Really? I infinitely prefer the UK version of Masterchef Professionals. This one was like a cross between that show and the US version of Hell's Kitchen (which I loathe). It might make for better TV (in terms of targeting viewers who want drama and less culinary skill or originality) but it makes it harder to take seriously otherwise. The finale was incredibly contrived (a tie for second place, and the winner winning by a single point!) and the winner felt hand chosen by the producers. I knew the way the wind was blowing about 5 episodes ago… I was hoping to be wrong (just b/c it was so damn predictable) but I was not.
I wasn't thrilled with the winner, but not too unhappy, either. I actually liked this season a lot, but the finale felt very flat for some reason. It's still a lot better than the Masterchef US finales, though, where all they have to do is cook a three-course dinner for one – something they can plan way in advance. I do hope that my personal favorite, who alas did not win, goes on to have an amazing career.