POPULAR TV series, MasterChef: The Professionals is seeking contestants in Hampshire.

The acclaimed TV cooking show is back for its 17th series, and is looking for undiscovered new talent and exciting food within the culinary world.

Recruiters for the series are "calling out to all chefs who want the enter the ultimate cooking competition, to test their skills on a national level under the wings of culinary legends".

Throughout the years, MasterChef: The Professionals has discovered rising stars.

Past contestants have gone on to open restaurants, judge competitions on television, write cookbooks, and even win Michelin stars of their own.

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Basingstoke Gazette: Chariya KhattiyotChariya Khattiyot (Image: Shine TV/BBC)

"An opportunity like no other", the competition continues to celebrate the diversity of food culture found all over the UK and encourages and welcomes applications from all groups within the catering industry.

A show spokesperson said: "We want to celebrate the food cooked up and down the hospitality industry in the UK."

Hampshire is no stranger to MasterChef talent, last year's winner of the main show, Chariya Khattiyot, lives in the county.

The 40-year-old contestant, who lived in Farnborough during filming but now lives in Basingstoke, went from master coffee roaster to MasterChef Champion.

If you feel inspired by the likes of Chariya Khattiyot, follow the link and apply for yourself: masterchef.tv/professionals

Applications close on March 18, 2024.