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Why MasterChef: The Professionals is the cruellest reality TV show

It’s the only reality television that can do lasting damage, because the contestants aren’t just judged on their cooking … but their entire livelihood. The stakes could not be higher

On most reality shows the stakes aren’t very high. Yes, you might have to eat the odd koala anus, but that’s about as bad as the jeopardy gets. There is nothing that will do lasting damage. Reality shows simply aren’t real enough. The competitors on The Apprentice, for instance, aren’t real businessmen and women. Likewise, the contestants on The Great British Bake Off are just cuddly amateurs and the only thing they really have to lose is the will to live after the eighth take of a clunky innuendo. But on MasterChef: The Professionals the drama is real and terrifying because the contestants aren’t just being judged on their cooking, but their entire livelihood.
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The Great British Bake Off review – blood, innuendo and drizzle cake

Contestants were starting to crack like eggs even before the show began – and then they got asked to make jaffa cakes. Plus: the Chronicles of Nadiya sees last year’s winner head to her parent’s native Bangladesh

Seven series in, The Great British Bake Off (BBC1) is much the same as it ever was, but the stakes have steadily risen. While it remains every inch the cozy affair you remember from past seasons, it sometimes has the feel of a wildly popular spectator sport desperately clinging to amateur status. Over the years Gbbo has evolved into a ratings champion, a celebrity mill and a major driver of weird-ingredient panic buying. No amount of bunting can disguise the pressure-cooker atmosphere. Even before they entered the tent, one of the class of 2016 admitted to having “crazy dreams about cakes chasing me”. Another said: “I have shouted at a pie.” Save your nervous breakdown for the cameras,
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An idiot’s guide to working with chocolate at home

I know nothing about making chocolate. So why was I asked to create a chocolatey masterpiece alongside Marcus Wareing and Ramond Blanc – and how did I fare?

The secret to making chocolates at home is timing. For example, last time I tried, my timing was rubbish. We’d just moved into a new home. My parents had been made homeless by a house fire. My wife was in the final throes of pregnancy and couldn’t stop vomiting. I had bigger fish to fry. If I wanted chocolate that badly, I should have just waddled off to Lidl and bought a multipack of their manky-looking Snickers knock-offs.

But no. I’d been to Bruges, and I’d seen chocolates being made, and that was apparently all it took to convince me that I was a supernaturally talented chocolatier of international repute all along. Five hours after I started, I was
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What's New on Netflix, TV, Digital, and DVD/Blu-ray This Week: January 25-31

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At a loss for what to watch this week? From new DVDs and Blu-rays, to what's streaming on Netflix, we've got you covered.

New on DVD and Blu-ray

"Goosebumps"

Jack Black plays author R.L. Stine in this monster family hit, which arrives on Blu-ray and DVD January 26. The "spook-tacular" special features include an alternate opening and ending, deleted scenes, a blooper reel, and a casting gallery. There are also two new featurettes -- "Beginners Guide to Surviving a Goosebumps Creature" and "Strange Things are Happening...On-Set" -- with actors Dylan Minette and Ryan Lee. Blu-ray exclusives include "All About Slappy" and a "Creaturefied!" featurette with makeup FX artist Steve Prouty demonstrating how to become your favorite Goosebumps creature.

Check out this exclusive clip with Jack Black and Slappy talking about working with each other: "Chi-Raq"

Spike Lee's clever modern-day adaptation of the Greek play "Lysistrata" comes out on DVD
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Tuesday’s best TV: MasterChef: The Professionals; We’re Doomed! The Dad’s Army Story; Luther

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The chefs are set an invention test, John Sessions is astonishing as Arthur Lowe, and things come to a spectacular head in the final part of the detective special

Tonight, five become four as the cook-off reaches its final stages. Marcus Wareing, Gregg Wallace and the culinary goddess that is Monica Galetti set an invention test, in which the chefs must make a meal out of meat scraps. After one hopeful is sent home, the rest must cook for 22 Michelin-starred chefs, including Michael Caines and Jocelyn Herland, preparing every bite of every course themselves. Continues on Wednesday, with the grand final on Thursday. Hannah Verdier

