Main content
Sorry, this episode is not currently available

Episode 23

Episode 23 of 25

The four remaining cooks travel to Lima, capital of Peru, where they face three challenges and must impress leading industry figures from the Peruvian food scene.

Finals Week continues, and just four cooks remain. Now they embark on a culinary adventure of a lifetime to Peru. Over the last decade, Lima, the capital, has led a food revolution that has popularised Peruvian cuisine around the world. Here the finalists face three challenges, guided by two of Peru's most acclaimed chefs.

The first challenge takes place in Lima's major fish market Chorillos, where, in teams of two, they are tasked with recreating four popular iconic Peruvian dishes to serve to a group of local fishermen. To help the finalists make sense of this unfamiliar cuisine, they are mentored by one of Peru's most prolific and celebrated chefs, Gaston Acurio.

Next, the amateurs have the honour of working with chef Virgilio Martinez. His world-renowned restaurant Central is known for its unique menu which offers diners a taste of the incredible biodiversity found at different Peruvian altitudes. The four contestants work during a busy lunch service at Central and are given three hours to each cook a dish from Virgilio's 17-course tasting menu. Virgilio's cooking is precise and his standards exacting, so there is no room for error.

Finally, the finalists face the daunting challenge of creating a special dinner at the Lima Country Club Hotel for Gaston, Virgilio and three other leading industry figures from the Peruvian food scene - Roberto Grau, Pia Leon and Malena Martinez. The amateur cooks must draw on their experiences of Lima to create their own Peruvian-inspired dish and impress their high-profile guests.

1 hour

Last on

Wed 2 May 2018 02:05

Music Played

Add music you love and enjoy it with My Tracks

Timings (where shown) are from the start of the programme in hours and minutes


Role Contributor
Judge John Torode
Judge Gregg Wallace
Executive Producer David Ambler
Series Producer Katie Attwood
Director Ryan Daly
Production Manager Sarah Howard
Production Company Shine TV


  • Wed 11 Apr 2018 20:00
  • Sat 14 Apr 2018 14:15
  • Wed 2 May 2018 02:05

Kenny is the 2018 Champion!

Learn more Kenny and his fellow contestants in MasterChef 2018.

Past Winners - what are they up to now?

We profile all the previous winners of the modern MasterChef series.

Subscribe to BBC Mail

Get the latest MasterChef news and find more shows you love with the BBC’s newsletter