The Royal Society of Medicine (RSM), 1 Wimpole Street in London appeared on television on 7 December when BBC 2’s MasterChef: The Professionals visited the venue during knockout week.
Judged by Monica Galetti and Michelin-starred chef Marcus Wearing, five of the 10 remaining chefs in the competition battled it out in the kitchens at 1 Wimpole Street. For the first time they had to work together as a team to create and cook a three-course fine dining menu.
With two and a half hours to complete the task the final menu was served to a panel consisting of the RSM’s president, Mr Babulal Sethia, plus five distinguished guests, including director of 1 Wimpole Street, Nigel Collett.
Not only did the chefs have to design a spectacular menu, but they also had to offer vegetarian options for the president.
The meal started with an amuse bouche, an interesting take on a cauliflower ice-cream, followed by a Gazpacho starter with pickled vegetable and basil oil which impressed the panel enormously.
The main course was lamb three ways; loin, sweetbread and breast. The vegetarian option was a combination of asparagus, miso and ginger.
Puddings of gooseberry and apple crème brûlée were followed, followed by a Caribbean baked Alaska – an impressive dish to pull off given the time frame and pressure on the team.
Now at the final stretch of the competition; the most talented chefs will go on to the semi-finals.