The Heats are over and the best chefs are set to cook again in the last stage of the quarter-finals. So far the ‘professionals’ have faced pressure tests from Marcus and Monica, some more challenging than others – a glass of banoffee cheesecake, really?
After nine series, things are starting to mix up with a new, rather challenging, challenge. The chefs need to reinvent and remake a British classic – the fruit crumble – whilst still capturing the true spirit of a British favourite. With only four places in the next task, the pressure is on for the contestants to produce a knockout dish.
Cranking up the competition now, the remaining chefs must execute an exceptional two-course meal in just 75 minutes, presenting their food to restaurant critics, Grace Dent, Jay Rayner and Tracey MacLeod. Marcus and Monica, keeping a close eye on the dishes served, will then send one final chef home, resulting in just three cooks securing a place in the semi-finals.
MasterChef: The Professionals – tonight at 9pm, BBC Two. Previous episodes are available on catch up.