Three of the UK's most renowned chefs are going back to catering college. Tom Kitchin, Theo Randall and Michel Roux Jr are each looking for a young student to take under their wing, someone they can mentor and inspire, who can eventually become their protege.
Tom, Theo and Michel have all been helped in their careers by someone who believed in them, now they want to give someone the same chance. Each chef has a week to select and train up their strongest candidates before coming together to compete to see who has found the best protege.
With most of the students still in their teens, it is up to the chefs to find a way to teach, inspire and test them without destroying their confidence or ambition - a fine line to tread when the prominent chefs are used to working with resilient professionals in their own kitchens.
This time, Michelin-starred chef Michel Roux Jr begins his search, travelling to the College of Food at University College Birmingham, which has close ties to the Roux family. Michel meets four of the college's best students as he sets them a simple test to assess their level of skill, their instinct in the kitchen and, more importantly, what kind of bond he can potentially develop with them. Asking the students to prepare the seemingly straightforward scrambled eggs to test their basic skill level, Michel quickly gets an idea of the type of chefs these youngsters have the potential to be.
The four chefs are then brought together as Michel shows them how to cook a dish that reflects his classical background of French cuisine: a supreme of chicken with morel sauce. Working under Michel's tutelage the students recreate the true French classic before he decides which one will leave the process.
Three students will go through to the next stage, where they will continue to learn and develop their skills in the hope of becoming the Chef's Protege.