Episode 8

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Duration: 1 hour

The week's six best chefs return for the quarter-finals. With just two places in the semi-finals up for grabs, the pressure is on.

First the chefs must present a dish of their own invention. Choosing from a range of ingredients including salmon, cuttle fish, chocolate, samphire, beetroot and aubergine, they have just one hour to cook a sweet or savoury dish that wows the judges. Anything less may not be good enough as after this first challenge Monica and Michel send two chefs home.

The best four chefs then face their most nerve-racking test to date - they must showcase their skills to three of the UK's toughest restaurant critics: Charles Campion, Tracey MacLeod and Jay Rayner. With only an hour and a quarter, the remaining chefs must deliver a flawless two-course menu.

Only the two most talented chefs will go through to the semi-finals and stand a chance of becoming this year's Professional MasterChef.


Michel Roux Jr
Monica Galetti
Robin Leach
Series Producer
Rachel Palin
Charles Campion
Tracey MacLeod
Jay Rayner




Try out some of the MasterChef recipes for yourself!

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