Most readers will know that I am a lover of the Master Chef series and none more so than the ‘Professionals’ This year the line up was extraordinary. I picked my finalists not far into the series and was pleased that last night the winner was announced and it was young Laurence Henry a 25 year old Sous Chef at Sat Bains’ Michelin starred restaurant in Nottingham. I had picked him and the third runner up Mathew, the youngest at 23 but already a Head chef in a Mayfair restaurant, who was eliminated just before the final three battled it out.


THE THREE FINALISTS, (l-r) Laurence, Oli and Dean


Oli Martin was incredible; his imagination and skill was extraordinary and he was quite humble for such a talent. Scotsman Dean Banks, a private chef, brought to the table his experiences gained working in different locations around the world.

I have been in this industry all my working life and am a passionate foodie and can fry a good chip to boot, but these guys are in a different league, I know that chefs today are young and it is a young man’s game, but these young men are on a different level.


They all wowed the three judges, Marcus Wareing, Greg Wallace and Monica Galetti

As Marcus Wareing said, “these young men are the future.”

That cannot be denied.