Episode 16

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Duration: 1 hour, 30 minutes

Double Michelin-starred chef Michel Roux Jr and Masterchef judge Gregg Wallace are on the hunt for a young chef who wants to make it to the top of the culinary world. Over the course of this week the three finalists are pushed to the limit when they are set an incredible series of challenges.

This show sees the first ninety-minute special for final week and the penultimate show of the series, in which the chefs are taken to The Langham Hotel, winner of the 2010 Tea Guild Award for the Best Afternoon Tea in London. Here, for their first challenge, the finalists must match the perfection required in the culinary world's most feared discipline - pastry.

Each chef must recreate one of Pierre's most famous and intricate signature pastries, and serve them to the man himself. Helping Pierre judge is the Langham Hotel's head pastry chef Cherish Finden, and James Petrie, head pastry chef at Heston Blumenthal's three Michelin starred The Fat Duck.

They then return to the Masterchef studio to use their new-found skills to prepare their most elegant trio of desserts for Gregg and Michel.

On day two, the three finalists travel to Denmark for a challenge that will push them to their culinary limits - cooking at Noma.

Chef Rene Redzepi has propelled his Nordic foraging based cuisine to the forefront of international gastronomy. The young chefs receive a master class in Noma's innovative philosophy, before they prepare dishes for Rene. As well as having their performance judged by Rene, the finalists must also take charge of the restaurant kitchen and serve the lunch service to critical diners, including Gregg and Michel.

Then it's back to the Masterchef kitchen where the three chefs must demonstrate what they have learnt from their time at Noma.


Series Producer
Dave Crerar
Michel Roux Jr
Gregg Wallace
Rachel Palin




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