Masterchef: The Professionals seeks applications

Professional chefs are being given the chance to take part in an upcoming series of Masterchef: The Professionals.

According to details on the Shine Group website, the show is looking for chefs who will be aged over 20 this May, and have two or more years professional experience or certain minimum qualifications.

Chefs are advised that, because of the number of applications involved, they will not be contacted unless they reach the shortlist stage of the process.

Applicants must declare all their experience in Michelin starred restaurants and their connections to Michelin starred chefs. If they've taken part in a TV cookery programme before, this must also be declared.

There are a range of other important details for applicants to know, too, which can be found on the application page. This does not list a closing date, but applicants should seek out this information, as there will be a time after which it is no longer possible to apply for this series.

Last year's Masterchef: The Professionals winner  – the seventh for the UK show – was Steven Edwards.

"It feels so surreal; I don’t know what to say, apart from thank you!" he told the BBC following the win.

"I’m exceptionally happy, I can’t believe it, this is what dreams are made of isn’t it! I don’t know how to describe how I’m feeling, it means so much. These kinds of things don’t seem to happen to me, it just feels unbelievable."

Steve said that he grew up as part of the catering industry, and worked with his mum – a housekeeper – and dad – a waiter and later general manager for hotels – when he was on holiday from school.

Challenges involved in the show's most recent series included creating and making a two course Michelin starred dining experience for a selection of Michelin starred chefs, restaurateurs and inspectors. In the final, contestants made a three-course masterpiece for the judges.