Cooking on the telly looks easy when you’re watching MasterChef from home, but would you ever give it a go yourself? If you live and breathe food and think you have what it takes to become the next MasterChef Champion - Professional, Amateur or Young, then why not apply to be a contestant? Applications should be made on the MasterChef TV website via the links below.

Apply for MasterChef UK: The Professionals

If you aren’t an amateur chef, there’s always MasterChef UK’s spin-off series The Professionals - and here is what you need to know. Presiding over the UK’s most recognised cooking competition will be Michelin-starred chef Marcus Wareing, the acclaimed chef Monica Galetti, and of course, MasterChef UK judge, Gregg Wallace.

In the final, the judges will accept nothing less than spectacular perfection as contestants produce their best three course menu, in order to crown one chef the MasterChef: The Professional champion.

To apply for MasterChef The Professionals you need to be aged at least 20 and have worked for at least two years as a chef in a professional kitchen and/or have the following minimum qualifications: NVQ LEVEL 3 706/1 and 706/2 or equivalent.

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Apply for MasterChef UK

The MasterChef team say: “Appearing on MasterChef has been a life-changing experience for many of our contestants and a platform from which to launch a lifelong career in food. If you have always had a passion for cooking and believe you have what it takes to join our Wall of Fame then apply."

If you’ve ever fancied wearing that iconic MasterChef apron and baking, roasting or frying your way to success, you could be in with a chance - As well as being 18 or over, and an amateur chef, here’s what you need to know.

You must not have a NVQ or other professional catering qualification acquired within the last 10 years, worked full time as a chef or run a food or catering business, nor have never had a main source of income from preparing and cooking fresh in a professional environment.

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