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. They are hoping to find someone they can mentor and inspire, who can eventually become their protege.
Michelin-starred chef Michel Roux Jr has been on a search for a student with promise that he can help rise to the challenge of being his apprentice. He has spent time at the College of Food at University College Birmingham, and from seven hopefuls he is now down to the best three.
With bonds beginning to form, the students are invited to cook at a central London kitchen. Here, they are each challenged to cook one of Michel's signature dishes for a special lunch service attended by Michel's closest and most trusted restaurant colleagues.
Throwing them in at the deep end, Michel has not chosen the simplest options from his menu. Cooking with complex ingredients including frog's legs, pigeon and seasonal fruits, Michel has decided not to demonstrate these dishes, but instead to only give the students a basic recipe with no weights or measurements. With everything pinned on this tricky final task, the three aspiring chefs must take control and do their best not to buckle under the pressure.
In the end, though, Michel is looking for just one apprentice; he must lose another student from the running and decide which two to take through to continue in the hope of becoming The Chef's Protege.