MasterChef: The Professionals 2020 festive special confirmed

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The BBC has confirmed two masterchef:The Professionals festive specials will be aired on Tuesday 29 December and Wednesday 30 December at 8PM.

Each of the two specials will see four of the most memorable chefs from past series return to compete in festive-themed competition with judges: Michelin-starred chef, Marcus Wareing; Monica Galetti, and Gregg Wallace.

In the first programme we see the following finalists step back into the MasterChef kitchen: Danny Parker (finalist 2014), Louisa Ellis (finalist 2017), Marianne Lumb (finalist 2009) and William Chilila (semi-finalist 2018).


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While competing in the second special are: Steve Barringer (finalist 2011), Exose Grant Lopo-Ndiga (finalist 2019), Oli Martin (finalist 2018) and Olivia Burt (finalist 2019).


Monica and Marcus will once again be setting a Skills Test. In the first episode Monica sets her group of chefs the challenge of making Festive Canapés while Marcus asks the chefs to come up with a dish inspired by Christmas Leftovers.

Then the chefs must face the challenge of impressing the judges with a seasonally themed two-course menu in two-and-half hours. They will all be hoping to wow the judges into crowning them the Best Chef.


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Editor 3rd December 2020

MasterChef: The Professionals 2020 festive special confirmed