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Episode 18

It is the last semi-final and the second group of chefs is in close competition for a place in the finals.

It is MasterChef: The Professionals semi-finals week and the competition is fierce. MasterChef presenter Gregg Wallace teams up with chef Monica Galetti and Michelin-starred Marcus Wareing to continue their search for this year’s MasterChef: The Professionals champion.

It is the last semi-final and the second group of chefs is in close competition for a place in the finals. For their first challenge, the three contenders are sent to cook at one of London’s most impressive and ambitious new restaurants, Hide, the latest jaw-dropping project of Michelin-starred chef Ollie Dabbous. llie came through the ranks of the world’s greatest kitchens, under Gary Jones at Le Manoir Aux Quat’ Saisons, Noma in Copenhagen and Mugaritz in Spain. His first lone venture, the eponymous Dabbous, set the culinary world on fire with artful and delicate food, which won him his first Michelin star. In 2017 Ollie opened Hide, set across three floors and with 500 covers, and was awarded a Michelin star within an incredible six months.

The three professional hopefuls have the enviable opportunity to learn from this revered chef and cook alongside his elite and trusted brigade. The first step is to understand the inspiration, skill and elegance in Chef Ollie’s food, when he gives them a masterclass in his beef tartare. After the chance to learn his philosophy and techniques, the professionals must now try emulate this impeccable cookery when Ollie tasks them with creating a dish from a select larder.

The chefs then join Hide’s brigade and each take responsibility for one dish to be served during a packed service in his prestigious Michelin-starred restaurant. The contestants face the toughest challenge of their careers. The orders come in thick and fast and the dishes will only be served once Chef Ollie is satisfied they are perfect.

Finally, the chefs return to the MasterChef Kitchen to cook against each other and deliver a two-course menu to be judged by Monica, Marcus and Gregg. Using their incredible experience from Hide, they must reach new heights to create the best dishes of the competition so far to secure a place in The Finals.

Only the two strongest chefs make it through, taking them one step closer to the title of MasterChef: The Professionals champion 2019.

58 minutes

Music Played

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

  • 00:04

    Angelika Milster

    Erinnerung (Aus "Cats")

  • 00:36

    John Barry, John Debney, Royal Scottish National Orchestra

    Somewhere In Time: Theme

  • 00:56

    Luke Sital-Singh

    Bottled Up Tight

  • 00:58

    Eliza and the Bear

    Upon the North


Role Contributor
Presenter Gregg Wallace
Judge Monica Galetti
Judge Marcus Wareing
Narrator Sean Pertwee
Series Producer Genevieve Welch
Production Manager Jane Pelling
Director Anthony Crumpton
Production Company Shine TV
Editor Carl Smith


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