrutinising their every move, only those who hold their nerve will succeed. It is then up to the chefs to raise their culinary game as they face Marcus Wareing's Invention Test. Marcus demonstrates to viewers his indulgent warm chocolate pudding with salted caramel ice cream and cocoa nib tuile - a dish inspired by his childhood but beautifully refined. With the same ingredients on offer as well as an array of other incredible ingredients, the chefs have just ten minutes to compose and one hour to cook a stunning chocolate dessert. Marcus and Monica then have the difficult task of deciding who must go home and who deserves a place in the quarter-final.

  • S07E09 Episode 9

    • November 20, 2014
    • BBC Two

    Two Michelin-starred chef Marcus Wareing, the formidable Monica Galetti and MasterChef's seasoned diner Gregg Wallace seek out up-and-coming culinary stars. The week's best chefs return for the quarter-finals and this is where the battle really begins. Their first challenge is an Invention Test - but this one has a twist. The quarter-finalists must create an exceptional plate of food from the kitchen offcuts and trimmings. Gone are the selections of quality ingredients they are used to cooking with. Instead, the judges ask them to make their dishes from kitchen scraps, including bones and offcuts, fish skins, overripe fruits, cheese and stale bread. It's a daunting challenge and the price is high - after judging their dishes, Marcus and Monica will decide who is worthy of continuing in the competition. Next, the chefs face the terrifying task of showcasing their skill to three of the country's toughest restaurant critics. With a semi-final place at stake, the chefs have an hour and 15 minutes to create a stunning two-course menu that will determine their MasterChef future. Sitting in judgment of their culinary abilities are critics Charles Campion, Tracey MacLeod and Jay Rayner. Only the most exceptional chefs can make it through to the semi-finals and move a step closer to the coveted title of Professional MasterChef 2014.

  • S07E10 Episode 10

    • November 25, 2014
    • BBC Two

    It's the last week of the heats and five ambitious chefs from kitchens across the country begin their bid for the title when they face their first challenge - the Signature Dish Test. With just one hour to cook a stunning plate of food that truly showcases their talent, the professional chefs must pull out all the stops to impress the judges. After this test, the judges must send one chef home. In the feared Skills Test, Monica asks the remaining chefs to prepare and deliver a cuttlefish dish in just 15 minutes. It's a tough challenge, especially for those chefs unfamiliar with prepping such an ingredient, but they must draw on all their culinary knowledge and hold their nerve if they are to impress. Any mistakes now could seriously damage their chances of continuing in the competition. It is then up to the chefs to raise their culinary game as they face Marcus Wareing's version of the Invention Test. First Marcus demonstrates one of his favourite recipes to viewers at home. This time it's his classic sweetbread dish - Pan-fried sweetbreads with wet polenta and confit lemon. The chefs are then given the main ingredient of sweetbreads and a larder containing the rest of the components in Marcus's dish, as well as an array of other high quality ingredients. In their final chance to impress, the professional chefs have just ten minutes to compose and one hour to cook an inspired plate of food that will prove they are worthy of a quarter-final place.

  • S07E11 Episode 11

    • November 26, 2014
    • BBC Two

    In the final heat show, the last five ambitious chefs plucked from kitchens across the country begin their bid to be crowned Professional MasterChef 2014 with three daunting tests. Their first challenge is the Signature Dish Test. The five chefs have one hour to cook one plate of food that showcases just what they can do. They must impress the judges from the off, because after this round one chef must leave the competition. The pressure mounts for the remaining four chefs with Monica's feared skills test. The chefs have just 15 minutes to prepare three canapes - one blini, one crostini and one vol-au-vent. Monica demonstrates how she would approach the test to the viewers, and then it's the turn of the professional chefs. With Monica scrutinising their every move, only those who hold their nerve will succeed. Finally, it's the chefs' last chance to impress as they face Marcus Wareing's Invention Test. Marcus demonstrates to viewers a beautiful crab dish, inspired by his early days in the kitchen as a young chef - crab-stuffed courgette flowers, chargrilled baby courgettes, baby artichokes, brown crab meat, chargrilled bread and sea herbs, served on a bed of aioli. Then, the chefs have to create a spectacular dish based on the same core ingredient. As well as the components of Marcus's dish, the professional chefs also have an array of other incredible ingredients to choose from. The four have just ten minutes to compose a crab-based dish and one hour to cook an inspired plate of food which will prove they deserve a place in the next round.

  • S07E12 Episode 12

    • November 27, 2014
    • BBC Two

    The week's best chefs return for the quarter-finals and this is where the battle really begins. Their first challenge is an Invention Test - but this one has a twist. The quarter-finalists must create an exceptional plate of food from the kitchen offcuts and trimmings. Gone are the array of quality ingredients they are used to cooking with. Instead, the judges ask them to make their dishes from kitchen scraps, including bones, trimmings, fish skins, over-ripe fruits, cheese and stale bread. It's a daunting challenge and the price is high - after judging their dishes, Marcus and Monica decide who is worthy of continuing in the competition. Next, the chefs face the terrifying task of showcasing their skill to three of the country's toughest restaurant critics. The critics expect two exceptional courses and the chefs only have one hour and 15 minutes to produce an outstanding menu - good enough to secure their MasterChef future. Sitting in judgment of their culinary abilities are critics Charles Campion, William Sitwell and Jay Rayner. Only the two most skilful chefs can make it through to the semi-finals and continue the fight for the coveted title of Professional MasterChef 2014.

  • S07E13 Episode 13

    • December 2, 2014
    • BBC Two

    It's the semi-finals. Two Michelin-starred Marcus Wareing, formidable chef Monica Galetti and MasterChef's seasoned diner Gregg Wallace step up the pressure in their search for a culinary talent exceptional enough to take the coveted title. After four weeks of fierce competition only the 12 best chefs remain, and the battle is on as they come together for the first time to cook off against each other. Their fate now rests in the hands of the infamous Invention Test. The 12 chefs have an abundant selection of meat and fish, fruit and vegetables and herbs and spices to choose from, but this time all the modern machines have been removed from the MasterChef kitchen. They must go back to basics using just the hobs and ovens - and their chef's intuition - to cook their dishes. As well as having to think on their feet and show off their creativity, their skills and judgment are tested to the limit. In two hours they need to deliver one dish that stands out from the crowd and proves to judges that they have a future in the competition. Marcus, Monica and Gregg choose the best eight chefs to go straight through, leaving the four weakest to cook off in a fight for one of two remaining places in the competition. In the most pressured hour and a half of their lives, the four remaining chefs must cook their showstopper dish, knowing nothing less that perfection is necessary if they want to survive. Only the ten best chefs can go on to battle for the title of Professional MasterChef.

