Masterchef: The Professionals 2022 - Meet the contestants & how to watch BBC One cooking series

Masterchef: The Professionals 2022 - Meet the contestants & how to watch BBC One cooking series

Masterchef: The Professionals returns to BBC One with a brand new series where a new batch of cooks vye to impress in the kitchen. With new judge Anna Haugh, casting her eyes on proceedings, these ambitious chefs will need to pull out all the stops to make it through each round.

The professional cooking show offers 32 chefs aged 20 or above the chance to cook in the world’s very best restaurants. Michelin-starred chef Marcus Wareing will judge the new series alongside Anna Hauge - who is taking over from Monica Galetti.

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Anna said: “I’m thrilled to join the MasterChef judging team and meet new chefs on new adventures. I’ll be judging the same way I judge my own chefs in my kitchen - I’ll be firm but fair and my expectations are high. I cannot wait to see what this year’s competition is going to bring.”

Gregg Wallace also returns to the panel as the only judge still present since the original series in 2008. He said: “What a thrill to get these kitchen doors open again and welcome a new generation of professional contenders. I’m ready to be dazzled and ultimately reveal the next incredible cooking talent.”

Past winners of the show include Steve Groves, Adam Handling, Jamie Scott, Steven Edwards and Anton Piotrowski. Many of whom have gone on to work in the world’s top restaurants.

Here’s everything you need to know about series 15 of Masterchef: The Professionals, how to watch and who is taking part.

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How to watch Masterchef: The Professionals 2022 

Masterchef: The Professionals continues on Thursday, December 8 at 8pm on BBC One. You can catch-up with the whole series by visiting the iPlayer website. 

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Who are the contestants on Masterchef: The Professionals 2022?

Here’s everything we know so far about the contestants who will cook on Masterchef: The Professionals 2022:

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Chris Finnigan is head chef at Leila Lilys.

Chris Finnigan

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Newcastle-born head chef Chris Finnigan learnt his trade at 18 while working under Raymond Blanc at Le Manoir. The 37-year-old looks up to Gary Jones and is currently executive chef at Leila Lilys.

Nikita Pathakji

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24-year-old ‘Niki’ from Derby moved to London to become a chef and completed an apprenticeship at  Westminster Kingsway College. She now works at Kitchen W8 as a junior sous-chef.

Tasoula Gramozi

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Tasoula was born in Albania, grew up in Greece and lives in England. Her role model is professional chef Kim Ratcharoen who achieved great success working in a foreign country.

Nathan Booth

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Nathan Booth is head chef at Liverpool’s popular Panoramic 34. Booth, 34, was born in Liverpool and previously worked as a head chef at Kelp,

Gabriella Margiotta

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Gabriella Margiotta is a chef at her family-run restaurant Cucina di Vincenzo. She has also gained a large following via her Youtube channel - Gabriella’s Kitchen, where she posts tutorials and cooking content.

Sagar Massey

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Massey was born in Bulandshahr, India and now lives in Johnstone, Scotland. He has worked at a number of restaurants including Martin Wisharts Loch Lomond. He now works as a senior sous chef at the Marine & Lawn hotel in Troon.

Gabriella Margiotta is a chef at her award-winning family run Italian restaurant
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Charlie Jeffreys 

Dorchester-born Charlie is a Senior Chef De Partie who works at the Alain Ducasse. The 24-year-old cites Jamie Jones and Jean Philippe Blondet as role models.

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Owen Vaughan

Owen has had experience as both junior sous chef and head chef. Until recently, Vaughan worked as the Head Chef at Penmaenuchaf Hall Hotel in North Wales for the last two years.

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William Rocks

William Rocks started working as chef patron at Tigh an Truish, Oban in April, 2021. With Rocks’s help, the restaurant earned their second AA rosette.

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Theres Andersson

Theres works in Niklas Ekstedt’s restaurant Ekstedet at the Yard as a sous chef. She took to Instagram to reveal she’s taking part in the show saying: "I’m excited to reveal that I’m a contestant on this year’s MasterChef The Professionals. Stay tuned, more information coming soon."

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Mo Farhan

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Mo works as a head chef at The Horse and Groom in Malmesbury. Taking to social media to announce his involvement on the show, Mo said: "So this happened… excited to be apart of the upcoming series of @masterchefuk 👨🏻‍🍳 #masterchef #masterchefprofissionais"