MASTERCHEF: The Professionals judge and celebrity chef Monica Galetti has had a glittering career.
The celebrity chef is back for another series of MasterChef: The Professionals on the BBC – here's her story…
BBC Monica also works as the UK Tourism Ambassador for her home country
Where is Monica Galetti from?
Monica was born in Samoa in the South Pacific, where she was raised by her aunts until she was eight-years-old.
She then moved to Wellington, New Zealand, where she lived with her parents and five siblings.
The television chef is still loyal to her roots, as she currently serves Samoa as the UK Tourism Ambassador.
Mum-of-one Monica is married to French wine expert David Galetti, who was the Head Sommelier at Le Gavroche – one of London's leading restaurants.
How did Monica Galetti’s career begin?
BBC Monica worked her way up from one of the lowest-rank chef jobs at a two Michelin-starred restaurant to where she is today
The experienced chef began her training at the Central Institute of Technology, Wellington, in the early 1990s.
When she was finished with her studies, she landed her first proper cooking job at a nearby restaurant, Timothy’s.
Her cooking impressed the owner so much that she was sent to cooking competitions across the world, including Europe.
This was perhaps what inspired her to start looking for a job in London, where she punted her CV to some of the top restaurants.
How did Monica Galetti become famous?
Getty Images – WireImage Following over a decade at La Gavroche, Monica is planning on opening her own restaurant
Her qualifications must’ve impressed Michel Roux Jr, who gave her a junior role as first commis chef at his two-star Michelin restaurant, Le Gavroche.
Since working at the fine dining establishment since 1999, she’s worked her way up to senior sous chef, a position she maintained until 2015.
Impressively, she was the first woman to land a senior role in the kitchens of the restaurant.
Where else may you know Monica Galetti from?
She is one of the judges on popular BBC cooking show MasterChef: The Professionals
Although the chef has made many television appearances, her most notable has got to be her work on MasterChef: The Professionals.
Since 2009, the harsh but fair critic has put chefs through their paces on the TV cooking contest, where she hosts alongside Marcus Wareing and Gregg Wallace.
Monica has also featured on documentary Food and Drink in 2013 and the Great British Food Revival in 2012.
In the same year, she released her own book, Monica’s Kitchen, which was released by Quadrille Publishing.
Does Monica Galetti have her own restaurant?
News Group Newspapers Ltd The TV judge is branching out
Monica has a wealth of experience working at one of London’s most critically acclaimed fine dining establishments, and now she’s started a business venture of her own.
In early 2017 Monica opened a new restaurant in London alongside her husband David.
In March, the Masterchef judge unveiled her own establishment, Mere, on Charlotte Street, Fitzrovia.
The name is a combination of the French word for mum and the Samoan word for Mary, the name of Monica’s mother.
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