  • S07E14 Episode 14

    • December 3, 2014
    • BBC Two

    It's the semi-finals. Marcus Wareing and Monica Galetti send the first two talented semi-finalists to Mayfair's Connaught Hotel to experience service in the two-Michelin-starred kitchen of exceptional French chef Helene Darroze. With a successful Michelin-starred restaurant in Paris already, in 2011 Helene brought her acclaimed food across the channel, and is now one of only nine establishments in the capital to hold two stars. The semi-finalists must quickly adjust to cooking at the highest level in Helene's concentrated and largely silent kitchen, as they each take responsibility for one of the unique, precise dishes on her lunch menu. With diners paying up to £125 a head, it's vital they deliver to her exacting standards. Once service is over they each have to prepare Helene's signature dish of black squid ink, with Acquerello rice, calamari, blue lobster, clams and parmigiano reggiano foam for her to taste. A dish that she created eight years ago and that remains very close to her heart, the pressure is on for the chefs to impress with their plate. Finally, the two semi-finalists return to the studio to cook for the last time before Marcus and Monica decide on their fate. They have two hours to produce a main and dessert inspired by their Michelin experience and good enough to blow the judges away. It is a tense and thrilling battle where any mistake could cost them the competition. Once Marcus and Monica have judged their two courses, they must decide which of the chefs is good enough to become a Professional MasterChef finalist.

  • S07E15 Episode 15

    • December 4, 2014
    • BBC Two

    It's the semi-finals. First up, the chefs head to London's Knightsbridge to cook for the formidable French chef Pierre Koffmann. With a fearsome reputation and over 50 years of experience, he has trained a generation of great chefs, including Gordon Ramsay, Michel Roux Jr and Tom Kitchen. The semi-finalists face the daunting task of a lunchtime service under this culinary superstar. Each is responsible for a Koffmann classic from the lunch menu, and they must immediately get to grips with his back-to-basics, instinctive approach to cooking. And if that wasn't intimidating enough, after service they must each cook Pierre one of his own famous signature dishes. Created in the 1970s and still a restaurant favourite, they will need a steady hand and a cool head to deliver a perfect version of confi'd salmon with sauteed bayonne ham and a piperade of tomatoes and green pepper for the chef himself to taste. But the chefs' work is not yet done. Next the semi-finalists return to the MasterChef kitchen to battle it out for just one place in the final week. They have two hours to cook a perfect main course and dessert inspired by their time away for Monica and Marcus, anything less could cost them their place in the competition. The pressure is on to step up to the mark and show the judges why they deserve to go on in this the competition.

  • S07E16 Episode 16

    • December 9, 2014
    • BBC Two

    It's the semi-finals. Firstly, Marcus and Monica send the semi-finalists to London's Knightsbridge to work in service under one of the country's greatest fish chefs - Nathan Outlaw. Nathan earned his first Michelin star at the age of 25 and now holds three in Cornwall and one at Outlaw's, where the semi-finalists must deliver. First, Nathan shows each chef a dish from his menu, which they must take charge of in the lunchtime service. Their cooking skills, timing and judgement must be absolutely spot-on if they are to do justice to the delicate modern seafood dishes that have earned Nathan his award-winning reputation. With guests paying up to £100 a head for the chance to dine, Nathan lets nothing leave the kitchen unless it is executed to perfection. Next the chefs must prove their culinary skills once more as they cook Nathan their version of his acclaimed signature dish - turbot cooked on the bone, served with deep fried potatoes and capers, with asparagus, peas, broad beans and a warm tartare sauce. Using one of the most expensive fish available and with the added challenge of cooking it on the bone, they need to stay focused if they want to impress. Finally, the semi-finalists return to the MasterChef kitchen to cook two of the most important courses of their careers for Marcus and Monica. In this final battle for just one place in the final, they need to showcase all their skills, creativity and passion in an hour and 45 minutes if they are to convince the judges they've got what it takes to become a Professional MasterChef finalist.

  • S07E17 Episode 17

    • December 10, 2014
    • BBC Two

    It's the semi-finals. First up, Marcus and Monica send the semi-finalists to Hibiscus in London's Mayfair, the two Michelin-starred restaurant of the formidable chef Claude Bosi. Opened in 2007, Claude has earned his reputation with a food style that experiments with the classics and the chefs don't have long to master his dishes before they are thrown into a relentless three-hour lunch service. With the restaurant full, they must work fast while Claude watches their every move. With so much at risk, Claude checks every dish and will allow nothing but perfectly executed plates to leave his kitchen. If that wasn't daunting enough, after the exhausting service the semi-finalists cook Claude their version of his signature dish - roast squab pigeon breast and leg, with burnt tomato puree, confit carrot and a carrot salad, syrup confit of kumquat and a mint coriander and chilli sauce. Born out of his French roots and inspired by his travels around the world, it is a dish Claude has spent ten years perfecting and the pressure is on to impress as they replicate it for him to taste. Finally the semi-finalists return to cook for Marcus and Monica in the MasterChef Kitchen. They have an hour and 45 minutes to execute their two best courses of the competition, as they attempt to outshine their opponent in the brutal battle for just one place in Final Week.

  • S07E18 Episode 18

    • December 11, 2014
    • BBC Two

    It's the last of the semi-finals. The two remaining semi-finalists head to the Michelin-starred Wild Honey in London's Mayfair where they face a frenetic lunchtime service under chef patron Anthony Demetre. Anthony has been a pioneer in the trend for an informal approach to fine dining, first with Arbutus in Soho and more recently with Wild Honey. Now the chefs have just a few hours to adjust to the standards and speed of his kitchen, as they each take charge of a dish for the busy lunchtime service. It's a non-stop two and half hours in which they attempt to keep up with endless orders, whilst meeting Anthony's fastidious standards. Next the chefs have one more chance to impress as they cook one of Anthony Demetre's acclaimed signature dishes - the technically challenging stuffed roast saddle of rabbit in parma ham with girolles, peas, fresh almonds, gem lettuce and fennel, with lime gel, pea puree and a rabbit jus. Their timing must be spot-on if they are to do justice to this dish for Anthony. Finally, the semi-finalists return to the MasterChef Kitchen to cook for what could be the last time. In an hour and 45 minutes they need to show off all their culinary skills and creativity with two courses for Marcus and Monica. Nothing less than mind-blowing food will be good enough as the judges decide who has what it takes to become a Professional MasterChef finalist.

