MasterChef: The Professionals 2013 - the final week PREVIEW

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Editor 9th December 2013

It’s Final Week on MasterChef: The Professionals 2013 and after five intense weeks only the most exceptional chefs remain to battle it out for the title.

This week sees Michel Roux Jr and Monica Galetti push the finalists to the absolute extremes of their cooking ability - but there is one more task standing between them and the incredible culinary adventures that lie ahead.  

Tonight, the finalists must create two exceptional plates of food, but this time from kitchen scraps. Failure to impress at this stage will cost them greatly because after judging their dishes, Michel and Monica will send one more chef home.

To secure their place, the chefs must deliver in this Invention Test with a difference. Gone are the array of quality ingredients they are used to cooking with and instead the judges ask them to make their dishes from left-overs including meat bones, chicken carcasses, fish trimmings, vegetable peelings, stale croissants and bread and overripe fruit.

The chefs must dig deep into their repertoire and show off versatility and imagination if they are to rise to the challenge and remain in the competition. Who will deliver the daring, flavoursome and delicious dishes the judges are looking for and who will fall by the wayside at this crucial stage?

Tuesday 10th December

Tonight the chefs are given the opportunity of a lifetime when they are sent to Osteria Francescana in Italy, the three Michelin starred restaurant recently judged the third best in the world in the San Pellegrino top 50. Currently one of the most unique and innovative restaurants in the world, it is the brainchild of the brilliant and eccentric Massimo Bottura. The finalists have two days to work with this boundary-pushing chef and first they must try to understand the philosophy behind his food in a masterclass. Through his dishes ‘Think Green’ and “Oops!

I Dropped the Lemon Tart’ Massimo demonstrates his belief that each dish comes from personal emotions and should tell a story. It’s now up to the finalists to show that they can too put bring emotion and storytelling to their food by cooking a dish for this great chef. But it doesn’t end there. The finalists return the next day to face the most daunting challenge of their careers so far - Massimo hands over his kitchens to the three chefs to cook his six course tasting menu for specially invited guests and three MasterChef judges. In charge of two dishes each, and cooking at level they have never come close to before, it is a tough ask for the three chefs.

The reputation of the restaurant and their chances of winning the competition now hinge on the most intimidating service of their lives. Finally, they return to the MasterChef Kitchen to show Michel and Monica just how they have been inspired, by cooking a dish influenced by their experiences in this amazing restaurant. 

Wednesday 11th December

Tonight, it’s the ultimate challenge – The Chefs’ Table. The three finalists must prepare to take part in what has become one of the most prestigious culinary events in Britain today - when thirty of the world’s greatest chefs descend on central London for a unique dinner -  one that could make or break their careers and their chances of winning the Professional MasterChef title. This epic challenge sees the only time so many of the world’s great Michelin starred chefs gather in one place and this year, for the first time, it will be run as a restaurant service.

Each finalist will have a main and dessert of their own design on a menu, and their thirty highly respected guests will decide what they want to order. The chefs must go all out to impress with a menu that showcases their skill, technique and flair as well as their ability to deliver the excellence and innovation the guests have come to expect. With just four hours to prepare their menus, this is the finalist’s chance to demonstrate their potential to be stars of the future. And if this pressure wasn’t enough it is also the hottest day of the year. The heat is on to rise to this last mammoth challenge before the final cook off, and deliver jaw dropping food, when not everything seems to be going to plan…

Thursday 12th December

The final three face one last challenge – to cook the best three courses of their lives for the MasterChef judges. After the blood, sweat and tears of the gruelling competition, there is just one meal between them and the highest culinary accolade of their career. In three hours they must bring together a starter, a main and a dessert that show off the culinary ability that has got them to this stage, and raise it to another level. They must simply cook their socks off if they want to win the title: the execution must be perfect, the flavours mind-blowing and the presentation jaw dropping. There is no room for error. When the stakes are this high the tiniest mistake could cost them the title, but deliver and their lives could be changed forever.   Only one will be crowned Professional MasterChef Champion 2013, following in the footsteps of Derek Johnstone, Steve Groves, Claire Lara and Ash Mair, Keri Moss and Anton Petrowski.  

>>> Read our blogs on this year's MasterChef: The Professionals by Danny Kingston here 

>>> Read more about Masterchefs: The Professionals 2013 here

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The  Staff Canteen

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Editor 9th December 2013

MasterChef: The Professionals 2013 - the final week PREVIEW