Everything you need to know about MasterChef: The Professionals 2022, when is it on, which chefs made it through to the semi-finals and what are the challenges ahead

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Everything you need to know about Masterchef: The Professionals 2022 including when it starts, where to watch and which chefs are taking part.

We'll update this page as the competition progresses but for now, this is what we know.....

When does MasterChef: The Professionals 2022 start?

MasterChef: The Professionals 2022 starts on Wednesday, November 2, for its 15th series.  

Where can I watch MasterChef: The Professionals 2022?

Returning to BBC One, 32 ambitious chefs from across the country battle to become the 2022 Champion.

Who are the new MasterChef: The Professionals 2022 contestants?

Below  are all the chefs who are on this year's show:

Mo Farhan, Head chef at The Horse and Groom pub in Malmesbury

Theres Andersson, Sous chef at Ekstedt at the Yard

William Rocks, Chef patron at Tigh an Truish, in Oba

Owen Vaughan, formerly the head chef at Penmaenuchaf Hall Hotel, in North Wales

Charlie Jeffreys, Senior chef de partie at the Alain Ducasse at The Dorchester

Sagar Massey, Senior sous chef at the Marine & Lawn hotel in Troon

Gabriella Margiotta and her family run Cucina di Vincenzo, an Italian restaurant

Nathan Booth, Head chef at Liverpool’s Panoramic 34

Tasoula Gramozi, Sous chef at Charlotte Street Hotel

Nikita Pathakji, Junior sous chef at Kitchen W8

Chris Finnigan, Head chef at Leila Lilys

Brendan Edema, Head Chef at Gather and Gather, London

Beatriz Cuvolo, a senior commis de partie at Fallow restaurant, London

Jonny McCreery, Chef Owner at Greenway9, Belfast

Anastasia Brown, Junior Sous Chef at JP Morgan, London

Parminder Singh, a private chef for Ultra High Net Worth clients (UHNW)

Emma Shephard, Chef Lecturer at University College Birmingham

Wilson Macedo, Senior Sous Chef at Boiler & Co, Bankside, London

Andrew Cassling, Head Chef at The Cardan Bar & Grill

Darren Collinson, Executive Chef at Bowcliffe Hall, Bramham 

James Checkley, Head Chef at Paschoe House Hotel, Crediton, Devon

Natalia Echeverri, Head Chef at The Embassy of Colombia, London

Mo, Senior Sous Chef  Soho House, White City, London

Daniel Rodriguez, Sous Chef at Hilton, Manchester Deansgate

Shane, Sous Chef St Pancras Brasserie, London

Lucy Auchincloss, Head Chef of Corporate Hospitality at RBC Brewin Dolphin, London

Stefano Bressan, Senior CDP at The Goring Hotel

Gordon Craig, Chef Patron at Taisteal, Edinburgh

Mathew Griffiths, a private chef who works on superyachts

Ollie, Sous Chef at Northcote, Langho near Blackburn, Lancashire

Which chefs made it to the quarter finals?

Jonny McCreery, Chef Owner at Greenway9, Belfast

Anastasia Brown, Junior Sous Chef at JP Morgan, London

William Rocks, Chef patron at Tigh an Truish, in Oba

Owen Vaughan, formerly the head chef at Penmaenuchaf Hall Hotel, in North Wales

Parminder Singh, a private chef for Ultra High Net Worth clients (UHNW)

Chris Finnigan, Head chef at Leila Lilys

Gabriella Margiotta, Sous chef at Cucina di Vincenzo

Andrew Cassling, Head Chef at The Cardan Bar & Grill

Wilson Macedo, Senior Sous Chef at Boiler & Co

Shane, Sous Chef St Pancras Brasserie, London

Tasoula Gramozi, Sous chef at Charlotte Street Hotel

Ishmael Clarke, Senior Chef de Partie at Wiltons, London

James Checkley, Head Chef at Paschoe House Hotel, Crediton, Devon

Sagar Massey, Senior sous chef at the Marine & Lawn hotel in Troon

Theres Andersson, Sous chef at Ekstedt at the Yard

Nikita Pathakji, Junior sous chef at Kitchen W8

Charlie Jeffreys, Senior chef de partie at the Alain Ducasse at The Dorchester

Which chefs made it to the Semi finals?