  • S07E19 Episode 19

    • December 17, 2014
    • BBC Two

    Five talented chefs have cooked their way to a place in Final Week and the chance to take part in the amazing culinary adventures that lie ahead over the next three nights. The remaining chefs must battle against each other for the once in a lifetime opportunity to cook for 25 of their peers at the Chefs' Table. Only the four best finalists will get this chance, as after the opening cook-off the judges will send one more home. The judges begin by setting the five finalists an invention test with a difference - they must create one dish without any meat, fish or poultry. From a selection of fruit, vegetables, eggs, cheeses, grains, nuts, herbs and spices, they have an hour and 15 minutes to draw on their chefs repertoire and deliver a dish showcasing all their culinary talents. After tasting their dishes the judges send one of them home. Next the remaining four chefs face the ultimate challenge - they must cook at one of most prestigious culinary events in Britain, when 25 of the greatest chefs in the country descend on central London for a unique dinner. Each finalist is in charge of cooking 26 portions of one of the menu's four courses - starter, fish, main and dessert. Over five tense hours in the kitchen, they meticulously prepare every one of the elements that make up their ambitious dishes, under the watchful eyes of Marcus and Monica. With the diners holding an incredible 40 Michelin stars between them, the finalists' plates of food could make or break their careers, and their chances of winning the MasterChef title.

  • S07E20 Episode 20

    • December 18, 2014
    • BBC Two

    The four remaining finalists battle it out to make it to the last three and the chance go on the trip of a lifetime to cook in one of the world's most creative restaurants. Their journey begins in the MasterChef kitchen, where they have two hours to simply cook a stunning plate of food for the judges. Nothing but their greatest dish will be good enough as after tasting the dishes, one chef will be sent home. The remaining three finalists travel to one of Europe's food capitals - San Sebastian in Spain. In its surrounding hills sits a food mecca, Mugaritz, and one of the most influential chefs of a generation, Andoni Luis Aduriz. The final three have a rare opportunity to spend two days at this world-renowned restaurant, learning from Andoni and his team. First, they get to grips with his food philosophy with a masterclass. It is vital the chefs take in as much as possible, because next they must prepare a Mugaritz inspired dish for Andoni himself. To pile on the pressure, if the chefs' dishes are strong enough, for the first time ever, Andoni has agreed to put them on the tasting menu at the lunchtime service the following day. The finalists return the next day to face the most nervewrecking challenge of their careers so far, when Andoni allows them to run service, cooking his nine course tasting menu for specially invited guests and the three MasterChef judges. Cooking at a level they have never come close to before, it is a tough ask for the three chefs. They need to impress.

  • S07E21 Episode 21

    • December 23, 2014
    • BBC Two

    It's the final, and for Marcus Wareing, Monica Galetti and Gregg Wallace, the search for a culinary talent exceptional enough to be crowned champion is almost over. Over the last seven weeks, 40 of Britain's most ambitious chefs have fought for the competition's coveted title and only the three best remain. As they cook for the last time, just three courses remain between them and the title of Professional MasterChef Champion 2014. The three finalists must cook the best three courses of their lives for the MasterChef judges. In three hours they must bring together a starter, a main and a dessert, showing off the culinary ability that has got them to this stage, and raise it to another level. As the tension builds, they pour their heart and soul into every plate of food - nothing but perfect execution, mind-blowing flavours and jaw-dropping presentation will win them the title.

Season 8

  • S08E01 Episode 1

    • November 10, 2015
    • BBC Two

    In this heat, chefs are challenged to make a classic French dessert and a blue steak.

  • S08E02 Episode 2

    • November 11, 2015
    • BBC Two

    In this heat, skills tests feature an omelette Arnold Bennett and filled brandy snaps.

  • S08E03 Episode 3

    • November 12, 2015
    • BBC Two

    The first quarter-final challenge is to create a dish from a selection of ten ingredients.

  • S08E04 Episode 4

    • November 17, 2015
    • BBC Two

    In the skills test, the chefs make a buck rarebit and joint a rabbit.

  • S08E05 Episode 5

    • November 18, 2015
    • BBC Two

    Three chefs prepare scallops in different ways: in a mousse, sauteed and as a tartare.

  • S08E06 Episode 6

    • November 19, 2015
    • BBC Two

    The chefs cook for some of the country's most discerning restaurant critics.

  • S08E07 Episode 7

    • November 24, 2015
    • BBC Two

    The chefs must fillet a sea bream and make the perfect watercress soup in the skills test.

  • S08E08 Episode 8

    • November 25, 2015
    • BBC Two

    Monica tests the chefs' butchery skills when she asks them to debone a pig's trotter.

  • S08E09 Episode 9

    • November 26, 2015
    • BBC Two

    The chefs' pastry skills are tested in the quarter-final round.

  • S08E10 Episode 10

    • December 1, 2015
    • BBC Two

    The last week of the heats kicks off with six new chefs.

  • S08E11 Episode 11

    • December 2, 2015
    • BBC Two

    The chefs prepare langoustines and cook high-end burgers in the final heat.

  • S08E12 Episode 12

    • December 3, 2015
    • BBC Two

    The week's six best chefs serve up a two-course menu to three restaurant critics.

  • S08E13 Episode 13

    • December 8, 2015
    • BBC Two

    The 12 best chefs cook off against each other in the MasterChef kitchen.

  • S08E14 Episode 14

    • December 9, 2015
    • BBC Two

    The chefs must work together to serve an exceptional dinner at London's Law Society.

  • S08E15 Episode 15

    • December 10, 2015
    • BBC Two

    The chefs travel to Lord's Cricket Ground to cook a fine-dining menu for Mike Gatting.

  • S08E16 Episode 16

    • December 15, 2015
    • BBC Two

    Two semi-finalists cook alongside joint Professional MasterChef champion Anton Piotrowski.

  • S08E17 Episode 17

    • December 16, 2015
    • BBC Two

    The semi-finalists cook for Tom Kitchin at his Michelin-starred restaurant in Edinburgh.

  • S08E18 Episode 18

    • December 17, 2015
    • BBC Two

    The last three semi-finalists work with chef Lisa Allen at the Michelin-starred Northcote.

  • S08E19 Episode 19

    • December 22, 2015
    • BBC Two

    It's finals week. After one goes out in the invention test, the chefs cook for their idols

  • S08E20 Episode 20

    • December 23, 2015
    • BBC Two

    The finalists travel to the medieval city of Alba in the Piedmont region of northern Italy

  • S08E21 Episode 21

    • December 24, 2015
    • BBC Two

    It's the final. Who will be crowned Professional MasterChef Champion 2015?

Season 9

  • S09E01 Episode 1

    • November 8, 2016
    • BBC Two

    In this opening heat, the chefs must cook a steak diane and a raspberry tart.

  • S09E02 Episode 2

    • November 9, 2016
    • BBC Two

    The chefs must cook a T-bone of plaice and a wild garlic veloute.

  • S09E03 Episode 3

    • November 10, 2016
    • BBC Two

    The week's six strongest chefs face the first quarter-final.

  • S09E04 Episode 4

    • November 15, 2016
    • BBC Two

    For Monica's skills test, the first three chefs have 15 minutes to make sea bass ceviche.

