And this is where MasterChef: The Professionals comes in. MasterChef: The Professionals sees the best pro chefs from across the UK battle it out to become the 2021 champion. And all while Gregg Wallace, Monica Galetti and Marcus Wareing gobble down dishes; making appreciative noises as they do it. Well, the noises are appreciative most of the time...
So, here's everything we know about the 2021 series of MasterChef: The Professionals, including a start date, trailers and contestants.
MasterChef: The Professionals 2021 - how to apply
MasterChef's official Instagram has just posted that it's looking for contestants for this year's series.
To apply for MasterChef: The Professionals, you have to be over 18 years old and have worked for at least two years in a professional kitchen and/or have the minimum qualifications listed on the website.
MasterChef: The Professionals 2021 trailer
There won't be a trailer for a while, but here's last year's MasterChef: the Professionals trailer to get you all riled up!
When does MasterChef: The Professionals 2021 start?
MasterChef: The Professionals 2020 premiered on Tuesday 10 November at 8pm, so we're expecting a similar start date for this year's series.
What channel is MasterChef: The Professionals 2021 on?
After spending 13 series on BBC Two, MasterChef: The Professionals moved to BBC One last year. The move reflected the increasing success of the series, which has been BBC Two’s highest-rating cookery show for the past three years.
So we're expecting it to continue airing on BBC One in 2021.
Charlotte Moore, Director BBC Content, says: “MasterChef is one of the channel’s biggest brands and following the impact of Covid on the production of original programming it feels like the time is right to move ‘The Professionals’ to BBC One and find an even wider audience.”
Commissioning Editor for the BBC, Carla-Maria Lawson, says: “MasterChef: The Professionals has uncovered and nurtured some incredible culinary talent over the years whilst also reflecting changes in the way we eat out. It’s never been a more challenging time for these talented professionals and it’s exciting that they’ll be able to showcase their skills to the BBC One audience.”
Shine TV’s Executive Producer for MasterChef, David Ambler, says: “This year’s MasterChef: The Professionals is a fantastic competition. Although it has been filmed in very difficult times for the hospitality industry, the series has uncovered some really exciting culinary talent which the MasterChef judges are delighted to share with the BBC One audience.”
The MasterChef: The Professionals 2021 heats
How MasterChef: The Professionals works is that the series begins with around 48 contestants, who compete in four heats. These will air weekly, and 12 chefs will begin the week in each heat with a series of challenges. At the end of each episode, the three weakest chefs will be eliminated.
After this, the final 12 contestants will face the knockout, then the top eight chefs will automatically progress while the remaining four will cook off for the final two places in the next round.
The remaining 10 chefs will face another challenge, and a further two will be eliminated.
Semi-final week will see the eight professional chefs become four for the final, in which one will be crowned MasterChef: The Professionals champ 2020.
MasterChef: The Professionals 2021 judges
Gregg Wallace, Monica Galetti and Marcus Wareing are officially back, baby!
MasterChef: The Professionals 2020 winner
Last year's winner was Alex Webb, who beat Santosh Shah and Bart Van Der Lee to be crowned MasterChef: The Professionals 2020 champion.
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