Anna Haugh will join BBC One’s MasterChef: The Professionals as judge for the next series alongside Marcus Wareing and Gregg Wallace, it was announced today (FRIDAY).
The announcement comes after MasterChef: The Professionals judge, Monica Galetti, stepped down from filming to balance the needs of her restaurant business and her family.
Anna Haugh is the chef patron of Myrtle Restaurant in Chelsea. She joins Marcus Wareing and Gregg Wallace for series 15, which returns to BBC One later this year.
Anna has been cooking professionally for almost 20 years. She started her apprenticeship in L’Ecrivain in Dublin before she went on to work in Paris for Gualtiero Marchesi.
When Anna moved to London, she worked with Shane Osborn at Pied a Terre, Philip Howard at The Square and then was head chef in the opening of London House for Gordon Ramsay.
MasterChef Executive Editor, David Ambler, said: “Anna brings a wealth of culinary expertise and experience to the competition, and we’re delighted to welcome her as a judge on MasterChef: The Professionals.”
Anna said: “MasterChef has an impeccable reputation and legacy within the hospitality industry. I have long-admired Monica as an incredible chef and she’s paved the way for female chefs. It’s a privilege to be keeping her seat warm in the MasterChef kitchen.”
BBC Commissioning Editor, Entertainment, Sarah Clay said: “Anna is a wonderful addition to the MasterChef family, her food knowledge is exceptional. I’m looking forward to seeing her critiques and bringing her warmth and enthusiasm to the kitchen.”
Anna is a regular chef on BBC One’s Morning Live where she spoke about her new role as judge (see clip link below). She is also host and regular guest chef on BBC One’s Saturday Kitchen; was one of the main chefs on BBC’s Ready Steady Cook, and took part in Season 2 of Snackmasters on Channel 4 and three series of BBC One’s Royal Recipes.
Notes to Editors
Based on a format created by Franc Roddam, MasterChef sets out to find amazing amateur cooks whose talent, dedication and passion for food could change their lives forever. The format has enjoyed unprecedented success globally, with 65 local versions to-date, more than 10,000 episodes and 500 series worldwide, achieving No.1 status in many territories.
Produced by Shine TV here in the UK, there have been 18 series of the revamped version of MasterChef; 16 series of Celebrity MasterChef, 14 series of MasterChef: The Professionals; three series of Junior MasterChef and recent commission for BBC Three, Young MasterChef (W/T).
MasterChef has consistently been the BBC’s highest rating cookery format over the past five years. It was the third most watched programme on iPlayer in 2020 and the last series had its highest rating launch since 2017. Celebrity MasterChef is the BBC’s second highest rating cookery show after MasterChef, while the most recent series of MasterChef: The Professionals, (which moved from BBC Two to BBC One in 2020), saw a record-breaking performance. Celebrity MasterChef, Junior MasterChef and MasterChef: The Professionals have all been Bafta-nominated and The Professionals won a BAFTA in 2010.
MasterChef is not only a hit in the UK. It is the most travelled food format in the world. To date, 65 territories have launched their own version of the programme. Since its inception, over 1 billion viewers worldwide have tuned in to watch contestants transform their lives through a passion for cooking and the phenomenon shows no signs of slowing down.