  • S09E05 Episode 5

    • November 16, 2016
    • BBC Two

    The skills tests involve a sauce maltaise asparagus and a banoffee cheesecake.

  • S09E06 Episode 6

    • November 17, 2016
    • BBC Two

    In the quarter-final, the six best chefs from the week's heats return to the kitchen.

  • S09E07 Episode 7

    • November 22, 2016
    • BBC Two

    Six new chefs take on taramasalata and tagliatelle carbonara in the skills tests.

  • S09E08 Episode 8

    • November 23, 2016
    • BBC Two

    Six new chefs take on lamb tartare and filleting a John Dory in the skills tests.

  • S09E09 Episode 9

    • November 24, 2016
    • BBC Two

    In this quarter-final, the chefs reinvent steak and kidney pie and cook a two-course menu.

  • S09E10 Episode 10

    • November 29, 2016
    • BBC Two

    It is the final heats week. Three chefs must make an artichoke barigoule.

  • S09E11 Episode 11

    • November 30, 2016
    • BBC Two

    The last six chefs battle to make it through to the quarter-finals.

  • S09E12 Episode 12

    • December 1, 2016
    • BBC Two

    The best chefs of the week must reinvent a sweet family favourite, fruit crumble.

  • S09E13 Episode 13

    • December 6, 2016
    • BBC Two

    The 12 chefs must create a savoury dish using a surprise selection of ingredients.

  • S09E14 Episode 14

    • December 7, 2016
    • BBC Two

    Five chefs team up to create an exceptional dinner at the Royal Society of Medicine.

  • S09E15 Episode 15

    • December 8, 2016
    • BBC Two

    The second group of chefs create a menu for guests at the French ambassador's residence.

  • S09E16 Episode 16

    • December 13, 2016
    • BBC Two

    The eight semi-finalists sizzle in a double cook off.

  • S09E17 Episode 17

    • December 14, 2016
    • BBC Two

    The first three semi-finalists work alongside the inspirational chef Alyn Williams.

  • S09E18 Episode 18

    • December 15, 2016
    • BBC Two

    The chefs are sent to work under one of the country's rising stars, George Blogg.

  • S09E19 Episode 19

    • December 20, 2016
    • BBC Two

    The remaining four chefs start the finals week with a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to cook at one of the most prestigious events in the culinary calendar, The Chef's Table.

  • S09E20 Episode 20

    • December 21, 2016
    • BBC Two

    The four finalists first cook off in the MasterChef Kitchen. For one chef their MasterChef journey will be at an end, while the final three will travel to Oslo to learn from the star of Nordic gastronomy Esben Holmboe Bang and cook in the three-Michelin-star restaurant Maaemo.

  • S09E21 Episode 21

    • December 22, 2016
    • BBC Two

    The remaining chefs cook for the last time, and one will be crowned the 2016 champion.

Season 10

  • S10E01 Episode 1

    • November 7, 2017
    • BBC Two

  • S10E02 Episode 2

    • November 8, 2017
    • BBC Two

  • S10E03 Episode 3

    • November 9, 2017
    • BBC Two

  • S10E04 Episode 4

    • November 14, 2017
    • BBC Two

  • S10E05 Episode 5

    • November 15, 2017
    • BBC Two

  • S10E06 Episode 6

    • November 16, 2017
    • BBC Two

  • S10E07 Episode 7

    • November 21, 2017
    • BBC Two

  • S10E08 Episode 8

    • November 22, 2017
    • BBC Two

    Following Monica's own demonstration, the heat is on for the chefs to prove they have what it takes to make a perfectly balanced sauce in harmony with the pigeon breast. For 20 minutes of high-pressure cooking, the chefs must hold their nerve and prove they are accomplished professionals who know their way around filleting and cooking poultry. But under the watchful eyes of Monica, Marcus and Gregg, even the most seasoned chef can falter. Next, the six chefs must complete the signature dish round, their chance to showcase their cooking style and creativity using their very own recipes. Everything is riding on how they perform under the intense pressure of this round. The strength of their dish will either see them through to the next round or see them leave the competition. The surviving three chefs move on to fight another day in the quarter-final.

  • S10E09 Episode 9

    • November 23, 2017
    • BBC Two

    In this quarter-final, the week's best chefs return to continue their quest for the title. Their first challenge is an invention test set by Monica and Marcus. From a table filled with citrus, herbs and spices, they must create something truly special to impress the judges. They have 10 minutes to decide, then 70 minutes to cook their hearts out and create a dish from scratch, which allows the flavours of their chosen ingredients to shine through. At the end of this round one chef leaves the competition - so it's now or never. The remaining chefs now face the critics - a test that has seen even the best fall apart under pressure. They must cook a two-course menu of their own design to be scrutinised by the judges and three of the UK's most renowned critics - Tracey MacLeod, Jay Rayner and William Sitwell. They have one hour and 15 minutes to dazzle the critics with an inventive main course and knock-out dessert. Get it right and the critics may note down a future star, but get it wrong and it's game over. The three chefs who wow the critics and judges will make it through to knockout week, when the competition really hots up as they inch closer to the possibility of lifting the Professional MasterChef 2017 trophy.

  • S10E10 Episode 10

    • November 28, 2017
    • BBC Two

    It's the final heats week, as six new ambitious chefs set out to prove they have what it takes to win the coveted title. To secure their place in the competition they must face two tests - the daunting skills test and then the signature dish round. Only the three strongest chefs will make it through to the quarter-final. First up, the chefs face the high pressure skills test, this time set by Monica. They must create a filled pasta dish of their choice with a perfectly judged sauce to accompany it. Under the heavy scrutiny of Monica, Gregg and Marcus, the pressure can get to even the most seasoned chef. In just 20 minutes, can they showcase their talent to create an accomplished pasta dish - with the right method and resulting perfect texture and flavour? Sounds easy, but it's not for the faint hearted. Next up is the signature dish round. Having shown the judges their skills in round one, the chefs must now showcase their craft with their own personal food. It's their opportunity to show off their culinary prowess and present their own tried and tested dish for Monica, Marcus and Gregg. Presentation, technique and flavour are the name of the game - all must be achieved to the highest level in just one hour 15 minutes to secure the professionals' future in the competition. Only the three most talented chefs will win a place in the last quarter-final round and continue in their cooking battle for the prestigious MasterChef: The Professionals title.

