Three of Britain’s top chefs – Tom Kitchin, Theo Randall and Michel Roux Jr – are going back to catering college in a new TV series that starts tonight on BBC2.
The culinary trio are each looking for a student to mentor, inspire and train to professional standards, who will eventually become their protégé.
Described as ‘a cooking competition like no other’, ‘The Chef’s Protégé is on weeknights for four weeks at 6.30pm.
Over 20 episodes, Michel Roux Jr of Le Gavroche, Theo Randall of Theo Randall at the Inter-Continental Park Lane London and Tom Kitchin of The Kitchin in Edinburgh will each spend a week at a catering college selecting candidates.
Each celebrity chef will then select two trainees who they will mentor. The series culminates when the protégés have to cook one final meal – to be judged by the chefs’ own mentors.
Michel Roux Jr’s mentor is his father, Albert Roux, while in Theo Randall’s case it’s River Café founder Ruth Rogers. Tom Kitchin’s mentor is Pierre Koffmann of The Berkeley Hotel.