Cooking doesn’t get tougher than this!

Thursday, February 7, 2008 by

Inevitably, I’m obsessed with Masterchef. So, I was excited to get details of how the final week is going to stack up. Read on (and worry not, there are no spoilers regarding who gets through)…

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Monday, 4th February, 2008 


After six weeks of heats and a week of gruelling semi finals, the 132 contestants have been whittled down to three exceptional finalists.

As the primetime BBC TWO series moves into its final week, judges, John Torode and Gregg Wallace, have the difficult task of deciding which passionate cook will be crowned MasterChef Champion 2008. 

Half-hour programmes will be broadcast at 20.30 on Monday 25th, February and Tuesday 26th, February. Then hour-long programmes will be broadcast at 20.00 on Wednesday 27th, February and the final episode Thursday, February 28th at 20.00.

John and Gregg have seen more than 130 contestants and tasted their culinary creations but for these three finalists the final tasks are more challenging than anything seen on the series before. 

On Monday they must cook for the entire cast and crew members of BBC’s television drama, Waterloo Road. 

Tuesday sees the determined trio fly 12,000 miles to Belize, Central America to prepare meals for the British Army in the sweltering heat and humidity of the jungle. 

In Wednesday’s hour-long episode, the finalists have to become the sole caterers for a luxurious wedding at Blenheim Palace – the responsibility for the most important day in two people’s lives is literally in their hands. 

Then they return to London to cook for the ultimate chef’s table at the Dorchester – seven chefs who between them hold 17 Michelin stars. This includes Michel Roux Sr – The Waterside Inn 3* , Yannick Alléno- Le Meurice 3*, Andrew Fairlie – Andrew Fairlie at Gleneagles 2*, Mark Edwards – Nobu 1* and Nobu Berkeley 1*, Michael Caines – Gidleigh Park 2*, Marcus Wareing – Petrus 2* and Savoy Grill 1*.

Finally on Thursday night, it’s the moment of truth and the ultimate final tests – including working at three of the top 3* Michelin restaurants in France. 

Then they must return to MasterChef Headquarters to prepare a three-course meal for judges, John and Gregg. This must be an exceptional meal that will showcase everything they have learnt on their journey – only one can impress the judges enough to be crowned MasterChef 2008.


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