Pub chefs compete in new series of MasterChef: The Professionals 2014

By Jo Bruce

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Jethro Lawrence is among eight pub chefs featuring in this year's MasterChef: the Professionals
Jethro Lawrence is among eight pub chefs featuring in this year's MasterChef: the Professionals
Eight pub chefs are featuring in the new series of BBC Two’s MasterChef: the Professionals.

Mark Parkinson, head chef of the Fleece Inn, Barkisland, West Yorkshire; Jethro Lawrence and Samantha McCormick of the Stapleton Arms, Buckhorn Weston, Dorset and Zak Perrin of the Bell Inn, Stilton, Cambridgeshire all featured in this week’s shows.

Lawrence made it to the show’s first quarter final.

Next week

George Allan, of pubco Cambs Cuisine’s the Cock in Hemingford Grey, Cambridgeshire, will appear in the show on Wednesday, 12 November.

The seven week competition for professional chefs sees them pushed to the edge of their gastronomic limits in the hunt for the next culinary superstar.

This year’s judges are two Michelin-starred British chef Marcus Wareing, chef Monica Galetti, and MasterChef’s seasoned diner Gregg Wallace.

Monica Galetti said: “What makes the Professional series so exciting is that for these chefs it's their trade and they want to prove just what the can do, how creative they can be and the extent of their skills set.”

Forty chefs compete in the heat stages, which run over the first four weeks. The heats are split over two nights each week and five chefs face three tests each show to determine who is good enough to progress to the next round. The best make it through to the weekly quarter final.

The 2012 competition was jointly won by chef Anton Piotrowski, who has just been awarded his first Michelin star​. He is chef/owner of the Treby Arms in Sparkwell, Devon and the Springer Spaniel in Launceston, Cornwall.

Details of the other pub chefs taking part are yet to be announced.

*MasterChef: The Professionals is on Tuesday to Thursdays at 8pm on BBC Two.

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