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The Masterchef TV show has been broadcast all over the world and after many years of waiting, it has finally arrived in Spain! Masterchef Espana made its TV debut on 10th April 2013 and began in style, with an epic first episode, full of drama, flair and passion.
Masterchef is presented by the model, presenter and actress, Eva Gonzalez, and has three high profile judges who will be putting the contestants through their paces each week. You can follow the progress of the show and catch up with the latest episodes right here. So please bookmark this page if you want to keep up to date.
Here is a quick profile of the judges who will deciding the fate of the hopeful amateur cooks on this years show!
Jordi Cruz has enjoyed a career path that is rare and unique in the culinary world. He achieved at a young age what many chefs never achieve in a lifetime and now stands as one of the most important figures in Spanish cuisine. The inspirational chef was born in Manresa (Barcelona) in 1978 and has been awarded a total of four Michelin stars in his career. When he was awarded his first star, at the age of 24, he became the youngest ever Spanish recipient of the coveted prize.
He started work at Estany Clar Cercs in Barcelona, where he won the first star, before moving to L'Angle de Sant Fruitós de Bages in December 2007, where he gained another star after just seven months. In 2010 he moved to the famous ABaC Restaurant & Hotel in Barcelona which was awarded Best Restaurant in Catalonia 2011 by the Catalan Academy of Gastronomy. By 2012 the restaurant had been awarded its second Michelin star and Jordi was chosen to be a judge on the new series of Masterchef Espana.
His cooking style embraces the avant-garde influences of the great Basque and Catalonian chefs but with a strong emphasis on tradition and produce. He is the author of 'Cooking with logic: the art and concepts of Clar Estany cuisine’ and is currently working on his second book.
Samantha Vallejo Nágera is the owner of Spain’s leading catering company and has a vast culinary experience that covers every aspect of the kitchen from cooking through to management.
She began her cooking career in the kitchen at Horcher in Madrid before heading to France to study at the Paul Bocuse cookery school. In Spain, she has worked at the very highest level with the Arzaks in San Sebastian and also spent time in New York organizing catering events with Anthony Todd. It was this work that inspired Samantha to open her own business, which is now regarded as the benchmark for Spanish catering.
Here ability to cater for large numbers of people whilst retaining an incredible eye for detail means that contestants on Masterchef Espana will have a tough job impressing this formidable judge.
Pepe Rodriguez is head chef at the `El Bohio’ restaurant in Illescas, Toledo, a town that Anthony Bourdain harshly described as a bleak and industrial. El Bohio has been in the family since 1930 when it first opened its doors to locals, serving simple food using whatever sparse ingredients were available. It is now one of the most highly regarded restaurants in Spain and has held a Michelin star since 1999.
Pepe has trained under some of the greatest chefs in Spain including his mentor, Martin Berasategui, and Ferran Adria, the legendary chef from restaurant El Bulli. He has won many awards and continues to push himself in a relentless pursuit of excellence. As well as cooking some of the best food in Spain and working as an ambassador for the cuisine of Castile–La Mancha, Pepe also runs a consultancy business and has taught many cookery classes. He is now recognized as one of Spain’s most influential chefs.
With his poker-faced demeanor and steely gaze, he is sure to strike fear into the hearts of the Masterchef contestants.
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