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MasterChef: The Professionals, 2014, Week Seven

MasterChef: The Professionals, 2014, Week Seven

by Mecca Ibrahim 21 December 2014

Just days away from finding out who will take the MasterChef: The Professionals crown. The finalists face an invention test, cooking at the Chefs' Table and go on the trip of a lifetime.

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Mecca is Head of Marketing & Social Media at Great British Chefs.

And then there were five. You could almost taste the tension as those five chefs were about to face one of their last invention tests, before coming to the honour or terror of cooking for 25 of the country's finest chefs at a prestigious Chefs's Table.

Invention in this case meant - no meat, no poultry, and no fish. They had just an hour and fifteen minutes to impress the judges.

Sven's heritage carrots with a carrot and spelt risotto, were pronounced a triumph. As was Jamie's baby aubergine and quinoa.

It could be argued that Brian played it safe by going with a dessert. Never too much of the way of meat, fish or poultry in a dessert is there? But it allowed him to create a pineapple creation which all judges loved.

Sadly it was the end of the road for Darren whose giant ravioli was just too much for the judges to swallow.

A visibly upset Darren gave a moving closing interview. A favourite on Twitter, many tweeted equal upset about his departure from the contest.

The remaining four chefs each had to cook 26 portions of their course for 25 of the country's most lauded chefs. We watched culinary luminaries including Sat Bains, Alyn Williams, Anthony Demetre, Helene Darroze, David Everitt-Matthias, Clare Smyth and Claude Bosi make their way to London.

The biggest reaction on Twitter came for Michel Roux Jr who was clearly missed as a judge. Now we looked forward to seeing how the twinkly eyed favourite would fare as a diner.
Michel Roux Junior
Michel Roux Junior makes a return

The biggest reaction on Twitter came for Michel Roux Jr who was clearly missed as a judge. Now we looked forward to seeing how the twinkly eyed favourite would fare as a diner.

First up was Jamie with pig's cheek ravioli with octopus carpaccio, pickled watermelon and a spare rib consume. An ambitious start, however most of the chefs commented on the consommé which was sadly too cloudy for their tastes.

Danny's fish dish was next - Pickled mackerel, Smoked trout and carrot puree. Monica had remarked during preparation that she felt it was cooking too much in the marinade. Danny's response was to say it was meant to be like that. Unfortunately for Danny the chefs agreed with Monica, as overcooked was definitely the word of the day for that dish.

Sven served a stunning main course roast loin of lamb with a herb crust, poached tongue, broad beans and although Marcus was worried about the timing, a side plate of pomme soufflés. It was clear this was going to be something special as ‘absolute triumph’, ‘solid’ ‘well-seasoned’ and ‘brave’ were the common adjectives used to describe his dish.

Last to the table was Brian with a salted chocolate truffle ganache, spun sugar and burnt orange. This proved to be another triumph of the meal, with all chefs praising the presentation and delicate, beautiful flavours.

In the next episode the race was on for Brian, Danny, Jamie and Sven to return to the MasterChef kitchen and wow Monica and Marcus. It was the end of the road for Danny, whose sous vide poussin was ‘nice’ but at this stage ‘nice’ wasn't good enough for the judges.

Greg Wallace
Greg Wallace being dazzled at Mugaritz
The final three Masterchef
The final three

Now Brian, Jamie and Sven were about to have the challenge of a lifetime as they travelled to San Sebastian in Spain to spend two days at the multi award winning Mugaritz. Here they would learn the restaurant's from Andoni Luis Aduriz and his team to create fascinating dishes that were clearly outside their comfort zone.

It was a delight to see their thirst for knowledge and how they got to grips with preparing Magaritz's signature dishes.

It was nerve wracking to see how they dealt with challenging techniques, flavour combinations and ingredients and titles that even Marcus and Monica has never experienced before.

Impregnated tomatoes, cod's throat in crackers and stained handkerchief desserts divided Twitter, with many saying these were triumphant dishes, other pronouncing them pretentious, but it was fascinating TV and something that will remain etched in the memories of the finalists forever.

Finally on Tuesday we will get to see who out of Brian, Sven or Jamie will take the overall title. We're set to see some amazing cooking from these three who have clearly created some truly magical dishes this series.

Good luck to you all.

 
 
 

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