Could you be Scotland’s next Masterchef winner?


Applications for BBC One’s MasterChef: The Professionals are open – and they are now on the hunt for the next chef looking to make an impact on the industry.

Over the last 17 years, Scottish chefs have picked up the trophy 3 times, with many more making a name for themselves over the weeks of the competition. The winners have included Gary Maclean who won in 2016, Jamie Scott who won in 2014 and, of course, Derek Johnstone who became the inaugural winner of Masterchef: The Professionals in 2008.  Other Scottish finalists include Sagar Massey, William Rocks, Adam Handling and Brian McLeish.

The youngest chef to be crowned MasterChef is Craig Johnston, who won in 2017 at the age of 22, while Liverpool-born chef Claire Lara was the first female winner in 2010

Masterchef say, “We are calling out to all chefs who want the enter the ultimate cooking competition, to test their skills on a national level under the wings of culinary legends. Throughout the years, MasterChef: The Professionals has discovered rising stars. Past contestants have gone on to open restaurants, judge competitions on television, write cookbooks, and even win Michelin stars of their own.

“This is an opportunity like no other. The competition continues to celebrate the diversity of food culture found all over the UK and encourages and welcomes applications from all groups within the catering industry. We want to celebrate the food cooked up and down the hospitality industry in the UK.”

If you are interested in taking part then the details are here.  The deadline for entries is March 18.