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MasterChef: The Professionals

Saturday at 1pm | TV ONE

About MasterChef The Professionals

Saturday at 1pm

Legendary, double-Michelin-starred chef, Michel Roux Jnr and ingredients expert and Masterchef veteran Gregg Wallace are on the hunt for a young chef who has the ambition, drive and talent to make it to the top table of the culinary world.

Over the course of three weeks, 36 chefs are filtered down to just one winner.

First up the heats. Three ambitious young chefs face two gruelling cooking challenges. In the first, they have just 50 minutes to create two dishes based around the same central ingredient. For the second round, they must recreate two classic dishes, but to the highest standard. For two of the three, their dream will end right there, as only one contestant from each heat goes forward into the quarter finals.

In the quarter finals, the winners of each weeks heats will be put to the test, as they cook for three restaurant critics. Only perfection will do, as the critics hold no punches in their examination of the food. Only two from each quarter final will go through to Finals week.

Having cleared the previous hurdles the six remaining contestants face huge amounts of pressure, stress and strain as they must use their ingenuity, their experience and their professionalism to get through a variety of challenging cooking environments in order to show they are worthy of the title of Champion.