Newspaper article Evening Gazette (Middlesbrough, England)

Would I Do Strictly? I Only Dance at Weddings; with the New Series of MasterChef: The Professionals Back on Our Screens, Michelin-Starred Chef and Judge, Marcus Wareing, Talks to GEMMA DUNN about His Co-Stars and What It Takes to Win the Show

Newspaper article Evening Gazette (Middlesbrough, England)

Would I Do Strictly? I Only Dance at Weddings; with the New Series of MasterChef: The Professionals Back on Our Screens, Michelin-Starred Chef and Judge, Marcus Wareing, Talks to GEMMA DUNN about His Co-Stars and What It Takes to Win the Show

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Byline: GEMMA DUNN

What would you say is the enduring appeal of Masterchef: The Professionals? I THINK it's the changing dynamics, especially this year between me, Gregg and Monica. Last year, we delivered the show and it went down very well, but now we've got to know each other better as people and co-presenters, we have a huge amount of respect for one another's opinion.

There's no jostling for positions; it's just relaxed and comfortable. It's about cooking food that the viewers can enjoy and try at home.

There are some changes to the format this time aren't there? THERE are more chefs this time around - 48 in total - and while they usually try to pre-empt what's going to happen next, the set-up is slightly different.

At the beginning of each episode, Monica (Galetti) and I now present skill-set tasks that will test the chefs at certain points of the process - especially in the early stages.

Last year, we felt it was very savoury-driven and lacked pastry work, so we've decided to ask the chefs to make a style of dessert using just set ingredients. It's quite a limited larder this year.

We're really looking to see their basic skills.

What do you think about the contestants in this series? WHAT we have is a really strong collection of people. A lot of them are really interesting and they're all at different stages in their career, which is great.

It's also my second year together with Gregg (Wallace) and Monica and, although we all worked on the show previously, this time it just feels right.

Do the chefs respond well to your advice? I DON'T think they have a choice. They have to respond in a way that is professional, but with eight to 10 chefs set the same challenge, it won't bring a smile to everyone's face.

Each of them is hoping that you set them a challenge they're familiar with.

Once their nerves start to calm and they settle into the kitchen, the chefs tend to come out of their shell. We want them to really enjoy the experience, rather than get bogged down after a bad day. It's a lot more than that.

2014 winner Jamie Scott was celebrated for his cooking and personality. how important is it that the chefs are relatable to the viewer? …

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