This year, David Lawrence takes on Masterchef: The Professionals, cooking and competing through a variety of heats, quarter finals and knockouts until the ultimate winner is crowned. Greg Wallace, Marcus Wareing and Monica Galetti judge the dishes being served – with all the action, tantrums, successes and burning disasters caught on camera. The winner goes away with a trophy and the prestige of being The Professional Masterchef of the series.
David is originally from Jamaica, and has been travelling and working around the globe since 18 years old, from the states to New Zealand, Australia and the UK. He has been through a handful of Michelin-starred and multi restaurants, which were all a learning curve and a great experience for the travelling chef.
We spoke to Chef David to find out more about his experience on the BBC2 show…
What was the reason in taking part in Masterchef?
I took part in Masterchef to test myself against others in the industry and see how I compared while cooking Caribbean cuisine to represent my country.
Is there a way to handle the criticism from the judges?
The best way to handle criticism is to focus on how to get better every time.
What is the atmosphere like cooking alongside other chefs?
Cooking alongside other chefs is just like another day at work. We are all focused and want the best food to come out for the judges.
What is your approach to the imagination and creation of your dishes?
When it comes to my dishes I tried to incorporate Caribbean elements in a refined way that could be appreciated by anyone no matter where they are from.
What is your cooking style and what can people expect from the food on your menu?
Myy menu will always try to be seasonal and creative incorporating interesting techniques with familiar everyday food.
What was your greatest accomplishment during the show?
My greatest accomplishment was when Marcus said he liked my signature dish, it was a highlight having a chef at his level enjoy what I had made!
Are there any down sides?
The only downside was the fact that I was working full time and struggled to find time to practice.
Would you recommend for a friend to take part and why?
I would definitely take part again but id take holiday while I’m competing to focus fully on the competition.