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Tuesday’s best TV: MasterChef: The Professionals; Dog Rescuers at Christmas With Alan Davies; Luther; Blood and Gold: The Making of Spain

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Semi-final of the upmarket Ready, Steady Cook; our Alan follows the work of the Rspca; Idris Elba dons his smart grey Crombie; Simon Sebag Montefiore looks into Spain’s ‘long war’. Plus: How the super-rich do Christmas

It’s very much a case of poacher turned gamekeeper as the first two semi-finalists battle for a spot in the last round. Anton Piotrowski, joint winner of this very show in 2012, now runs the Michelin-starred Treby Arms in Sparkwell, Devon. He’s in charge as the two 2015 wannabes take on a signature dish each for a bustling lunch service. Having also attempted the pigeon wellington that helped Piotrowski win three years ago, they return to MasterChef HQ to make Monica Galetti and Marcus Wareing a main course and dessert. Jack Seale

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Burnt Review

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Foodie movies are far and few between, and generally speaking, the majority of them are stale leftovers that you wouldn't feed to a stray dog. Expect plenty of food puns here people. I've prepared an extra portion or two! Sorry. While The Hundred Foot Journey is one example of being perfectly edible, for the best food movie you'll ever consume, you need Jon Favreau's Chef. That's a five star experience. And safe to say, Favreau's masterpiece is still the best restaurant in town (ok ,I'll stop) as Bradley Coopers latest offering, Burnt is something that should have never come out of the kitchen in the first place. Cooper, plays Adam. A chef looking for a few michelin stars and redemption after a bout of booze and substance abuse as well as setting fire to numerous bridges. While the food looks good (the movie was exec produced by Gordon Fucking
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Sorry, Craft Services: 'Burnt' Cast Binged on Michelin-Starred Meals Between Takes

Sorry, Craft Services: 'Burnt' Cast Binged on Michelin-Starred Meals Between Takes
Craft services be damned — the cast of Burnt grazed on food prepared by an actual Michelin-starred chef between takes. "Everything [in each scene] was exceptional, and I was so happy because the catering was really bad," Daniel Bruhl, who plays a maitre d' to Bradley Cooper's Adam Jones, told The Hollywood Reporter at the Weinstein Co. film's New York City premiere at the Museum of Modern Art last week. The film features plates created by Michelin-star chef Marcus Wareing and, according to the cast, none were above sampling the goods every chance they got. "Anything that wasn't nailed down, I

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Bradley Cooper, ‘Burnt’ Cast and Crew Dish on Favorite Restaurants, Secrets From the Kitchen

Bradley Cooper, ‘Burnt’ Cast and Crew Dish on Favorite Restaurants, Secrets From the Kitchen
While the cast and execs behind the Weinstein Co.’s film “Burnt” may deem themselves food enthusiasts, many of them would never regard themselves as good cooks.

“I used to say I was good, but I’d never say that now because I’ve actually been around people who can cook. So now I know I warm a few things up in the kitchen,” said helmer John Wells at the MoMA screening Tuesday. The film follows Bradley Cooper as a washed up top chef going for his third Michelin star.

“I’m sort of a good enough cook. I can throw things together. I can follow a recipe. But this movie can definitely make anyone feel insecure about any skills that they may have,” said producer Stacey Sher. “And I don’t have anywhere near the knife skills that Sienna (Miller) and Bradley (Cooper) and Daniel (Bruhl) and Sam (Keeley) have.
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Michel Roux Jr on new series First Class Chefs: 'I hope it inspires children to get in the kitchen'

The former MasterChef judge has gone to the Disney Channel to put kids aged 9-11 through their culinary paces, the winner getting £10,000

In your new Disney Channel series First Class Chefs, kids aged 9-11 compete to showcase their restaurant skills. Are there tears when teams are eliminated?

There are stages where they’re told sorry, you’re not through to the next round. I’ve done that in the nicest possible way. Yes, there were tears because they do take it seriously. But to get a winner, there will be losers.