  • S10E11 Episode 11

    • November 29, 2017
    • BBC Two

    It's the last week of the heats, and these are the last six chefs to battle to make it through the competition. They face two tests - first, the daunting skills test, followed by the signature dish round where the chefs cook a dish from their own repertoire. Only the strongest three chefs who demonstrate the skills and technical know-how of a future champion will make it through to the quarter-final. The chefs' first task is to undertake Marcus's skills test in front of the vigilant judges Monica, Marcus and Gregg. The chefs have 20 minutes to prove that they have the skill and technique to cook rose veal sweetbread. The added challenge is to serve it with a well-judged garnish and sauce, in a true test of their palate and understanding of the flavours that work with offal. Sweetbreads need lots of TLC in the kitchen to be cooked to perfection. Can the chefs take the heat of the skills test to provide a melt-in-the-mouth dish for the judges or with time against them, will they struggle to impress? The six chefs now have one last chance to use their style, technical skill and flair to wow the judges in the signature dish challenge. In one hour and 15 minutes the heat is dialled up as the professionals battle to create a tried and tested dish of their own which will impress enough to secure them a place in the next round. Once the judges have tasted their dishes, they must decide which three chefs will go home and which three will return for the last quarter-final and continue their fight to be crowned MasterChef: The Professionals Champion 2017.

  • S10E12 Episode 12

    • November 30, 2017
    • BBC Two

    In the last of the quarter-finals, the best chefs from the week's heats come together in the kitchen to cook against each other and continue in their quest for the title. They must prove to Marcus and Monica they are worthy of staying in the competition when they face two more challenges designed to test them further. First, is the daunting invention test. From an array of sweet and savoury ingredients, the chefs are tasked with creating one incredible dish with either herbs, citrus or spices as the core central theme. With 10 minutes to choose ingredients and just 70 minutes to cook it, the pressure is immense to create a dish that will win over Monica and Marcus and prove that they really have the skills and experience to carry them through to the next round. Will they remember to allow their chosen hero ingredients to shine through their dish? They have to keep their focus and remain calm as, at the end of this challenge, two chefs will be chosen to leave the competition. The remaining four chefs now face one of the toughest rounds of the competition. In an hour and 15 minutes, they must serve up an exceptional two-course menu to three of the country's most notable restaurant critics - Jay Rayner, Grace Dent and Amol Rajan. This culinary trio is accustomed to eating the most daring and delicious food in the very best UK restaurants, and this is the one and only chance the chefs have to pull out all the stops in order to impress them. Monica and Marcus will be keeping a close eye on them as they work in order to judge who shines through and provide the most creative and technically accomplished menu for the critics' table. After a tough session in the kitchen, one more chef's journey will be over when they are sent home. The three chefs considered to have impressed the critics and judges the most, survive to move on to Knockout Week and take one step closer to the final of MasterChef: The Professionals 2017.

  • S10E13 Episode 13

    • December 5, 2017
    • BBC Two

    It is knockout week on MasterChef: The Professionals. MasterChef presenter Gregg Wallace teams up with two of Britain's leading chefs - Michelin-starred Marcus Wareing and Monica Galetti. The judges are at the sharp edge of the hunt for the country's next culinary superstar. After four weeks of intense competition, 12 most talented chefs remain from the initial 48. Tonight is the first time they all come together in the MasterChef kitchen, where their fate rests in an almighty cook-off. The first challenge for the 12 chefs is to cook against each other in a terrifying invention test. They need to impress the three judges with one spectacular plate of food created from a heaving table of fresh sweet and savoury ingredients. But Monica and Marcus have raised the bar a little higher and challenge the chefs to the maximum by removing all the modern kitchen gadgets from the kitchen. In the absence of sous vide, or water bath, the emphasis is on classic cooking skills - plain and simple. With two hours and 15 minutes to create an innovative plate of excellence, they must seize this opportunity to make an impact on the judges. Only eight chefs will be guaranteed to move to the next round. The weakest four must cook again against each other. In the cook-off round, the four remaining chefs have their final chance to showcase their talents to Marcus, Monica and Gregg, and save themselves from being sent home. With one hour to create one perfect dish, it is do or die. Can they sear, blowtorch and pickle their way into the judges' good books and convince them they deserve to continue in the competition? For two chefs, it is the end of the road when they are sent home. The best two chefs from this round join the other eight and continue their quest to raise the MasterChef: The Professionals 2017 trophy.

  • S10E14 Episode 14

    • December 6, 2017
    • BBC Two

    Knockout week continues on MasterChef: The Professionals. Chef Monica Galetti and Michelin-starred chef Marcus Wareing scrutinise the chefs' every move in their bid to uncover the professional chef to crown culinary superstar of 2017. Only ten outstanding chefs remain in the competition and they have been split into two groups of five. Tonight the first team are set two daunting challenges by Monica and Marcus, which test them further than any previous round. For the first time, the professionals must show they can work together as a team to create a three-course fine-dining menu for special guests at the home of rugby - Twickenham. The chefs have two and a half hours to design and cook their spectacular three courses for legendary England rugby captain Will Carling and his invited guests, who include Twickenham's head of catering Thomas Rhodes, England's women's captain Sarah Hunter, England women's fullback Emily Scarratt, England Sevens' captain and Olympic silver medallist Tom Mitchell, and rising England rugby star Ellis Genge. The dining menu must live up to their expectations and please the palate and athletic waistlines of the rugby superstars. Having proved themselves as individual chefs in the competition so far, this is a chance for the judges to watch first-hand how the chefs work in a team. Who will shine through as a true creative? Who will step up in a leadership role, helping the team realise their collective creative vision? Will anyone crumble under the real time pressure of playing as a team?

  • S10E15 Episode 15

    • December 7, 2017
    • BBC Two

    Knockout week continues on MasterChef: The Professionals. Chef Monica Galetti and Michelin-starred chef Marcus Wareing scrutinise the chefs' every move in their bid to uncover the professional chef to crown culinary superstar of 2017. Tonight, the second group of five chefs face two intense challenges set by Monica and Marcus. The chefs must cook together for the first time as a team to create an exceptional three-course fine-dining menu at one of London's most prestigious addresses, The Institution of Civil Engineering, to celebrate the organisation's bicentenary. The chefs have two and a half hours to collaborate as a team to design and cook their special menu, which will be served to Lord Robert Mair, the president of the institution and his five VIP guests. The chefs' every move will be watched over by judges Monica and Marcus. Will their creative vision and talent shine through? Or will team playing prove to be their weakness? With the team challenge behind them, the five chefs return to the MasterChef kitchen where they face the judges as individuals once again. Pitted against each other, they battle it out for a place in the semi-finals by proving to judges Monica, Marcus and Gregg that they really are a cut above the other chefs. Within 90 minutes, they must create their own unique showstopper dish to prove their talent and dedication to deliver at the highest level. After tasting the dishes, Marcus, Monica and Gregg decide whose time in the MasterChef kitchen is up and which four chefs will move forward in the competition - one giant step close to being crowned MasterChef: The Professionals winner 2017.

