Over the last few weeks the Masterchef contestants have been battling to keep their place in the MasterChef kitchen and now only the best seven remain.
Tonight, judges John Torode and Gregg Wallace challenge the remaining cooks to celebrate the amazing produce available in the British Isles – and they have two culinary stars on hand to assist.
The first test sees the contestants faced with a larder packed full of ingredients, locally sourced vegetables and fruits and produce with a Scottish emphasis, including: Scottish lobster and spider crab, North Sea razor clams, North Atlantic red mullet, oysters and langoustines and Highland beef. To judge their efforts John and Gregg are joined by one of the most exciting chefs in the country who is a huge champion for local produce – Michelin starred Edinburgh chef Tom Kitchin. The contestants have just one and half hours in the MasterChef kitchen to create an extra special dish which showcases Scottish produce. They must impress all three judges with their flair and ability. There is no room for error as for one of these contestants their MasterChef dream will be over and they’ll be leaving the competition.
The remaining six must then don their wellies and waterproofs and travel to the Cumbrian countryside for a very special lesson in just how exciting British ingredients can be, if you know where to look. Expert forager and Michelin starred chef Simon Rogan has made his name creating culinary masterpieces from foraged and locally sourced produce at his Cartmel restaurant L’Enclume. The contestants are taken out to the fields, shoreline and hedgerows of the local area to find the wealth of edible treats that are on offer.
After this unique master class the six contestants have to cook in their most challenging conditions yet; a temporary kitchen set up in a local farmer’s barn. They must create a delicious lunch for Simon’s 25 specially invited guests including the local food producers and farmers that he works with. With a range of locally sourced and foraged ingredients to choose from the contestants must use everything that they have learnt to create dishes that showcase the wonderful produce and impress the critical guests.
The contestants must truly shine to continue in the battle to become MasterChef Champion 2012.
Wednesday 15th February 9pm BBC One