Tonight is the opening heat and six professional chefs from all over the country arrive at the kitchen to stake their claim on the title.
Two daunting challenges are first – the dreaded skills test, followed by the chance to cook their own signature dish for the judges.
Three chefs will be sent home at the end of the week, leaving the strongest three to face the week's quarter final. But who will showcase their creativity, palate and style enough to impress the toughest judges on telly?
MasterChef: The Professionals, BBC2, 8pm
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