THE year has just got a little better for cooking show aficionados – asMasterchef: The Professionals is back on our screens.
Fans were worried that the hit cooking competition would be interrupted due to the pandemic, but Marcus, Monica and Gregg are back in the MasterChef kitchen.
Where was MasterChef: The Professionals filmed?
3 Mills Studios
MasterChef: The Professionals is filmed at 3 Mills Studios.
3 Mills Studios is an iconic British filming location in East London.
With 9 filming stages, 11 theatre spaces and over 75,000 sq. ft. of filming space, it has been used for countless films and TV shows.
As well as being the home to the kitchens for all of the MasterChef franchises, it has provided the filming location for Hell's Kitchen, RuPaul's Drag Race, Killing Eve season two, Our Girl and The Third Day.
From 2005-2011, MasterChef was filmed at City University's Halls of Residence on Bastwick Street in London.
For the following three years, filming moved to the Ram Brewery in Wandsworth, before finding a home at 3 Mills in 2014.
Filming for this series of the show kicked off back in July, despite all the complications that coronavirus posed to the TV industry.
Back in July, MasterChef spokeswoman said : “We are ensuring that all Covid-19 filming protocols are being adhered to as set out in industry-wide filming guidelines published last week.”
Gregg Wallace also explained how this year has been different with social distancing rules in force: "Me, Marcus and Monica used to elbow each other out the way round the plate, now we go up like a buffet and we take a bit out of each plate.
"The chefs cook, then with clean cutlery we take a bit off and then take it away. Slightly different but not majorly different."
Filming of the show has now wrapped up, and contestants are sworn to secrecy about who the champion is.
When is MasterChef on BBC and how many episodes are there?
MasterChef: The Professionals series 12 kicked off on November 5 at 8pm on BBC Two.
The show runs for seven weeks and episodes usually air on Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays at the same time each week, with the final being on the 24 December.
You can watch episodes and catch up online via the BBC iPlayer here.
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