Anastasia Brown, Junior Sous Chef at JP Morgan, London

 

Owen Vaughan, formerly the head chef at Penmaenuchaf Hall Hotel, in North Wales

 

Wilson Macedo, Senior Sous Chef at Boiler & Co, Bankside, London

 

Chris Finnigan, Head chef at Leila Lilys.

 

Gabriella Margiotta, Sous chef at Cucina di Vincenzo

 

James Checkley, Head Chef at Paschoe House Hotel, Crediton, Devon

 

Sagar Massey, Senior sous chef at the Marine & Lawn hotel in Troon

 

Theres Andersson, Sous chef at Ekstedt at the Yard

 

Nikita Pathakji, Junior sous chef at Kitchen W8

 

Charlie Jeffreys, Senior chef de partie at the Alain Ducasse at The Dorchester

The judges

Presiding over the UK’s most revered cooking competition, will be new judge, the acclaimed chef and restaurateur Anna Haugh, Michelin-starred chef Marcus Wareing and celebrated MasterChef judge, Gregg Wallace.

The expert team are eager to discover outstanding new cooking talent and will be setting exacting standards from the moment the kitchen doors open. As only the most skilled, passionate and creative of chefs can come close to the prestigious MasterChef: The Professionals title.

Anna said: “I’m thrilled to join the MasterChef judging team and meet new chefs on new adventures. I’ll be judging the same way I judge my own chefs in my kitchen - I’ll be firm but fair and my expectations are high. I cannot wait to see what this year’s competition is going to bring.”

Marcus added: “The hunt for the 2022 champion is on and we’re ready to push these chefs as far as they can go. The sky’s the limit as far as I’m concerned and that trophy is just waiting to be claimed.”

Gregg said: “What a thrill to get these kitchen doors open again and welcome a new generation of professional contenders. I’m ready to be dazzled and ultimately reveal the next incredible cooking talent.”

What to expect on This year's Masterchef: the Professionals? 

Over six intense weeks, the chefs, drawn from kitchens up and down the UK, are put through their paces - first competing in the Heats with the aim of making it to that week’s Quarter Final. In each Heat, four chefs cook against one another for two Quarter Final places. The debut challenge is the nerve-wracking Skills Test - set by Anna and Marcus.

The judges demonstrate their dish for the viewers at home, such as Oysters Poached and Smoked in a Beurre Blanc or Summer Fruit Tart, with a Jam, Crème Patissière and Italian Meringue, then task the professionals with preparing their take on the dish. There is nowhere to hide in this nail-biting and unpredictable challenge, as the judges watch them either prove their skills or make a shaky start. The contestants must then produce a Signature Menu of a main course and dessert within an hour and 25 minutes – a chance to make an impression on the judges with their own cooking. The two top chefs from each Heat take their place in the Quarter Finals. Forcing them to think on their feet, the judges first set the professionals an Invention Test – with a twist. Marcus and Anna task them with creating a dish based around a theme such as brunch, textures, orange and ginger or savoury to sweet.

The chefs have a range of ingredients to work with but must stay calm and focused to quickly interpret the judges’ brief and devise a mouth-watering – and MasterChef level – plate of food. The contenders then must pull out all the stops to win over the UK’s most discerning and revered food critics, who, this year, include: Grace Dent, Jay Rayner, Jimi Famurewa, Leyla Kazim, Tom Parker Bowles, Tracey MacLeod, and William Sitwell. For those who have proven they are cooking at the next level, the Semi Finals and Finals await - where they take on culinary obstacles unlike anything their career to date.

The challenges include running their own pop-up restaurant and showcasing their own fine-dining style at a Chef’s Table for a critical audience of the country’s leading chefs including Monica Galetti, Jason Atherton, Matt Abé along with some new Michelin-starred talent - at the Lanesborough Hotel in London. At the end of six exhilarating and gruelling weeks, battling their way towards the coveted MasterChef trophy, the Final Three have one last opportunity to bring together everything they have learned over the course of the competition, and hope that all their hard work in the kitchen has paid off. They must produce the best three-course menu of their lives for the judges, who will accept nothing less than spectacular in order to crown one contender - the MasterChef: The Professionals 2022 Champion.

 

 

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Everything you need to know about MasterChef: The Professionals 2022, when is it on, which chefs made it through to the semi-finals and what are the challenges ahead