This year, William J M Chilila 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.
William Jacob Mwila Chilila is a 26 year old sous chef at the Orrery, London and has been cooking for almost 10 years professionally.
We spoke to Chef William to find out more about his experience on the BBC2 show…
What was the reason in taking part on Masterchef?
To challenge myself and also to see what I can do under immense pressure.
Is there a way to handle the criticism from the judges?
Their isn’t a way to handle the criticism because it can knock hard… but the best way is to take it on the chin and build, learn from it is the best advice I found.
What is the atmosphere like in the kitchen cooking alongside other chefs?
The pressure is high as everyone is sizing each other up and this creates a competitive atmosphere but it drives you to be better.
What is your approach to the imagination & creation of your dishes?
Try not to use everything, take a deep breath and asses the brief given to you. Then plan your approach, attack and deliver a flavourful dish.
What is your cooking style and what can people expect from the food on your menu?
My style of cooking is like going on an adventure, you never know what to expect. I like the element of surprise with not giving away too much. I like to be very playful with my flavours, colours and textures. Using classic methods and local produce is vital to me as you tell a story of whats around you.
What was your greatest accomplishment during your time on Masterchef?
Just getting this far or being given the opportunity to take part in what I would say is the most competitive stage I’ve been on.
Were there any down sides during your time on Masterchef?
None so far I hope it stays that way, nothing to regret and I am enjoying every moment as it comes.
Would you take part again if the opportunity was to come around & would there be anything you would change?
Yes of course I would definitely recommend this to a friend because its fantastic stage to show case your skills and also challenge yourself.