Next Episode of Masterchef: The Professionals is
Season 9 / Episode 16 and airs on 13 December 2016 20:00
The hunt for a young chef who wants to make it to the top of the culinary world.
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. The first test the professionals face is to reinvent a sweet family favourite, fruit crumble. The chefs need to deliver a dish that sets them apart because only four chefs will have the chance to cook for the critics. The remaining four chefs have just one hour and 15 minutes to serve up an exceptional two-course menu to three of the country's most notable restaurant critics. Newcomer Grace Dent joins Jay Rayner and Tracey MacLeod at this week's table. This culinary ensemble is accustomed to dining at some of the UK's most exciting destinations and will only be won over by the very best. After a tough session in the kitchen, one more chef's ambitions will be thwarted when they are sent home. The three remaining chefs move into knockout week.
After four weeks of intense competition, 48 chefs have been whittled down to the 12 most talented. Now they come together for the first time in the MasterChef kitchen. Their fate rests on one almighty cook off. The chefs have a surprise selection of ingredients to create one savoury dish. To test them even further, the judges have removed all the modern equipment from the kitchen. With just two hours and 15 minutes to deliver that make-or-break dish, the nerves are running high and the competition is fierce. Only the chefs who seize the opportunity to stand out from the crowd and blow the judges away with a stunning plate food will be among the eight considered strong enough to go straight through to the next round. The four weakest chefs have to cook off again for the final two places in the next round. Can they convince the judges they have a future in the competition?
Only ten outstanding chefs remain in the competition, and now they have been split into two groups. The first group of five are set two daunting challenges by Marcus and Monica. The professionals must prove they can work as a team when they are asked to create an exceptional dinner at the prestigious Royal Society of Medicine. The chefs have two and a half hours to create and cook a three-course fine-dining menu for the president and his guests. The menu must meet the expectations of the president, his guests and the judges. Finally, the chefs have 90 minutes to cook one showstopper dish for Marcus and Monica. At this level, only their very best will be good enough in this make or break round. It is a tense, thrilling battle and any mistake could cost them their place in the competition. Once they have tasted the five dishes, Monica and Marcus decide which chefs are good enough to become semi-finalists.
The second group of five chefs face two tough tests set by Monica and Marcus. In their first challenge, the chefs travel to one of London's most exclusive addresses, the French ambassador's residence. Marcus and Monica set them the task of cooking a three-course fine-dining menu from a selection of the finest French ingredients for the ambassador and her special guests. The chefs must work as a team to come up with perfectly-executed dishes worthy of the gastronomic connoisseurs, including the ambassador's chef de cuisine. The chefs then return to the MasterChef kitchen where they must set their friendships aside and battle for their place in the competition. Just 90 minutes and one showstopper dish is all that stands between the chefs and a place in the semi-finals. After tasting all five dishes, Monica and Marcus decide whose time in the competition is finally up and which four chefs will move forward.
The eight semi-finalists sizzle in a double cook off. The first challenge is to create an outstanding dish dedicated to the person who inspired them in their careers. Only the top two chefs who seize the opportunity to stand out from the crowd will go straight through to the next round. The six weakest chefs have to pick themselves up and return to the kitchen to battle it out for the four remaining places in the next round. They face an invention test set by Gregg. He wants to be knocked out by a dish successfully celebrating the fruit and vegetables on offer. Which of the chefs can summon up the creativity and resilience to secure a place in the next semi-final challenge? Only the six best chefs will continue in the fight for the title of Professional MasterChef 2016.
The first three semi-finalists battle it out for a place in finals week. First, they are sent to work alongside the incredible and inspirational chef Alyn Williams. Within the first 15 months of opening his restaurant at the exclusive Mayfair location of The Westbury, Alyn Williams had been awarded a Michelin star. The chefs are in a unique position to supercharge their knowledge under this legendary chef. The chefs are given the responsibility for one course each during a hectic lunchtime service. The chefs will have to deliver his incredible and intricate dishes to his exacting standards before they can be sent to the diners. They then must present one of the star dishes on the Alyn's Michelin-starred menu - roasted cornish turbot, with ratatouille, aerated bouillabaise and an amaretto and black olive crumb. Finally, the chefs return to the MasterChef kitchen to cook a two-course menu for Marcus and Monica. A main course and a dessert stand between them and a place in finals week.
In the last semi-final, the three chefs still to do battle for a place in finals week are sent to work under Michelin-starred chef George Blogg. His unique culinary style capitalises on being situated within one of the UK's most formative kitchen gardens at the exclusive Gravetye Manor. The chefs are given the honour and nervewracking experience of being responsible for one of George's dishes each during a packed lunchtime service. Under George's watchful gaze and firm guidance, the competitors will be hard pushed to keep up with the frantic pace. The chefs return the next day to cook George's own signature dish, a garden salad that is so seasonal, the ingredients change daily. They have to prove they understand George's philosophy and showcase their palate and creativity by first selecting their own produce from the 500 on offer in the two-acre kitchen garden. Finally, the chefs cook a two-course menu for Marcus and Monica. Only the strongest two chefs will go through to finals week.
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. Descending on a London location are 28 heavyweights of modern gastronomy. This is a potentially career-changing moment for the finalists to showcase their own food for their idols. Each finalist is in charge of one of the menu's four courses - starter, fish, main and dessert. Over five tense hours, under the close scrutiny of Marcus and Monica, the chefs prepare every single element of their ambitious dishes. The pressure is immense, the chefs have to take their food to a whole new level by executing 30 plates in the most terrifying service they have ever faced. If the finalists want to show that they have the talent to be a culinary star of the future, they have to deliver faultless dishes to both excite and impress the most discerning diners in the country.
The penultimate episode sees the four remaining chefs battle for an all-important place in the final three, and the chance to go to Oslo to learn from the star of Nordic gastronomy and cook in the three-Michelin-star restaurant Maaemo. Chef Esben Holmboe Bang is a groundbreaking, innovative, young chef. This dynamic chef creates his 20-dish menus using the heart of traditional Norwegian food and produce. The three finalists have a rare opportunity to learn from Esben and his team. They must then show what they have learnt by creating a stunning dish to impress Esben himself. The chefs will have to draw inspiration from Esben's philosophy and the produce in front of them, mahogany clams, mackerel, fermented plants, ants and edible flowers.
One chef will be crowned the 2016 champion. The last and best three contenders cook for the last time, and just three courses stand between them and the life-changing title. The outstanding chefs, who have cooked some exceptional plates of food to reach the final, face one last challenge: to 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. As the tension builds, they must use everything they have learnt, all the inspiration they have gathered and all their talent and tenacity, to deliver flawlessly executed food, with mind-blowing flavours and stunning presentation.
Charles Champion(Charles Champion)
Jay Rayner(Jay Rayner)
Andy Hayler(Andy Hayler)
Michel Roux Jr.(Presenter)
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