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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.

Masterchef: the Professionals returns for a new series

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Masterchef-logo.jpgGuess what's back, back again, Masterchef-the-Professionals is back, tell a friend...

Yeah, I know... the meter doesn't quite fit the Eminem lyrics. But that doesn't stop the refrain running round my head on a constant loop, willing me to start busting out some rubbish middle-class-British-white-girl-does-ghetto-American-white-boy hip hop moves. 

If there was a camera on me right now, I'd be swaggering into the lens, elbows aloft, fingers splayed and failing to pull off the rude girl look that seems so effortless in my head. And all that is because my favourite version of Masterchef returns to the small screen tonight. 

Is reality TV really the best route to a successful hospitality career?

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As-seen-on-TV.jpgAn interesting debate has kicked off on Caterer and Hotelkeeper's forums and photos site Table Talk.

Forum member BreilBistro has asked what professional chefs think about the amateurs that make names for themselves through the likes of Masterchef? Have they paid their dues?

There's no doubt that the rise of celebrity chefs and cookery shows, not to mention Michel Roux Jr's Art of Service series last year, has raised the profile of an industry that continues to battle with a skills shortage.

Ash Mair wins Masterchef: The Professionals 2011

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Ash-Mair.jpgAussie man of few words Ash Mair is totally stoked to take the title of professional Masterchef 2011.

He saw off competition from Steve Barringer and Claire Hutchings in the final cook off, which aired last night.

Michel Roux Jr and Gregg Wallace played their roles to perfection once again: lots of raised eyebrows, knowing smiles and concerned expressionsa all around.

As you'd expect, all three chefs worked their socks off and pulled out all the stops to produce "great plates of food".

And I'm sure what the frantic and hardworking finalists really needed was, as the man himself put it, "a bald bloke coming up and shouting COME ON" as the valuable last few minutes on the clock slipped away.

Masterchef: The Professionals - the final three (NEW POLL)

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Masterchef-logo.jpgThere are now just three left to battle it out for the 2011 title of Masterchef: the Professionals, after Oli Farrar was knocked out last night.

Tonight we'll see Sombre Ash, Silver Claire and Spikey Steve get the culinary opportunity of a lifetime at San Pellegrino's second best restaurant in the world: El Celler de Can Roca, in Catalonia.

Perhaps they went for the second best because (as is so often tweeted about by @CityJohn) one of the Masterchef judges has the second best number of Michelin stars to his name.

Or it could be that they went to Noma on a past series. I digress...

Poll: who is going to win Masterchef: the Professionals 2011?

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Ooh, ooh, who's going to win?

That's right - it's finals week of Masterchef the Professionals, the only reality telly finale that actually counts. You can keep your Strictly X-List Celebrity Brother. 

In a dramatic and not remotely pre-planned twist, there are four finalists because Claire and Steve were too evenly matched in Thursday's semi. 

Masterchef: The Professionals - catch it if you can

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Michel-Gregg.jpgHot on the heels of the randomly scheduled celebrity addition, series four of Masterchef: The Professionals kicks off tonight at 8.30pm on BBC2. 

Once again two-Michelin-starred chef Michel Roux Jr and Gregg Wallace will whittle down the contestants to find a new culinary rising star.

But first, the ten contestants must impress the uncompromising Monica Galetti.

Roll on the animated expressions of intense disgust (see below) as ten chefs try to stop their hands shaking long enough to cook for Michel.

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