Justin, Brian, Mark, Darren and Ollie cook for survival on day one of MasterChef The Professionals 2014

It is the start of a new season of MasterChef: The Professionals and the first five chefs looking to claim the MasterChef: The Professionals crown entered the kitchen to face judges Marcus Wareing, Monica Galetti and food critic Gregg Wallace.

The first five chefs to cook in the new series are:

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Justin age 33 from Suffolk,
Brian age 31 from Aberdeen,
Mark age 32 from Halifax,
Darren age 33 from Lake District,
Ollie age 25 from Norfolk.

Justin, Brian, Mark, Darren and Ollie begin their bid for the coveted title with a total of three daunting tests to determine who is good enough to progress to the next round, and who must be sent home.
Cooking in a brand new MasterChef kitchen, the first challenge they face is the Signature Dish Test. The five chefs have one hour to cook one plate of food that showcases just what they can do, before one must leave.

The four remaining chefs must then take on Monica’s Skills Test followed by Marcus Wareing’s Invention Test before one of them is sent home.