We Finally Have A Start Date For MasterChef: The Professionals, And It's Soon!

Anna Lewis
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Photo credit: BBC
Photo credit: BBC

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We've already had a series of MasterChef in 2020, plus Celebrity MasterChef is on the horizon. but it's just not enough. WE NEED MORE MASTERCHEF IN OUR LIVES!?!?

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 2020 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 2020 series of MasterChef: The Professionals, including a start date, trailers and contestants.

MasterChef will be back in 2020 to give us the opportunity to yell at the contestants and marvel at the often surprising words and noises that come out of Gregg Wallace and John Torode's mouths. So here's everything we know about MasterChef 2020 aka series 16.

MasterChef: The Professionals 2020 trailer

Hooray - we finally have our first look at MasterChef: the Professionals 2020! You've probably watched the trailer up there already, but here it is again.

When does MasterChef: The Professionals 2020 start?

We finally know when we can tune in to 2020's MasterChef: The Professionals. This year's series starts Tuesday 10th November at 8pm. We know this thanks to the official MasterChef Instagram.

What channel is MasterChef: The Professionals 2020 on?

After spending the last 13 series on BBC Two, MasterChef: The Professionals will be moving to BBC One in 2020. The move reflects the increasing success of the series, which has been BBC Two’s highest-rating cookery show for the past three years.

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 2020 heats

How MasterChef: The Professionals works is that the series begins with 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 2020 judges

Unless we hear otherwise, we're assuming that last year's judges will be back: Gregg Wallace, Monica Galetti and Marcus Wareing.

MasterChef: The Professionals 2020 contestants

Again, we don't have any information on the MasterChef: The Professionals 2020 contestants, but we'll let you know as soon as we do.

MasterChef: The Professionals 2019 winner

Last year's winner was Stu Deeley. Following his win, Stu, 28, said that he couldn't believe that he had beaten Exose Grant Lopo-Ndinga, 22 and 24-year-old Olivia Burt to win the crown.

He said: “I can’t believe it. I’ve never won anything in my life so to win this today is such an unreal feeling. I’m so, so happy.

“It’s a great feeling that my food is of a style that people understand. That’s all I wanted. It’s been, honestly, one of the best things I've done in my life. I want that buzz and excitement to carry on.”

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