Masterchef: the LONG awaited return

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Thumbnail image for Masterchef-logo.jpgMasterchef is back. Again. Not sure I've got anything else really to say on the matter. 

If you've found this site, then you're no doubt already a fan of the ubiquitous culinary reality TV show. 

You'll already be aware of the fact that Gregg Wallace could happily stick his face into anything sweet and creamy and that John Torode prefers his flavours a bit more Asian. 

Contestants wanted for new Masterchef: the Professionals

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Michel-Gregg-175.jpgCooking doesn't get tougher than Masterchef, apparently, though there's probably any number of pro chefs that would beg to differ.

If that's the case, that might be just the right sort of spirit the producers of the popular BBC series are seeking for the sixth season of Masterchef: the Professionals.

Do you know your brandade from your brandy snaps? Your croque-monsieur from your croquembouche? 

And more importantly, can you prove it under the unwavering gaze of Michel Roux Jr, Gregg Wallace and Monica Galetti?
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Great British Menu Does Comic Relief: 2013 line up

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Chefs' and peoples' favourite Great British Menu is set once again to hit our screen in just over a week (28 January).

Like the forthcoming celebrity-infused version of Great British Bake Off, inspiration has been taken from comedy charity fundraiser Comic Relief, which is celebrating 25 years in action.

And with this in mind, each week the regular judges of Prue Leith, Matthew Fort and Oliver Peyton will be joined a comedian. 

Quite what the funny men and women are expected to add in terms of informed opinion remains to be seen, but it should lighten the dynamic of the judging chamber.

Nigella Lawson and Anthony Bourdain get a Taste for US cooking show

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Ultimate domestic godess Nigella Lawson is going stateside for her next television project as she joins outspoken chef Anthony Bourdain on a new US cooking competition.

THE ABC show Taste will feature professional chefs pitted against amateur cooks as they all clamour to produce the 'best tasting dish'.

Oh and they're referred to as 'kitchenistas', because obviously the word 'contestants' is just so passe. 

Celebrity Great British Bake Off full line-up revealed

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The Great Comic Relief Bake Off, a mouthful that is more likely to be referred to as Celebrity Bake Off, has revealed more of the names that will feature in this year's charity special. 

It's essential to knock out a celebrity version of pretty much every vaguely successful bit of programming, so it's unsurprising that a ratings hit like Great British Bake off should get the green room treatment. 

We've now got Olympic and Paralympic champions, a few more funny folk and more telly presenters than you can shake a mic boom at all thrown into the mix and baking their bit for a good cause.

The brief series will run over four nights from 21 January on BBC2, and here's how it will break down:

Celebrity Great British Bake Off contestants named

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Great British Bake Off is back for another charity fundraising celebrity edition and the first contestants to face the scrutiny of judges Paul Hollywood and Mary Berry have been named.

Through the Cakehole star Jo Brand, stand-up comedian Stephen K Amos and TV double act Lorna Watson and Ingrid Oliver will be baking their little socks off on your telly screen when the Comic Relief specials start later this month.

The makers of the show have said that they're "looking for people with genuine passion for baking, not just those who want to raise their profiles", according to Metro gossip columnist Neil Sean.  

Inside Claridge's vs The Hotel

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The Hotel.jpgRegular readers of Satellite Dishes will be well aware that I'm partial to a spot of mickey taking. I generally love all the telly programmes on hospitality - Hotel GB being the glaring exception - because they tend to show what a marvellous industry it is.

Hot on the heels of Inside Claridge's concluding on BBC2 this week I hear news that Channel 4's The Hotel is set to return. Could there be two more different representations of British tourism? 

Masterchef: The Professionals has named Anton Piotrowski and Keri Moss joint winners of its fifth series after judges Michel Roux Jnr and Gregg Wallace could not choose between them.

It is the first time in the show's history that two contestants have shared the title.

Roux, who runs two-Michelin-starred London restaurant Le Gavroche, said it was one of the hardest, tightest finals that he had ever seen, adding: "It was just impossible to split [Piotrowski and Moss] - their talents have been matched plate for plate for the past several challenges and it was truly impossible to award one the title over the other." 

Masterchef: the Professionals - and the winner is...

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Masterchef-logo.jpgWell tickle my elbow and call me a sausage. Just when you thought the formulaic nature of UK Masterchef couldn't turn out any more surprises, we get a shock result tonight.

Michel Roux Jr and Gregg cor-lovely-jubbly Wallace were incredibly enamoured by the cooking of all three finalists on the grand final of Masterchef the Professionals. 

Alas, young Oli Boon mistook the fridge for the freezer and fell at the last hurdle with a puddle of parfait. On the plus side, it tasted rather good. I'm sure that's good consolation.

Paul Liebrandt: the British chef who conquered New York

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paul_liebrandt.jpgIt's taken me a couple of days but I've finally caught up with Monday night's Storyville 'The Chef Who Conquered New York: Serving Up Paul Liebrandt'. If you haven't seen it and you've a healthy interest in all things cheffy and gastronomic, there's still time as it will be available on iPlayer for another four weeks. 

The BBC Four series of international documentaries this week focused on the floppy haired British chef of the title, who I'm ashamed to say I hadn't heard of before, perhaps because so much of his career has been spent away from Blighty. 

The film follows the chef around for the best part of a decade as he sets about impressing customers and critics alike with his trailblazing, ultra-modern and divisive cuisine. Back in the early noughties, at the age of 25, he became the youngest chef ever to receive a three-star review from the New York Times. But what followed was a tumultuous period of frustration for Liebrandt. 


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