Related: Can uptight Marcus Wareing save MasterChef: The Professionals?

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MasterChef's Michel Roux Jr on "hypocritical" and "two-faced" BBC

Celebrity chef Michael Roux Jr has criticised the "hypocritical" and "two-faced" BBC.

Roux Jr discussed the broadcaster's decision to replace him as presenter of MasterChef: The Professionals earlier in the year because of a "conflict in commercial interests".

The dispute with the broadcaster arose due to his commercial agreements with Albert Bartlett potatoes.

Speaking to Business First, Roux said: "My view on the BBC is that they are run by a bunch of bureaucrats that adhere to an outdated editorial policy."

He added: "And I do feel that they are hypocritical and that they are two-faced. There are lots of other TV presenters - not just chefs - who endorse products openly, do not toe the line and are allowed to get away with it.

"There were so many precedents to this situation of openly endorsing a product for financial gain - several outrageously big precedents before me - but
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Can uptight Marcus Wareing save MasterChef: The Professionals?

Lovely Michel Roux Jr has been replaced by a wazzock. But is he what the show needs to recover from the farce that was the last series?

MasterChef: The Professionals arrives on Tuesday in terrible shape. It hasnt really recovered from 2012 when it ended with a thundering cop-out two chefs won, turning an ostensibly prestigious culinary showcase into a primary schools egg-painting competition. Then, earlier this year, it lost star judge Michel Roux Jr to the presumably lucrative world of potato ambassadorship.

But the worst news was yet to come. In June it was announced that Michel Roux Jr lovely, twinkly Michel Roux Jr would be replaced by Marcus Wareing. This was cause for concern because, if youve ever seen Marcus Wareing on television before, youll know that the man comes across as a wazzock. A colossal, blistering, uptight, self-important, hair-shirted wazzock whose stock in trade involves swaggering onto cookery shows,
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What to Watch: Tonight's TV Picks - MasterChef, The Vampire Diaries

MasterChef: The Professionals: BBC Two, 8pm

Gregg Wallace and Monica Galetti return for a new series of the competitive cooking show - a variant on the original MasterChef featuring professional working chefs.

However, for this seventh run, Marcus Wareing steps in to replace Michel Roux Jr as judge, helping to whittle down five ambitious chefs to four as the first heat gets under way.

The Flash: Sky1, 8pm

Us TV's newest superhero series continues, as Barry Allen (Grant Gustin) comes up against Multiplex - a metahuman capable of spawning his own clones.

Barry also has to face his own physical limitations as his new powers begin to take their toll, while Dr Wells has to decide how far he will go to protect his new subject.

The Vampire Diaries: ITV2, 9pm

The supernatural soap returns for a sixth season, with the residents of Mystic Falls all working
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Chef! Movie Recipes For a Feast of Cinema

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The release this week of Jon Favreau’s Chef provides a new addition to the popular sub-genre of Food Cinema. From Eat, Drink, Man, Woman (1994) to Julia & Julia (2009), film directors have often created meals so mouth-watering that the thought of another handful of chewy, over-toffeed popcorn makes a mockery of one’s very soul.

Here then is the ultimate HeyUGuide to the ultimate Cine-Banquet, for any budding chefs out there to prepare for like-minded friends (please consult Alexander Payne’s Sideways for your wine selection).

Amuse-bouche: ‘Rillettes du Canard’ Red Dragon (2002)

“Hannibal, confess. What is this divine looking amuse-bouche?” Dr. Lecter is perhaps wise to keep back some of the secrets of the lavish banquet he has prepared for The Baltimore Opera Society. Few of them would suspect that the missing (and talentless) flutist from their own woodwind section is not just the ghost at the feast, but the key ingredient.
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MasterChef: The Professionals - Marcus Wareing joins as new judge

Marcus Wareing has signed up to become a new judge on MasterChef: The Professionals.

The culinary expert - who has two Michelin stars, winning his first at the age of 25 - will join Monica Galetti and Gregg Wallace on the panel when the show returns later this year.

He takes over from Michel Roux Jr, who was forced to quit the series because of a "conflict in commercial interests" and later complained that "negotiating with the BBC can be a frustrating process".