  • S10E16 Episode 16

    • December 12, 2017
    • BBC Two

    It's semi-finals week on MasterChef: The Professionals, and the competition is heating up. MasterChef presenter Gregg Wallace teams up with chef Monica Galetti and two Michelin-starred Marcus Wareing to continue their search for this year's champion. In this episode, the remaining eight chefs face a double-headed beast of a challenge in the MasterChef kitchen. At stake is the chance to move forward in the competition and the opportunity to cook in some of the most influential and unique kitchens in the UK. The first challenge the eight chefs face is cooking against each other to create a dish dedicated to someone who has inspired them in life. Whether that's a professional from their career, a family member or a loved one, the challenge is to create a dish that in turn inspires the judges to send them straight through to the next round. In just one hour and 45 minutes, they have to deliver a perfect plate of food that showcases their personality and style, and sets them apart from the other chefs. After tasting their dishes, the judges will decide which professionals have proved themselves strong enough to go directly through to the next round. The remaining chefs must return to fight again in the MasterChef kitchen to secure one of the remaining four places in the next round. They face an invention test, where they are tasked with creating their own unique dish which celebrates the fresh and light ingredients on offer - and this time, there's no meat or fish for them to choose from. With this plate of food, the judges' expectations are high, so it's imperative that the chefs' ingenuity and skill shine through or they will forfeit their place in the next semi-final challenge. After this hard-fought battle, two chefs are asked to leave the competition. The six who remain continue on their path in pursuit of the MasterChef: The Professionals title 2017.

  • S10E17 Episode 17

    • December 13, 2017
    • BBC Two

    The first three remaining semi-finalists battle it out for a place in finals week. They are sent to work alongside an inspirational self-taught chef for two days. Based near Darlington, County Durham, The Raby Hunt is one of the UK's most unique culinary destinations - led by rising star James Close, who gave up his career as a professional golfer just eight years ago, when his family bought the country pub. Three years after opening, he won his first Michelin star. Despite the fact that James has no professional training, his restaurant was the only new restaurant in the UK to be awarded two Michelin stars in 2017. In the same year, James was also awarded the prestigious Good Food Guide Chef of the Year. The chance for the semi-finalists to cook alongside James is a huge privilege and one that will place them in an extraordinary position to supercharge their culinary skills. The first challenge for the chefs is to each take responsibility for one dish from the tasting menu. Under the close scrutiny and guidance of James, the chefs aim to emulate his style and deliver intricate and complex two-star standard dishes during a packed lunchtime service. Once they've shown they are capable of keeping their heads above water and operating in his meticulous kitchen, James sets the chefs the task of recreating one of his signature dishes - a seasonal salad of up to 50 ingredients. Finally, the inspired chefs return to the MasterChef kitchen, where they face the challenge of cooking their own dishes for a two-course menu which Marcus, Monica and Gregg will taste. The judges expect their food to be of the highest standard in the competition so far. The chefs must aim for the skies, as at this stage in the competition one tiny slip can mean the difference between gaining a place in finals week or going home. Only perfection will do to edge closer to the MasterChef: The Professionals title 2017.

  • S10E18 Episode 18

    • December 14, 2017
    • BBC Two

    It's the last semi-final and three of the remaining chefs are in close competition for a place in finals week. For their first challenge, they are sent to cook at one of the UK's most famous restaurants - the two-Michelin-starred Le Manoir aux Quat'Saisons in Oxfordshire, home of legendary chef Raymond Blanc OBE. Here, executive head chef Gary Jones, who has worked as executive chef at Le Manoir for 22 years, takes the three semi-finalists into his kitchen for the ride of their professional lives. Gary works closely with chef patron Raymond to develop and execute the exceptional dishes that have enabled the restaurant to retain its two Michelin stars for over three decades and, over the next two days, the semi-finalists will be lucky enough to experience that skill and perfection first hand. First, Gary shows the professionals how to make his own unique lobster dish, talking them through the fine and intricate detail of preparation and presentation. The chefs are then given free rein to explore the restaurant's incredible two-acre gardens and collect whatever fresh produce they choose in order to create their own personalised version of Gary's dish. On tasting them, Gary looks for the chef's ability to showcase the seasonality of the beautiful garden produce, whilst displaying a keen eye for presentation and flavour balance. Once they've given Gary a taste of what they're made of, the three chefs then have the daunting honour of being made responsible for one of Le Manoir's dishes during a packed lunchtime service. With 80 covers to feed and guests arriving from across the world, the stakes couldn't be higher. As Gary polices the pass and watches their every move, the chefs have to keep pace with the frenetic demands of the service and deliver pitch-perfect dishes, time after time. It's their chance to prove they have what it takes to work as chefs at the very highest level. Finally, the chefs return to the MasterChef kitchen to cook against each other in a

  • S10E19 Episode 19

    • December 19, 2017
    • BBC Two

    It is finals week and the competition is racing to the finish line. After six weeks of intense culinary battles, just four talented chefs remain from the original 48. As the tension rises, the chefs need to pull out all the stops for presenter Gregg Wallace and leading chefs Monica Galetti and Michelin-starred Marcus Wareing. Only one chef can be crowned MasterChef: The Professionals Champion of 2017. Over three nights, the chefs face the close scrutiny of some of the world's greatest chefs and face the challenge and unique opportunity of working in some of the most groundbreaking restaurants around. The first challenge the four chefs face is the once-in-a-lifetime chance to cook at one of the most prestigious events in the UK culinary calendar - The Chef's Table. It allows the finalists to showcase their food to their professional heroes as 23 culinary giants descend on London for this unique annual event. It is the only time so many of the UK's top culinary talents gather together to dine and provides a potentially career-changing moment for the finalists. This year, the VIP chef guests have 22 Michelin stars between them and include three Michelin-starred Matt Abe, Atul Kochhar, Nigel Haworth, Andrew Fairlie and Gary Jones, as well as rising stars Tommy Banks, James Lowe, Selin Kiazim and Elizabeth Haigh. Each chef takes charge of one of four courses, which are served to all 23 of their culinary idols. Over five intense hours, they are watched over by Marcus and Monica as they cook for their lives, preparing every last element of their ambitious creations to perfection to please their important guests. The stakes are incredibly high as the opportunity to be noticed by the leaders of the UK culinary industry doesn't come along every day. It is a career-defining experience for the chefs as they inch closer to the title of Professional MasterChef 2017.

