Far Northern exposure on MasterChef
ANTHONY Bantoft will represent the Far North when he whips up his flavoursome delights for the new MasterChef series The Professionals.
But the 33-year-old private chef, who flew from Miami for the start of the Channel 10 series after working on superyachts around the world, will have to watch the show online when it airs on January 20.
"I'm flying back to Florida on January 18 and will be in Monaco in April and March," he said.
"I'm going to miss the lot of it."
The Cairns contender gets paid to live the high life working for the rich and famous and serving the likes of Penelope Cruz, Sean Connery, Tommy Lee Jones and Andre Agassi.
To qualify for the hit series he had to create three dishes over 45 minutes and for the first night had to cook for 120 people all the 18 contestants' family and friends.
"It was a great experience, all the publicity, all the fun, all the heat of the moment," he said.
"With MasterChef The Professionals, it's all about individuality and creating the ultimate masterpiece."
The program, which was shot over three months, is hosted by world-renowned chefMarco Pierre White and food critic Matt Preston and despite cooking for the wealthy and sometimes fussy celebrities, Mr Bantoft said it didn't stop him feeling nervous when the pressure was on in front of his idols.
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Professional: Globe-trotting Cairns chef Anthony Bantoft will fly the flag for the Far North on MasterChef: The Professionals. Picture: STEWART MCLEAN