Wareing, who began his career at The Savoy when he was 18, already runs two restaurants in London and will open his third - Tredwell's - in September.

"I have been watching MasterChef since I was a young kid at catering college, and in more recent years I have enjoyed an established relationship with the programme," Wareing said.

"To now become part of the show is hugely exciting for
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BBCs MasterChef: The Professionals signs up Marcus Wareing

Michelin-starred chef will join Monica Galetti and Gregg Wallace on judging panel after Michel Roux Jr quit series

Michelin-starred chef Marcus Wareing is to succeed Michel Roux Jr as a judge on BBC2 series MasterChef: The Professionals.

Roux stepped down earlier this year as a result of a dispute with the BBC about his endorsement of a brand of potatoes.

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Natalie Coleman: 'I can't believe I won MasterChef with a scotch egg'

MasterChef winner Natalie Coleman spills the beans about her winning meal and making John Torode yelp like cowboy

Last night, 29-year-old Londoner Natalie Coleman was crowned MasterChef champion.

The part-time DJ had been a frontrunner for weeks, winning everyone over with her technical knowhow and irrepressible spirit. Her final dish last night – essentially a roast dinner and a scotch egg – was good enough to make John Torode yelp like a weird little cowboy. By MasterChef standards, that's high praise indeed.

Congratulations Natalie! How many of these interviews have you done today?

Thanks! I don't know how many I've done today. I've been cooking as well. It's meant that, instead of just doing interviews, I got to actually do something that I wanted to do today. Cooking!

Well done for winning with a scotch egg, too.

Do you know what? I can't believe I won MasterChef with a roast dinner and a scotch egg.
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MasterChef final 2013: who will win?

Larkin went to pieces in front of Marcus Wareing and Dale is difficult to root for – which leaves the irrepressible Natalie. Who do you want to win?

This year's MasterChef final takes place tonight. But you've seen MasterChef before. You know that the real final has already happened. Tonight will be for hearing the life stories of the three remaining contestants. It'll be for moderately overstating their abilities to make it seem like they've progressed further than they really have. It's for long pauses and unnecessarily dramatic Coldplay choruses. But, make no mistake, at this point everybody already knows who's going to win.

Or perhaps it just feels that way because we've spent such a long time with the finalists. This series of MasterChef seems to have lolloped along for an age, never really attaining the giddy heights of previous years. The new palate test was a dud. The contestants
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Is Great British Menu the most self-important show ever?

BBC2's battle of the professional chefs is ridiculously uptight – but its overdramatic approach to food judging is also what makes it brilliantly watchable

There's something perversely beautiful about the fact that Great British Menu has a Comic Relief theme this year. Because, really, what could possibly be less amusing than an episode of Great British Menu? The show has a lot going for it – the rivalries that exist between professional chefs are fascinating, and their jockeying for position is endlessly watchable – but on the vast spectrum of funny, Great British Menu languishes down at the thin end, next to things such as weeping sores and recruitment consultancy.

The Great British Bake Off could get away with dedicating a brief run to Comic Relief last week because it has an innate lightness of touch about it. But Great British Menu is unquestionably one of television's most self-important programmes. Day after day,
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Food TV: a crop of lemons

The current batch of food programmes is dreadful, all manufactured drama and monkey tennis. What's on your wish list for the future of food TV?

In a year of unsurpassed mediocrity, cliché and downright lunacy, food television has just had one low point after another. Do commissioning editors really consider the viewing public so ignorant that they'll think a ubiquitous fashion bloke shouting "Wok On!" is the next Keith Floyd? The worst moment of 2012 for me, however, was Michel Roux Snr competing in an "omelette challenge" on BBC Saturday Kitchen. Making Michel Roux Snr do an omelette challenge is like making Beethoven fart a sonata through a kazoo.

Devised initially as a cheap vehicle to promote BBC food output, Saturday Kitchen now has the whiff of the rugger changing room. Generally it involves four middle aged blokes, paunchy and smug, moist of brow from all the back slapping and banter.
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