MasterChef: The Professionals is the cooking competition everyone knows and loves with Gregg Wallace, Monica Galetti and Marcus Wareing judging the show.
Airing on its home of BBC Two, the new series kicked off from Tuesday, November 5th 2019.
And now, the final 12 – the crème de la crème – have been whittled down for 48 original contestants.
So, let’s get to know the MasterChef Professionals final twelve contestants before the knockouts begin!
MasterChef Professionals 2019 contestants: Exose
Anyone who’s majorly into cooking competitions will have seen 2019 contestant Exose before.
The pastry chef appeared on Bake Off: The Professionals 2019 and currently works at James Martin Manchester. He wowed in his first few rounds, with the critics incredibly excited about his culinary ability. He’s a master of pastry and savoury!
Exose can be found on Instagram with over 800 followers @chef_exose.
Tom Lowe is a 22-year-old senior sous chef originally from Rugby, Warwickshire who wowed in the first heat with his cabbage dish. He even earned the nickname “cabbage connoisseur” by the MasterChef fans.
You can follow Tom on Twitter for all his latest updates @tomchef123.
Steve Wilson is a 29-year-old head chef living and working in London.
He started out as a waiter and worked his way up to working in Michelin star restaurants in Provence, France. Classically trained, Steve is proving to be a real competitor on this season of MasterChef.
Steve is currently the head chef at the Main Barn of the elite Soho Farmhouse. He has been in this role from April 2019.
We found Steve on Instagram @chefstevenwilson.
By the looks of Arbinder’s LinkedIn profile, he’s been studying the culinary field since 2001.
Arbinder works as a senior chef de partie at Bedford Hotel, Sidmouth.
Previous to his current role, Arbinder worked in Mumbai for the Marriott hotel chain.
Stu Deeley is a 27-year-old head chef from Birmingham. He currently works at the famously quirky and inventive, The Wilderness in his home city.
If you were a fan of Stu’s on MasterChef: The Professionals and want to know more about him, then you can check him out on Instagram @stuartdee91.
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Frontrunner Freddie Innes is a 25-year-old senior sous chef originally from Turners Hill, Sussex.
At the age of 16, he worked as a trainee commis at Ockenden Manor in West Sussex. But early this year Freddie returned to Ockenden Manor as their senior sous chef. Now, that’s coming full circle!
Check out Freddie on Instagram @chef_freddie11.
Olivia Burt is the only female competitor who has made it to the final twelve.
The 24-year-old chef is originally from Worcestershire but now lives and works in London. For the past three years that Olivia has been living in London, she has worked at five-star hotel Claridge’s. She is their sous chef.
Olivia has over 3,000 follows on Instagram with whom she shares all her best foodie snaps. You can check out Olivia’s Insta @cheflivburt.
Malin De Silva is a 36-year-old chef living and working in south-west Wales. Over the past nine years he has worked in the food industry, Malin has used influences from his Sri Lankan heritage and British cuisine to create his own signature style.
And it went down a treat with the judges!
You can follow Malin on Instagram under the handle @chefmaldesilva.
Yann Florio is a 30-year-old French private chef. He already owns his own catering business, Far Out Food Limited which he started back in 2017.
To find out more about Yann and to see his best foodie snaps, find him on Instagram @yann_florio.
Who else is in the final 12?
Completing the line-up for the final 12 is Andrew, James C and Monty.
Although Monty is the youngest chefs in the competition at just 21 years old, he’s definitely made an impression and proves that age is just a number. Monty’s one to watch!
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