The latest series of MasterChef the Professionals has gotten us glued to our TV sets.
Who will triumph with their creativity? What will the chefs cook next? How will they measure up in the next challenge? These are all questions in the back of our minds as we tune in week after week in anticipation of the finale.
But what's it like to actually cook with a MasterChef judge? I went to Cactus Kitchen to find out.
Based in Clapham, Cactus Kitchen is home to the Saturday Kitchen studios. Once in a while it's also open to the public as the Cactus Kitchen Cookery School, set up in partnership with Michel Roux Jr. As well as the Michel Roux Jr and Monica Galetti experiences, there are also classes with other celebrity chefs.
My day was spent with Monica Galetti.
First of all, she is definitely not scary. In fact, she's incredibly funny and welcomes questions about anything - MasterChef or otherwise. She has some great anecdotes from the show and also from her life in the kitchens. And of course, not forgetting her great facial expressions.
The day starts at 10am with a short introduction from the owner of the cookery school, Amanda Ross, and then it's straight on to the cooking.
The recipes vary depending on the seasons but you generally cook a starter, main and dessert.
On the day I went, we made seared salmon with beetroot and horseradish; roasted venison with chocolate sauce, spiced cabbage and caramelised chestnuts; and a pear tart tatin (the way Albert Roux likes it).
Because of the timings, we started with the tart tatin which we could take home at the end of the day. Monica took us through the recipe step by step before we started work on our own.
With a maximum of 14 people and our own work stations, there was plenty of room to get creative and put our own flare on the dishes. In fact, when it came to plating up, creativity was definitely encouraged. After all, you couldn't cook with Monica Galetti and not welcome her critique.
With the tatin out the way, it was on to the salmon starter. Again, Monica led us through the dish before we tackled our own. In fact, she was incredibly encouraging when it came to kitchen mishaps - obviously most of us aren't trained chefs!
Over the course of the morning, we prepared various sections of our lunch until it all came together just after mid-day when we escaped the kitchen for a warming butternut squash soup prepared by the Cactus Kitchen staff. Coupled with a glass of bubbly, it gave us enough fuel to go back to the kitchen and finish cooking the rest of our lunch.
Perhaps rather unusually, we had wines paired with all the dishes which we could enjoy as we had our lunch. All the wines came from Rare and Fine Wine Company, which specialises in French wines and supplies to Le Gavroche. It was certainly a serious pairing.
For dessert, we shared the tart tatin that Monica made with a home-made vanilla ice cream. We also had the opportunity to get our photos taken with Monica and our books signed.
The best bit? Going home with a delicious tart tatin and all the recipes, wine matches and tips you need to recreate the dishes for a perfect dinner party, knowing it has the Monica Galetti seal of approval.
The next Monica Galetti Experience is on 6thof December, priced at £395pp. Visit www.cactuskitchens.co.uk to find out more. You can see more photos from my day at Cactus Kitchen at In Pursuit of Food.