THE KIWI chef who has emerged as the unexpected star of UK television’s MasterChef: The Professionals has one word of advice for contestants in New Zealand’s version of the show.
“Keep it simple but do it perfect – you can’t go wrong.”
Monica Galetti, who grew up in Wellington, has earned herself the reputation of possibly being the scariest chef on television. As British newspaper The Mirror noted, she may not swear like Gordon Ramsay or boil over like Marco Pierre White, but she’s left experienced contestants “fluffing their flambes and goofing up their goujons”.
It is Galetti whom chefs vying for the MasterChef title must first impress before they get a chance to cook for her boss, the legendary Michel Roux Jr, whose London restaurant, Le Gavroche, holds three coveted Michelin stars.
Speaking to the Sunday Star-Times from Le Gavroche’s busy kitchen, where she has worked for 10 years, Galetti concedes that when it comes to work she is fierce.