  • S10E20 Episode 20

    • December 20, 2017
    • BBC Two

    It is finals week and the competition is racing to the finish line. After six weeks of intense culinary battles, just four talented chefs remain from the original 48. As the tension rises, the chefs need to pull out all the stops for presenter Gregg Wallace and leading chefs Monica Galetti and Michelin-starred Marcus Wareing. Only one chef can be crowned MasterChef: The Professionals Champion of 2017. In the penultimate challenge, the four remaining chefs fight to secure their place amongst the final three. First, they must face a cook-off against each other in the MasterChef kitchen. For one chef, this will be the end of their journey, as only three can take the next step - being sent to the south of France to learn in the two Michelin-starred kitchens of the 4th best restaurant in the world, Mirazur. The judges begin by setting the four finalists a simple brief in the MasterChef kitchen - they are tasked with creating a single showstopping dish which draws inspiration from where they are from. In 90 minutes, they must go all out to cook the dish of their professional lives. At this point in the competition, there is nowhere to hide from the judge's scrutiny and one finalist is sent home. The remaining three finalists then travel to Menton in the south of France. This small town sits close to the Italian border and it is here that inspirational Argentinian chef Mauro Colegreco came in 2006 and established restaurant Mirazur, putting the town firmly on the culinary map. Within a year of opening, Mirazur had been awarded its first Michelin star and within five years it achieved its second. Inspired by its situation in the stunning landscape, Colegreco's food highlights his love and respect for the land, sea and mountains of the region. The restaurant regularly makes it into the prestigious World's 50 Best Restaurants list and, in 2017, sits in 4th place. It is frequented by diners who travel there from across the world, and who have to book months in advance

  • S10E21 Episode 21

    • December 21, 2017
    • BBC Two

    Tonight is the final of MasterChef: The Professionals 2017. MasterChef presenter Gregg Wallace and two of Britain's leading chefs, Michelin-starred chef Marcus Wareing and Monica Galetti are edging closer to finding the 2017 champion. Just one almighty cook off remains for them to assess the talent of the finalists. Over the last seven weeks, 48 of the most talented and tenacious chefs in the UK have battled each other for the coveted title. Now, just three chefs remain. This is the last time they cook in the competition and the evening ends with one of them receiving the hard-won title. Tonight the final three outstanding professionals, who have created some incredible plates of food throughout the competition, face one final challenge: to cook the best three courses of their lives for the judges. They return for the final time to the MasterChef kitchen and spend three hours creating a three-course menu of starter, main and dessert which showcases their exceptional culinary abilities. This is the moment where everything is laid bare for the judges, as their plates will expose everything they have learned over the last seven weeks. They can't falter as they battle to display everything they have to give - their talent for flavour and creativity, their ability to remain calm and controlled under immense pressure and to flawlessly deliver three plates of incredible food. The reward is immeasurable as their career could change forever when one of them is crowned MasterChef: The Professionals Champion 2017.

Season 11

  • S11E01 Episode 1

    • November 6, 2018
    • BBC Two

    Marcus Wareing, Monica Galetti and Gregg Wallace team up to search for the country's 2018 culinary superstar. The chefs must cook tempura squid from scratch in just 15 minutes.

  • S11E02 Episode 2

    • November 7, 2018
    • BBC Two

    The chefs prepare a hanger steak with chimichurri, as well as cook gurnard with a pepper and tomato sauce.

  • S11E03 Episode 3

    • November 8, 2018
    • BBC Two

    In this quarter final, the six strongest chefs from the first two heats attempt to impress Monica and Marcus.

  • S11E04 Episode 4

    • November 13, 2018
    • BBC Two

    In this heat, the first three chefs have 20 minutes to cook a monkfish with a spicy tomato and roasted onion sauce.

  • S11E05 Episode 5

    • November 14, 2018
    • BBC Two

    Three chefs have 15 minutes to produce perfect poached plaice with a beurre blanc sauce.

  • S11E06 Episode 6

    • November 15, 2018
    • BBC Two

    The search for the country's 2018 culinary superstar continues. The chefs face a brand new challenge - the judge's favourite ingredient test.

  • S11E07 Episode 7

    • November 20, 2018
    • BBC Two

    In this heat, three chefs face a pasta test set by Monica, while the remaining three must make a sandwich for Marcus.

  • S11E08 Episode 8

    • November 21, 2018
    • BBC Two

    In this heat, Monica asks three chefs to cook an elegant and tasty dish of broccoli - cooked three different ways.

  • S11E09 Episode 9

    • November 22, 2018
    • BBC Two

    The six strongest chefs from the week's heats attempt to impress Monica and Marcus in two high-stakes challenges.

  • S11E10 Episode 10

    • November 27, 2018
    • BBC Two

  • S11E11 Episode 11

    • November 28, 2018
    • BBC Two

  • S11E12 Episode 12

    • November 29, 2018
    • BBC Two

  • S11E13 Episode 13

    • December 4, 2018
    • BBC Two

    The search for the UK's 2018 culinary superstar continues. The final 12 chefs cook against each other in the most intense invention test of the competition.

  • S11E14 Episode 14

    • December 5, 2018
    • BBC Two

    The professionals must work as a team to create a three-course fine-dining menu for special guests at Trinity House.

  • S11E15 Episode 15

    • December 6, 2018
    • BBC Two

    The chefs create an exceptional three-course, fine-dining menu at The Royal College of Physicians.

  • S11E16 Episode 16

    • December 11, 2018
    • BBC Two

    The eight chefs cook against each other to create a dish inspired by a poignant food memory.

  • S11E17 Episode 17

    • December 12, 2018
    • BBC Two

    The first three semi-finalists are sent to work alongside one of the countries' leading chefs - Michael Caines.

  • S11E18 Episode 18

    • December 13, 2018
    • BBC Two

    It is the last semi-final and the three remaining chefs are sent to cook at an exclusive address in Padstow, Cornwall.

  • S11E19 Episode 19

    • December 18, 2018
    • BBC Two

    It's the finals on MasterChef: The Professionals and the competition is at fever pitch. After six weeks of intense culinary battles, the four most talented chefs remain from the original 48.

  • S11E20 Episode 20

    • December 19, 2018
    • BBC Two

    The judges set a simple brief: to create a single dish which draws inspiration from a place that is special to each chef.

  • S11E21 Episode 21

    • December 20, 2018
    • BBC Two

    The final three chefs face one last challenge: to cook the best three courses of their lives for the MasterChef judges.

Season 12

  • S12E01 Episode 1

    • November 5, 2019
    • BBC Two

    Gregg Wallace hosts the first week of the culinary contest, which sees the first six professional chefs competing for a place in this week's quarter-final. Half of the competitors are challenged by Marcus Wareing to prepare poached guinea fowl breast with a Sauce Robert, while Monica Galetti sets the rest the challenge of making hand-cut tagliatelle with a lamb ragu. Finally, they must prepare a signature dish to decide who will stay on and who will be eliminated.

