MasterChef: The Professionals winners include Nikita Pathakji, Dan Lee, Alex Webb, Stu Deeley, and others. It showcases the next generation of chef who are judged by Marcus Wareing who holds one star in the Michelin Guide UK.

It is a competitive cooking show aired on BBC Two and it is a spin-off from the main MasterChef series. Open to all professional working chefs it features any level from Michelin-starred kitchens to good old fashioned pubs. It first aired in 2008 and Gregg Wallace is the only original judge on the panel.

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Over the years he has been joined by MasterChef judge John Torode, Michel Roux Jr. from two-Michelin-star Le Gavroche plus his then sous chef Monica Galetti.

 In 2014, it was announced that Michel had left the show due to "a conflict in commercial interests" and he was replaced by two Michelin-starred Marcus Wareing.

The most recent winner in 2022 was private chef Nikita Pathakji.

Nikita said: "It's the best thing that's ever happened to me and I couldn’t tell anyone for so long. At the same time, once it was over, I didn't want to tell anyone because I wanted them to experience it."

“It's always been something I've thought about and my family really wanted me to do it and now I'm in a job at Kitchen W8, where the chef is super supportive and I really thrived in that kitchen and had got almost comfortable, but I think that can be dangerous. So, it was time to push myself again and that for me was MasterChef," Nikita explained

She added: "It’s nice to get out of the kitchen and push yourself within a time limit – plus it’s fun, coming up with something which gets your style across. It’s an amazing experience and it’s nice to push yourself against other people and see how good you are."

>>> Read: our exclusive interview with Nikita Pathakji

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