Leeds chef Matt Healy returns to TV screens in MasterChef

Michelin-starred chef Marcus Wareing visited Leeds-born Matt at his restaurant Matt Healy x The Foundry in Holbeck to film part of a one-off special –MasterChef: The Professionals Rematch, which will air on BBC Two, December 27th.

Matt said: “It was so surreal to see Marcus walk through the doors. I have so much respect for him and I was really nervous to have him come all the way to Leeds to visit me at the restaurant.

“We had a good catch up and talked about my performance on the programme in 2016 and what I’ve been doing since.

“It wasn’t that long ago that I was working in sales for a commercial kitchen company. Fast-forward a few years and I’ve been in the finals of MasterChef: The Professionals, launched MH x The Foundry, and Gron café in Roundhay, and now Marcus has come to visit me in my own restaurant.

“It’s been an incredible journey and a bit of a whirlwind. I’m so grateful for all the support I’ve had from friends, family, and fans of the show, not to mention the people of Leeds.”

MasterChef: The Professionals Rematch revisits finalists from previous years, and invites them back to the kitchen to prove to the judges how their food and skills have evolved.

Matt added: “Being back in the MasterChef kitchen for the second time was just as nerve-wracking as it was the first time round. This time I’ve got even more to prove and I really wanted to show them how I’ve continued to progress.”

He added: “You’ll have to watch the episode to see what happens!”

MasterChef: The Professionals Rematch will be shown on Thursday, December 27th at 8pm on BBC Two.

TopicUK group editor Gill Laidler was delighted to visit Matt’s restaurant in Leeds recently and you can read about her visit and what she thought of the award winning ‘Sunday roast’ she sampled. Edition due out early February.