  • S12E02 Episode 2

    • November 6, 2019
    • BBC Two

    Tonight, the first three chefs take on the terrifying prospect of tackling Marcus’s crab omelette arnold bennett - they have 20 minutes to either hold their nerve or find themselves in a terrible scramble.The next three chefs have to dig into their pastry repertoire when Monica asks them to create a puff pastry and vanilla mousseline layered dessert. A steady hand and a sweet tooth are a bonus to succeed in this tricky test.In the second round it is now down to all six chefs to wow the judges with a dish of their own design. They have a chance to save face and turn their fortunes around when they cook their own signature dish for Monica, Marcus and Gregg. In an hour and 15 minutes, they must inspire the judges with their flair, skill and personal style. It is their chance to show off their culinary talent before the judges decide which three are sent home and which three go through to this week’s quarter-final.

  • S12E03 Episode 3

    • November 7, 2019
    • BBC Two

    The remaining four professionals go on to cook their food for three of the UK’s most discerning restaurant critics. They need to impress William Sitwell, Grace Dent and Jimi Famurewa. The critics’ judgement is unrestrained, often ranging from delight to disdain depending on the food they are served. The chefs are given one hour and 15 minutes to showcase their culinary know-how with a two-course menu designed to dazzle the critics and the judges and keep them in the competition.Only the three most talented chefs will go through to knockout week and continue in their pursuit of the MasterChef: The Professionals title.

  • S12E04 Episode 4

    • November 12, 2019
    • BBC Two

    In this heat, six professional chefs from across the UK put their reputations on the line. Under close scrutiny from the three judges, the chefs must face two tough challenges. First is the infamous skills test, followed by a chance to cook their own unique signature dish for the judges. At the end of this heat, three chefs will be sent home and the strongest three will go through to this week's quarter-final. Each professional's journey begins with the dreaded skills test. This is the first time in front of the judges and not only are their knowledge, palate and experience weighed up but so is their mettle. Monica sets the first three chefs their test - to employ some deft knife skills to spatchcock a quail before cooking it to produce quail with a rocket pesto in just 15 minutes. The judges' standards are high, so the contestants' levels of nerves will need to match them. The remaining three chefs face a test set by Marcus.

  • S12E05 Episode 5

    • November 13, 2019
    • BBC Two

    First up is the skills test. Tonight, three chefs face the terrifying prospect of cooking an elegant dish at Monica's request. They have 15 minutes to perfectly prep and cook razor clams with a shallot, caper and tomato sauce. If the chefs haven't ever tackled a razor clam, they need to dig into their repertoire of shellfish cookery to conjure up a dish to wow the judges. The next three contestants have been given 15 minutes by Marcus to prep and cook his calves' liver with a bordelaise sauce. Timings, texture and taste are key to making this dish a delight, not a disaster.

  • S12E06 Episode 6

    • November 14, 2019
    • BBC Two

    This quarter-final sees the six most talented chefs from the week's heats set out to impress Monica and Marcus in two high-stakes challenges. First up, the chefs face an invention test, featuring a particular ingredient. This week, Monica has selected a favourite, found at the heart of many cuisines - the onion. The professionals are under pressure when faced with a whole host of varieties of onion and a huge array of other ingredients. They need to focus and rapidly find inspiration to cook a dish in 70 minutes that will deliver flavour, finesse, sparkle, and an inspired approach to the onion. At the end of the challenge, two contestants leave the competition.

  • S12E07 Episode 7

    • November 19, 2019
    • BBC Two

    In the first heat of the week, six professional chefs from across the UK put their reputations on the line. Each professional’s journey begins with the infamous skills test. Marcus kicks off proceedings when the first three chefs have to attempt his croque monsieur. In just 15 minutes they have to show they can muster this classic French sandwich to Michelin-starred standards. The remaining three chefs face a test set by Monica to create a pea risotto. Can the chefs deliver a dish with flavour, flair, and rice with the right bite to put a smile on the judges’ faces?

  • S12E08 Episode 8

    • November 20, 2019
    • BBC Two

    To begin their fight for the coveted title, the chefs face the dreaded skills test. Three chefs face what could be the toughest 20 minutes of their careers, set by Marcus. Under the scrutiny of the three judges, the professionals are reliant on their fish-filleting skills and sauce prowess when they have to cook a monkfish with vermouth sauce for the expectant panel. The next three into the MasterChef kitchen have to conquer any nerves when they are asked by Monica to conjure up a crepe souffle with a caramel sauce. Can their souffles and skills rise to the expectations of the judges or will they simply come unstuck? Next, the six chefs must complete the signature dish round. It’s their chance to showcase their cooking style and creativity using their very own recipes.

  • S12E09 Episode 9

    • November 21, 2019
    • BBC Two

    First up, the chefs face an invention test, featuring one key favourite ingredient selected by the judges. This week, Marcus wants them to create a dish that uses coffee to its full potential. The professionals have ten minutes to decide whether to go sweet or savoury, and which ingredients to plump for from the larder, before cooking their dish. With just 70 minutes, they have to create a dish that is beautiful, balanced and brimming with technical ability to keep them in the competition. At the end of the challenge, two contestants will leave. The remaining four chefs go on to cook their food in a challenge that has seen the most seasoned chefs crumble; two courses for three of the UK’s most discerning restaurant critics. Jay Rayner, Tom Parker Bowles and Grace Dent mull over every morsel to explore the talent on offer in the MasterChef kitchen. Get it right, and the contestants stand to make their mark. Get it wrong and it’s the end of their competition dreams.

  • S12E10 Episode 10

    • November 26, 2019
    • BBC Two

  • S12E11 Episode 11

    • November 27, 2019
    • BBC Two

  • S12E12 Episode 12

    • November 28, 2019
    • BBC Two

  • S12E13 Episode 13

    • December 3, 2019
    • BBC Two

  • S12E14 Episode 14

    • December 4, 2019
    • BBC Two

  • S12E15 Episode 15

    • December 5, 2019
    • BBC Two

  • S12E16 Episode 16

    • December 10, 2019
    • BBC Two

    The remaining eight chefs brace themselves to cook up a storm as they face a double beast of a challenge in the MasterChef kitchen.

  • S12E17 Episode 17

    • December 11, 2019
    • BBC Two

    The first three semi-finalists battle it out for a place in the finals. They are given the opportunity to work alongside one of the UK's most exciting chefs.

  • S12E18 Episode 18

    • December 12, 2019
    • BBC Two

    It is the last semi-final and the second group of chefs is in close competition for a place in the finals.

  • S12E19 Episode 19

    • December 17, 2019
    • BBC Two

    Only the four most talented chefs out of the original 48 remain. The first challenge they face is a once-in-a-lifetime chance to cook at the chef’s table.

  • S12E20 Episode 20

    • December 18, 2019
    • BBC Two

    The four finalists are challenged to create a single exceptional and evocative dish inspired by a place that is special to them.

  • S12E21 Episode 21

    • December 19, 2019
    • BBC Two

    The final three chefs face one last challenge - to cook the best three courses of their lives.