MasterChef: The Professionals

Series 5 - Episode 9

Radio Times
Review by:
Jane Rackham

Your heart goes out to most of this week’s ten contestants as they present their first dish — made from ingredients in the mystery box that included chicken thighs, grapes, tarragon, chocolate and leeks — to Monica Galetti and Gregg Wallace.

There’s a horribly long pause as the judges survey the food in front
of them before, in several instances, they wince. “I don’t like your presentation” is Monica’s frequent criticism and you can see her point after seeing the third or fourth plate of creamed leeks slopping about under a rapidly unravelling ballottine. It must have been such a relief when she was given a chocolate pudding instead.

About this programme

9/25. The next 10 chefs enter the kitchen, where Monica Galetti and Gregg Wallace challenge them to make a dish using just seven ingredients from a selection of chicken thighs, bacon, leeks, chocolate, brandy, grapes and tarragon. They each have just one hour to hold their nerve and demonstrate their creativity to the judges.

Cast and crew


Gregg Wallace
Monica Galetti


Series Director
Dave Crerar
Series Producer
Rachel Palin